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Chicagoan in NYC- Ethiopian?

dallarose23 Mar 18, 2013 07:26 AM

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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    GoldFishCrackers Apr 9, 2013 01:31 PM

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

    1. guanubian Mar 29, 2013 02:57 PM

      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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        guanubian Apr 8, 2013 03:45 PM

        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.

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        Pan Mar 24, 2013 04:30 AM

        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.

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          horseofcourse66 Mar 21, 2013 08:32 PM

          Definitely second Awash!

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            susan1353 Mar 21, 2013 12:17 PM

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

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              americanafan Mar 19, 2013 03:10 AM

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

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                Alan Henderson Mar 18, 2013 04:29 PM

                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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                  DaveCook Mar 19, 2013 06:44 PM

                  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

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                  dallarose23 Mar 18, 2013 08:09 AM

                  Wow, ok, thanks everyone. Surprising.

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                    plf515 Mar 18, 2013 05:42 PM

                    One of the few cuisines that NYC is missing.

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

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                      guanubian Mar 29, 2013 02:55 PM

                      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.

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                    Sneakeater Mar 18, 2013 07:41 AM

                    Go to Penn Station.

                    Take Amtrak to DC.

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                      VaPaula Mar 18, 2013 07:55 AM

                      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. JungMann Mar 18, 2013 07:37 AM

                      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.

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