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

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  1. I like Queen of Sheba.

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

    1. 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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      1. re: uwsister

        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

        1. re: LNG212

          Yeah, I do not like Awash at all.

          1. re: uwsister

            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.

        2. re: uwsister

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

          1. 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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            1. re: JMF

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

              1. re: uwsister

                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.

                1. re: JMF

                  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.

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

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              1. 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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                1. re: EV_Eats

                  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. 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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                  1. re: bigjeff

                    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?

                    1. re: waterstreet

                      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

                      1. re: bigjeff

                        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

                        1. re: JMF

                          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.

                          1. re: waterstreet

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

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                            Ghenet
                            284 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

                          2. re: JMF

                            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