338 East 6th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.726565 -73.986795
Mon-Thu: 4:00pm-11:00pm; Fri-Sun: 1:00pm-11:00pm
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
Mediocre Food – I have had really excellent Ethiopian food so I'm just a bit biased. But this place, while not terrible, was not memorable either. The dishes were bland, the injera was a bit too moist, and the interior is nothing at all really. But the food is cheap and filling. Nothing really stands out and thus there is nothing special to return for.
A unique and delicious experience! – Awash provides the diner with a feast for the eyes, touch and taste, making it a wonderful dining experience. Every meat and vegetable dish I've tried thus far (and that's most of the menu) is wonderfully seasoned and unique. The bread is nice and spongy and soaks up the various sauces beautifully. For a treat try the honey wine which is to die for.
I love this place – I simply love this spot. I think I can eat here everyday, that's how great the food is. For those who love spicy food this is a must try. My family and I always enjoy coming here and leave with a full belly and a smile on our face.
Awesome food, service, great for people new to Ethiopian food. You Beauty. – I was very happy with this place. A good selectrion of food on the menu, and especially good value are the combination plates. For about $30 for two, we shared a plater of 6 differnet dishes off the menu. Spicy chicken, grilled beef, different vegetables, all served with plenty of the delicate, tender bread. The wine menu is not extravagant, but they stick to simple, low cost varieties.
Water glasses filled promptly and repeatedly, and friendly (and just attentive enough) service, in a restaurant at 75% capacity, was a pleasure.
Pleasant surprise – This was my first time having Ethiopian food and I had no idea what to expect. The spongelike bread was neutral enough so that it did not take away from the taste of the wonderfully spiced food. We went early enough so it wasn't crowded and our stunningly beautiful waitress could explain to us what the different dishes were. The service was fine and the ambiance was relaxed enough so that we could really enjoy the meal. I will definitely be coming back with other friends. :)
Delicious Ethiopian Food – Nice atmosphere, great service with beautiful waitress, delicious food !! Eating with your hands can be quite funny and unique!
Must try the Honey Wine!
Great food, galling service – There were ten of us with reservations for a Friday night. Although we all enjoyed the food; as we were paying, the waitress actually had the gall to tell us that she was kicking us out. We were aghast. It was only about two hours since we arrived at our reservation time, and we had ordered plenty of food and wine so we didn't feel we had overstayed. There were white people waiting for the tables. These people had begun to stand over us. This was an outright case of the restaurant not being able to control those who were waiting and racism. None of us will ever be visiting this place again. The sad part was that we were getting ready to leave anyway.
Cheap and different, but not recommended – Went here recently for a friend's birthday dinner. There were 8 of us and we had reservations. We were all seated for 30 minutes before we got any attention. We ordered appetizers, and several platters. We waited over an hour for appetizers and another 40 minutes for dinner.
I think as far as Ethiopian food goes, the food is not bad. So, if you're a fan of eating mysterious slop in bread that has the consistency of wet underwear, you'll love the food. However, the slow service is prohibitive and I'd never return to this spot.
The staff is nice and cute (beyond cute, actually), but they have no business running a restaurant. Our waitress brought over a glass full of brightly colored plastic straws several times, but I would have greatly preferred a meal.
On the plus side, they gave my buddy a bottle of wine for his birthday (and as a consolation for bad service I'm sure).
Amazing chicken doro dish! – The chicken doro is fabulous, as is the service from the sweet and attentive wait staff. I can't wait to go back!
Awash is Awesome – The hub and I like to have "date night" every so often. After exhausting our usual spot in Japantown, we decided to try Ethiopian. Yeah, huge difference. It's been years since having Ethiopian because it's a rare find and to find out that Awash was right in our area, we had to check it out.
We had the carnivorous combo along with the vegetarian combo (the waitress put everything on one platter to save room on our table). Everything was really good... one thing that knocked a point from a perfect score is the lamb. It was tough and quite gamey despite the 4-5 hour simmering. Too bad because lamb could be so good when fresh.
Our waitress was really sweet and very much like a Mom. She made us promise to enjoy our food and to finish every bite. We just about did that. Our bellies were stuffed beyond capacity. :)
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