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Posted by Richard on 06/03/2011
Every now and then I have a craving for kitfo, the Ethiopian raw chopped beef. Zoma delivered tonight on this and on a load of other chicken, beef and lamb stews. All were surprisingly complex, subtle yet spicy and delicious. We have had a lot of Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurants in the area over the past 3 decades and Zoma is as good as the best. Will be sure to visit again.
Posted by nyccritic on 11/14/2010
The food was excellent, the restaurant smelt amazing! It was so much fun to eat with your hands and quite an experience. Definitely something everyone should try and will certainly enjoy- maybe not great for every weekend dinner though. Right next to a very cool bar/speakeasy that was great for before/after dinner drinks.
Posted by Melissa on 08/16/2010
I had long wanted to try Zoma and last night found myself in the neighborhood after a drink with my husband at the newly opened Bier International. I have had Ethiopian food several times before, most recently at a fabulous place in DC. So, I was really excited to try this restaurant out. Overall, we found the food to be mediocre. The injera was very sour and overpowering. The lamb dish we had was pretty tasty (though had some small bone fragments in it!) as was one of the vegetarian dishes. We also had Doro Wat, which I'd ever tried before and it wasn't really to our liking. The restaurant vibe is nice and chill bu the place ended up getting really busy and there was only one server so there was a lot of waiting, though not for the food. Bottom line is, there are better and cheaper places in the city.
Posted by Lisette on 03/20/2010
This was my first time trying Ethiopian food, so I cannot attest to its authenticity. I can, however, tell you that I've been thinking about the food for 2 days straight! My friend and I started with the Azifa salad and the Fillo Pastry, then had the Doro Wett and the Doro Alicha, and we couldn't keep our hands out of each other's plates. There was alot of food, (we probably could have shared something) but was well worth it to be able to taste more things. Will be taking the hour drive here again, and soon!
Posted by NYC Foodie on 01/10/2010
Well I finally went to Zoma based on a friends recommendation. Well I've been to just about every other Ethiopian in the city and not happy to say that this was disappointing. We came in on a Saturday at noon and were the only customers. Well the waitress was really nice, but not very helpful. We ordered the meat combo for 2 which is a chicken, beef, lamb and collard greens combo. All the portions were very small. The beef dish was pretty good, tasty, but again small. The lamb was nothing but bone fragments and microscopic fatty pieces of lamb. The chicken was 1 broken chicken leg and an egg (for 2 people?). The collard greens were pretty good I guess. All of it was very greasy. Also the best part, the najeri under the food tasted like it was on the plate for days. It was dry and we couldn't even eat it ... which is usually the best part, cleaning the plate with the flavor packed najeri. But thankfully, because it was soaked in oil, we didn’t miss it, we just wanted to get out of there ASAP. Also seeing we were the only ones in the joint the waitress never came over to ask how the food was. Bottom line, very disappointed. Sorry but won't be going back or suggesting this place to anyone. All show and no go!
Posted by EllenHellen on 11/22/2009
Wonderful tasty delicious! Great food, beautiful decor, excellent service great value....all the qualities of a good restaurant! Enough said!
Posted by Ethiopian Lover on 06/17/2009
I have absolutely loved Ethiopian Food since the age of 6. I am an avid Ethiopian Food eater and any time I can get the chance to try new Ethiopian restaurants I am there in a New York minute whether it be by myself or with friends. Today I recently tried Zoma which is near my new home in Harlem. The only reason I had high expectations of this restaurant was because of other reviews online. I will be honest, in all my seven years of living in NYC I have only come across ONE!!!! Ethiopian restaurant that satisfied my quench for the rich spices and palate orgasms that Ethiopian food offers. Zoma has several factors going for it as an establishment including locale, atmosphere, price point, and service. I ordered the shiro dish with a side of cabbage and potatoes and my dinner was in fact quite good despite my doubts. HOWEVER, I still remain a loyal Massawa (121st and Amsterdam) fan. I have been eating Massawa's Ethiopian food for seven years now and they have NEVER let me down with the taste of their delicious shiro. The zoma experience was too gourmet for me. They have oven warmed towels for you to wipe your hands before eating. They are only open from 5pm- 11pm, whereas Massawa is open around the clock. There was no one in the restaurant when I ate there aside from one couple- Massawa is always packed. They do not have an individual vegetable combo on the menu- Massawa has individual and shared. Their shiro didn't come with a side... the side has to be ordered in addition to the meal. Massawa's shiro comes with two sides and a salad. The price point was fine but I did not like the fact that I was not able to get my two sides for the same price. I surprisingly was almost unable to finish my meal at Zoma (nice sized portions) and sometimes I completely devour Massawa. The staff was extremely friendly, whereas the staff at Massawa is a bit too laxed for my liking. Overall Zoma was a great experience but all Ethiopian food in NYC pales in comparison to the experience of devouring special shiro with alitch and collard greens at Massaw. My experience at Columbia University turned me on to a hidden gym in the city and I will never cheat on them again ;) Zoma is great but MASSAWA is much better! If you want aesthetics go to Zoma... if you want authenticity go to Massawa!