Distinct and flavor-packed, Ethiopian food is very distinct. Its stateside popularity has grown tremendously over the past decade, and New York is home to some of the finest Ethiopian restaurants in the world. If you’re looking for a fix of injera, pureed veggies with spices, and slow-cooked meats that melt in your mouth, here are some Ethiopian restaurants worth checking out during your stay at NU Hotel Brooklyn.
With roots on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Awash grew so popular, clients demanded outposts. One of these landed at 242 Court Street, just a ten-minute walk from NU Hotel Brooklyn. As is the norm at Ethiopian restaurants in the States, the staff here is knowledgeable and courteous. Everything is great. But it’s the special kitfo, raw ground beef marinated in Ethiopian butter and chile powder, that has everyone talking.
Unfinished wooden tables, bright red window frames, and instrumental world music give Bati a soothing ambiance. Vegetarian dishes, like string beans and carrots sauteed in garlic, have won over much of the restaurant’s fan base. Meat eaters must not despair, however. Turmeric-stewed lamb and spiced beef sirloin are a few of the options on which carnivores can gorge at this mid-range Fort Greene gem. No matter what you order here, you can count on it tasting authentic and distinctly homemade.
For years, Bunna faithfuls had to ardently follow and patiently wait for pop-up dinners and food market appearances. This all changed in 2014 when the magic behind the delicious Ethiopian cuisine set up shop in a brick-and-mortar establishment. The thing to do here is order the “feast” combo, a gigantic piece of injera flatbread topped with a smattering of flavorful and mushy vegan eats. While you’re here, take note of the exquisite decor. It was made possible by the generosity of contributors to an Indiegogo campaign. Also keep your eyes peeled for traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremonies and other events. Bunna’s menu is entirely vegan.
For more than a decade, Ghenet has served as the face of Ethiopian cuisine for Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood. Ghenet’s marinated and stewed beef dishes are what get meat eaters salivating, but Ghenet also has an extensive vegetarian menu and caters to those who cannot eat gluten.
Take your family or colleagues to one of these Brooklyn Ethiopian standbys, and everyone is in for a treat. Just be prepared to eat family style and wash your hands beforehand. Silverware is unlikely to be anywhere in site.