124 Macdougal St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.729906 -74.000247
Mon. - Sun. 11:30am - 10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Greenwich Village, Downtown
Good Ethiopian standby – This location (there's another on 47th) is more cramped, but has fairly quick service because of the limited space and the NYU locale. The food is pretty standard Ethiopian, and this is an affordable place to start for the uninitiated. I've always had good service here, and my friends and I try to visit every few months.
p – The food is uninspiring, the menu is meager, and the decor is nonexistent.
Frustrating extra costs – I love the food at this place and used to go fairly regularly. However. the last few times I have been there, I have been really frustrated by strange new requirements that raise my bill. Two times I have been in a party of three and was told that 3 people cannot split the vegetarian sampler - we needed to order 2 samplers. When the food came out, there was no more food than there would have been in a single sampler - certainly enough for 3 people - but we were charged twice as much. In a party of 4, I was told that we had to buy a larger bottle of wine since there were 4 of us drinking. I'm trying a different place next time I want Ethiopian food.
Something Different – If you want to try something new and exotic, go here. My friends and I from Long Island never had Ethiopian cuisine and it was a very interesting experiance!
There is a sink in the back, so wash your hands because they are your eating utensils!
I Highly rccommend the Sambosa appetizer. Can be with beef or lentils (I'm a vegetarian. I had a lot of choices here). Not so spicey.
Food was spicey and eaten with the traditonal bread that is sour.
Three of us ate each an entree and shared one appetizer for 51 $
The room is small, quiet, not crowded, and dimly lit with candles and green and red string lights on the walls.
I enjoyed it but it's not for everyone though.
Eating with my hands was the best part – Try not to kill yourself walking down the stairs into this restaurant. And I hope you're a party of 2 or 4, any other denomination and the hostess is completely baffled. Nonetheless, we ordered the Lentil Sambosa to start, the sauce they give you is excellent. We then ordered Gomen Besaega, Doro Wat, and Special Tibs. My problems really began here - the chicken dish was literally two tiny drumsticks and a hard boiled egg in sauce for $12.95. The beef was overcooked. The lamb was tough as leather. The servers - although very beautiful! - were not very attentive or helpful. The worst of it was when it became busy and our server dropped the check without asking us if there was anything else we'd like, then proceeded to ask us twice if we were "almost done because there are people waiting for your table." What a disappointment.
A quiet, affordable little heaven – Meskerem is a tidy little eatery that I visit for lunch every once in a while. I have religiously ordered the doro wot, although I'll push myself to sample some of their other fare the next time I drop by. Their doro wot is certainly worth your while, with its sweet purees and airy mounds of injera stacked one on top of the other. Although it's intimate, I'm not sure how condusive to romance it is. Give it a shot anyway. Excellent, though slightly standoffish, service.
Great Ethiopian – The food here is excellent, and I get my fix regularly. Each dish is flavorful and distinctive, which is something I can't say for other Ethiopian placed I've tried. It's also a great value -- the $13.50 combo is perfect for two! The appetizers (mostly salad-like) aren't too exciting, but they serve to balance out the hot and spicy richness of the entrees. The ambiance is fine, nothing special, though the fireplace is a great touch in the winter.
Great food, good prices, great fun. – A dark, cozy basement restaurant in the heat of the Village. The food here is amazing. The prices are more than fair. Come hungry, ready to literally dig in (no utensils, you eat with your hands). They offer serveral bottles of wine between $20-$25. Perfect place for a some great food and great conversation.
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