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Posted by African Girl on 06/09/2006
A little disclaimer: I have never had the meat at this restaurant and from the other reviews and friends opinions it isn't too hot. With that said the Vegetarian Mesob (Combination platter with dollops of various vegetables) is the best I have ever had. I worked at an Ethiopian restaurant for two years and I have been to every Ethiopian restaurant in NYC and Northern Jersey. I wasted my time because NONE of them come close to Queen of Sheba. The most flavorful, vibrant vegetable dishes with perfectly fermented injera. Not at all Americanized which you are hard pressed to find in American Ethiopian restaurants. Authentic berbere not just red pepper. I cannot express my love for this place and I have been going there at least twice a week for the past two years. Absolutely addictive. Give the meat a break and try the Azifa (Cold Lentil Salad) and the Vegetarian Combination. No animal products of ANY KIND.
Posted by Kim...Destination Dinner on 04/21/2006
After much deliberation, we finally decided on Queen of Sheba as our pre-theater meal. It was a quiet, subtly decorated little spot in Hell's Kitchen. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience, not having had Ethiopian in about ten years. Our waitress was very helpful in that when two of us ordered the same entrŽe, she gently suggested that we try something different to get a real sampling. Since it all comes on one giant plate to share with Ethiopian pancakes, it worked out quite nicely. She also was happy to honor our request to have the chicken dish done without jalepe–o for our 14 year old. Our main courses were excellent. The only reason I gave the food a 4 instead of a 5, was because our beef Sambousas were a bit overcooked. The flavor was nice, but the were a tad too crispy for our tastes. Also, we tried to order a second appetizer, but they were out. All in all, it was a fun outing and we would definitely recommend it.
Posted by Ranjan on 12/28/2005
This is not one of the best Ethiopian I have been to. The Chef's choice dish of lamb of nothing but chewy pieces of lamb that can only hurt your jaw. The injera was far from perfect. The only good part was the Te'j wines.
Posted by lifeartist on 12/01/2005
I have lived in many parts of east africa and must say that this restaurant is rather good. The service might not satisfy the bridge and tunnel crowd looking for abasement in service, but the food is good, plentiful, and lovely. The atmosphere is comfortable and easy. The Tej is perfect and well-priced. QoS has become my favorite. Injera, well, it's teff and good.
Posted by I Love Injera on 09/28/2005
This is the best Ethiopian restaurant. I eat there weekly, its worth the journey from Union Sq. Great food, in a much better atmosphere than any of the other Ethiopian places in town. Service is much faster and more efficient and the prices are ever so slightly more than other places (it's worth the extra dollar or two.) GO HERE NOW!
Posted by Anonymus on 08/22/2005
I am very impressed with Queen Of Sheba ... for those who rant ... well too bad ... maybe you had the attitude ... in any case ... i have been to Queen of Sheba MULTIPLE times ... and yes its a small space ... but it's great for family meals [which the reason why i go] ... the service is friendly ... if they gave you attitude you probably deserved it ... the FOOD is amazing ... not only do all the different dishes have a unique taste ... but the Honey wine goes very well with most of the foods ... i happen to love Ehtiopian food i grew up on it ... so to say that this restaurant is a good one ... is well a big statement ... in any case all im going to say is ... try it out ... go with an open mid and i promise you'll leave with a full and happy stomach...
Posted by Paula from Chicago on 07/19/2005
We arrived here at 6:00 on a Saturday and it was not at all crowded. We chose to sit at a "mesob" (African Basket Table) at the rear of the restaurant. Although the chairs were not especially comfortable, it was a unique setting. Two of us shared the meat sampler and the vegetarian sampler which were served together on a tray which fit perfectly into our basket table. Each dish was perfectly spiced and while we loved every bite, I could have made a whole meal of the green bean dish - - it was truly superb. Our servers were friendly and professional and wore white cotton costumes (which I assume were Ehiopian). The entire experience was delightful. Although this restaurant sounded like it was located farther away from the theater district, it was only a block and a half from "Restaurant Row". It was well worth the extra walk, especially after dinner because we were simply stuffed!