What better way to expand your horizons than taking a detour off the beaten track and experiencing Ethiopian cuisine? Awash restaurant located in the East Village is named after a Blue Nile tributary. It offers incredibly flavorful dishes, generous portions, and optional traditional seating for a memorable dining experience.
No Forks or Knives Necessary
If you're new to Ethiopian food, you'll discover that Ethiopians eat exclusively with their right hands (using your left is considered offensive because it is linked to activities associated with going to the bathroom). Ethiopians traditionally eat vegetable and spicy meat dishes and wat, a thick stew, served on top of injera, a crepe-like flatbread made out of fermented teff flour. So break off a piece of injera to pick up bites of wat and delicious veggie-based side dishes. This style of eating is super conducive to conversation, and it is surprisingly fun when you're sitting a table with friends and family.
What to Eat...
If you're a first timer, go for the combo platter. The combo platter is an ideal choice for anyone who wants to get a broader sense of classic Ethiopian cuisine. Love meat? Go for the meat combo. Have vegetarian dietary concerns? Go for the vegetable option.
Another great dish is Tibs (available in lamb or beef), featuring tender cubes of meat cooked with green peppers and onions, you'll love this super flavorful dish with a nice hint of spice. You also can't go wrong with the Gomen Besiga (lamb cubes cooked with collard greens, onions and cardamom).
Don't forget to try the cinnamon tea, it's the perfect compliment to anything you'll order off the extensive menu.
Great food, traditional decor, plenty of tables, generous portions and carnivore/vegetarian-friendly meal options makes Awash a definite must-try.