Awash

★★★★☆
  • 338 East 6th St

    New York, NY 10003

    Cross street: nr. 2nd Ave.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-982-9589

About Awash

Hours
Mon-Thu: 4:00pm-11:00pm; Fri-Sun: 1:00pm-11:00pm

Food

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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.

1
★★☆☆☆

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.

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amazing food, authentic and the waitstaff are helpful and friendly. Sometimes gets very busy, but quite an experience.

4
★★★★☆

amazing food, authentic and the waitstaff are helpful and friendly. Sometimes gets very busy, but quite an experience.

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Unique food experience, friendly service

Cons: Slightly pricey

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: Delicious

Cons: At times it can be a bit crowded

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: almost everything

Cons: wine list

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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. :)

2
★★★★★

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. :)

Pros: Inexpensive, Good sized portions, Relaxing atmosphere

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Nice atmosphere, great service with beautiful waitress, delicious food !! Eating with your hands can be quite funny and unique!
Must try the Honey Wine!

2
★★★★☆

Nice atmosphere, great service with beautiful waitress, delicious food !! Eating with your hands can be quite funny and unique!
Must try the Honey Wine!

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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.

0
★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Parking was tough. Service was horrendous

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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).

0
★☆☆☆☆

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).

Pros: Unique food

Cons: Friendly, but incompetent wait staff

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The chicken doro is fabulous, as is the service from the sweet and attentive wait staff. I can't wait to go back!

2
★★★★★

The chicken doro is fabulous, as is the service from the sweet and attentive wait staff. I can't wait to go back!

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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. :)

1
★★★☆☆

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. :)

Pros: Great for couples, great food... get there early.

Cons: Didn't experience any cons.

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The injera was perfect, not too sour (which I hate). The beef and vegetable dishes were honestly the best I have ever had (and I've gone to Ethiopian places from both coasts). I really like going to Ethiopian places w/ others and ordering the various combination plates, but I always make sure I have the Kifto (raw beef). The service was...interesting. My waitress was very adamant about which dishes I should try. But other than that, the overall experience was very positive.

2
★★★★★

The injera was perfect, not too sour (which I hate). The beef and vegetable dishes were honestly the best I have ever had (and I've gone to Ethiopian places from both coasts). I really like going to Ethiopian places w/ others and ordering the various combination plates, but I always make sure I have the Kifto (raw beef). The service was...interesting. My waitress was very adamant about which dishes I should try. But other than that, the overall experience was very positive.

Pros: ambience, good portions

Cons: interesting waitstaff

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The food is fantastic, and everything is well priced. The problem is that it was the worst service I have ever had. No one ever came over to help. Whenever you needed something (including the check or a menu) you had to flag down a server. The hostess didn't speak english and was taking orders and not bringing anything. I watch three couples wait for over a half and hour for someone to take there order, this was during the time I was trying to get a check.

The food is fabulous, but I would never go back. The service was to much to deal with.

1
★★★☆☆

The food is fantastic, and everything is well priced. The problem is that it was the worst service I have ever had. No one ever came over to help. Whenever you needed something (including the check or a menu) you had to flag down a server. The hostess didn't speak english and was taking orders and not bringing anything. I watch three couples wait for over a half and hour for someone to take there order, this was during the time I was trying to get a check.

The food is fabulous, but I would never go back. The service was to much to deal with.

Pros: food

Cons: everything else

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This is such a cute, homey spot good for romantic dining or getting together with friends/family. The food is very good (especially if you like spicy food) and authentic. I loved how it felt since there are no silverware involved and the staff is attentive. The honey wine is awesome!!! Goes down very well with the spicy food. And...it's inexpensive! Highly recommend.

2
★★★★☆

This is such a cute, homey spot good for romantic dining or getting together with friends/family. The food is very good (especially if you like spicy food) and authentic. I loved how it felt since there are no silverware involved and the staff is attentive. The honey wine is awesome!!! Goes down very well with the spicy food. And...it's inexpensive! Highly recommend.

Pros: quiet, cheap, good food

Cons: might be small depending on the size group you go with

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The food here is fantastic and this is a great spot when you're in the mood for something different. Great first dinner date spot or small group. Recommend getting a shared platter and try the honey wine! My friends found this place and we keep going back. However the service is so-so and the last time I was there we were practically sitting in the dark.

2
★★★★☆

The food here is fantastic and this is a great spot when you're in the mood for something different. Great first dinner date spot or small group. Recommend getting a shared platter and try the honey wine! My friends found this place and we keep going back. However the service is so-so and the last time I was there we were practically sitting in the dark.

Pros: Food, Price

Cons: Service

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Set on the Indian eatery-lined stretch of East Sixth Street, Awash's subterranean dining room is cozy and dimly lit. Eating Ethiopian works thusly: diners choose three to five dishes; they arrive all at once on a massive plate, atop spongy…

 

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