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Chicagoan in NYC- Ethiopian?

I recently moved to NYC from Chicago, where I lived in a neighborhood that has a huge Ethiopian population and I just fell in love with the food. Looking for suggestions of where to go here; I live in Manhattan but Brooklyn or Queens would be fine too. Thanks in advance!

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  1. If you came here from Chicago, you probably won't find anything that compares to Demera or Ras Dashen. That said, Zoma regularly gets mentioned as the best among your options in Manhattan.

      1. re: Sneakeater

        Lol, my thoughts exactly.

        I give a similar response when someone on the DC board asks for Italian: go to Union Station, take Amtrak to NYC.

      2. Wow, ok, thanks everyone. Surprising.

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        1. re: dallarose23

          One of the few cuisines that NYC is missing.

          I also haven't found a good New Mexican place.

          1. re: plf515

            Tacos Nuevo Mexico (Park Slope location) is still the best Mexican I've had in the States and was on par with much of what I ate (admittedly briefly) in Mexico DF.

            Nixtamal in Corona (Queens) is great too.

        2. I had a very pleasant experience at Abyssinia (268 W 135th St.) a couple of weekends ago. Could not be more bare bones for decor and such, but really good food and excellent injera. I believe the Ye Siga Alicha was our favorite of the dishes we had. Or I guess you could go to DC.

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          1. re: Alan Henderson

            In fact, the chef-owner of Abyssinia has retailed her injera for some years; on my last visit it was stacked on shelves toward the back of the little restaurant. She used to supply Zoma's injera, too...


            ...before instructing their staff in how to prepare it themselves.

            Dave Cook

          2. In Manhattan, Awash, Zoma, and Massawa, which is Eritrean, are worth a try.

            1. My Ethiopian friend likes Awash the best (106th and Amsterdam). I go where she goes. I've never been disappointed.

                1. I had dinner at Zoma a couple of months ago, and it was the best Ethiopian food I had ever had and one of the tastiest meals I've had in New York in some time. Give it a try! And if you drink, get some tej (mead) when you're there. They have a good one.

                  1. I always thought Ghenet was the best of those I had tried (the usual suspects around and below Columbia University). That was when it was in the Broadway/Lafayette area in Manhattan. It's long since moved to Brooklyn and don't know if its quality has been maintained.

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                    1. re: guanubian

                      On the basis of this thread I just tried Abyssinia in Harlem and that was very, very good. I had raw kitfo, which they spiced excellently. I'll be back.

                    2. Zoma is the best in NYC but still mediocre compared to the weakest ethiopian meal in DC