Ethiopian in Manhattan
Looking for authentic Ethiopian with some good spices in manhattan.
There are 4 Ethiopian restaurants in New York that I'm aware of.
Awash, on the Upper West Side
Ghenet in Nolita
Massawa way uptown (west harlem maybe?)
Meskerem (locations in the West Village, Hell's Kitchen and UWS)
I've never been to Awash or Massawa, so I won't comment on those, but I have heard good things about both.
Meskerem (WV and HK) and Ghenet are both run by Ethiopian families, so I'm guessing they're fairly authentic. Of the two, I prefer Ghenet, mostly for the atmosphere, but I also find their flavoring a little more complex. Ghenet's injera is a little spongier and more sour, which I prefer.
If you want very spicy, try the Kategna appetizer at Ghenet and ask for it hot -- it's delicious and will set your mouth on fire.
Both are pretty cheap, although Meskerem is cheaper.
also Queen of Sheba on 10th ave in the low 40s. i've got nothing to compare it against, but i've been there three times and enjoyed each visit.