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scarsdalesurprise Mar 22, 2010 02:04 PM

My daughter has requested Ethiopian food for her 14th B-day dinner - any suggestions for the best in Manhattan?

Thanks!

  1. bigjeff Mar 28, 2010 09:55 PM

    zoma all the way; beautiful modern room, great service, great food. meskerem downtown is cramped and horrible, meskerem midtown is not that nice, queen of sheba is overdone with the decor, food not exciting, a case of compacency I believe. stick with zoma, its delicious.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/342468

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      waterstreet Mar 29, 2010 10:44 AM

      anyone know how the downtown ones are?--- there's that one on E 3rd street near B, across from Mama's and there's one just south of houston--- mulberry? mott?

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        bigjeff Mar 29, 2010 11:38 AM

        that one on mulberry used to be ghenet, now moved to fort greene, brooklyn; there is the meskerem right in NYU area on sullivan or thompson (not very good) and the one in east village is Meskel but I've never been (I just go to mama's if I'm ever around there):
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/409101

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        Meskel
        199 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009

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          JMF Mar 29, 2010 08:37 PM

          I've went to Meskel twice within a few weeks of when it opened. the place was so crowded, and the tables so close to each other that it was horrible. The food was only ok, but that was a few years ago. haven't been back.

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          Meskel
          199 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009

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            waterstreet Mar 30, 2010 10:02 AM

            thanks yall. revived that old post to see if anyone has been. huh-- sucks that ghenet moved. they were fine. i'll report back if i try meskel.

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              JMF Mar 30, 2010 09:16 PM

              Ghenet was very Americanized food, not real Ethiopian at all.

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              Ghenet
              284 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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              EV_Eats Apr 8, 2010 11:04 AM

              I've passed Meskel a bunch of times & the place has been empty pretty much every time...
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              Meskel
              199 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009

      2. EV_Eats Mar 25, 2010 10:03 PM

        I go to Queen of Sheba all the time. Great food & service. Don't like Awash so much though!
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        Queen of Sheba
        650 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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          Missmarnnyc Mar 28, 2010 07:29 PM

          I also enjoy Queen of Sheba. Have always had vegetarian options though so cannot comment on the above mention of grisly meat.

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          Queen of Sheba
          650 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

        2. CantStopEating Mar 25, 2010 01:37 PM

          Awash is a good choice for a nice family dinner. The dishes are finger-licking good.

          www.inbundles.com

          1. JMF Mar 25, 2010 01:00 PM

            Zoma or Meskerem. East Village Awash is terrible. Had mixed feelings about last visit to Harlem Awash, and haven't returned. Been to Queen of Sheba twice, but disappointed both times.

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            Zoma
            2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

            Queen of Sheba
            650 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

            Meskerem
            468 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

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              uwsister Mar 25, 2010 05:59 PM

              Harlem Awash is also mediocre.

              What did you not like about Queen of Sheba? I haven't been but have heard many good things so I've been meaning to go.

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              650 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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                JMF Mar 26, 2010 09:02 AM

                Each time some of the meat dishes were tough and gristly. Also the spicing was inconsistent. I dated an Ethiopian girl in college and I compare all restaurants to her and her mom's and aunties cooking.

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                  uwsister Mar 28, 2010 12:42 AM

                  Haha, I also compare any Ethiopian restaurants to an Ethiopian friend of mine's cooking. She'd whip up some crazy-good dishes in our little community kitchen in college! We'd eat it over rice instead of injera.

                  I'll probably still try Queen of Sheba one of those days, but for now Zoma is tops in Manhattan.

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              chowbie Mar 22, 2010 02:33 PM

              My Ethiopian friend swears by Awash on 106 and Amsterdam. If she's really brave, she'll try the kitfo!

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                uwsister Mar 22, 2010 02:25 PM

                Zoma in Morningside Heights is the best I've had, and I think I've been to almost all Ethiopian restaurants except for Queen of Sheba. I've heard really good things about Queen of Sheba though, need to try that one soon.

                BTW kudos to your daughter for wanting Ethiopian at such young age! I don't think I even knew what Ethiopian looked like when I was 14.

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                Zoma
                2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

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                  LNG212 Mar 22, 2010 06:26 PM

                  2nd the recommendation for Zoma (you can see my recent experience here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/695471 ). I also like Meskerem in Hell's Kitchen. I prefer both Meskerem and Zoma to Awash.

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                  Zoma
                  2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

                  Meskerem
                  468 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

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                    uwsister Mar 22, 2010 08:07 PM

                    Yeah, I do not like Awash at all.

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                      nativeNYer Mar 26, 2010 11:10 AM

                      Definitely agree. Not sure which was worse at Awash - service or food. Our food must have taken close to an hour to serve, and we didn't get anything unusual. We watched as others, who came in after us, were promptly served while we were told, "Soon. Yes. Soon". I almost felt like we were being taped for MTV's Boiling Points. I wish my first and only try at Ethiopian food had not been at this restaurant.

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                    howyoudoin80 Mar 26, 2010 10:16 AM

                    I third the recommendation for Zoma . . .it is amazing . . . order
                    Zoma Tibs
                    Doro Tibz
                    Fassolia
                    Atakilt Wett

                    Absolutely phenomenon.

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                    Zoma
                    2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

                  3. D...DF Mar 22, 2010 02:05 PM

                    I like Queen of Sheba.

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                    Queen of Sheba
                    650 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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