Awash

★★★★☆
The Finest In Ethiopian and Vegetarian Cuisine. See Our Menu At www.awashnyc.com. Also Check Out Our Second Location At 338 East 6th St
  • 947 Amsterdam Ave 1

    New York, NY 10025

    Cross street: nr. 106th St.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-961-1416

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Very good place with nice ambiance. Vegetarian food was excellent and at a reasonable rate. However the honey based drink was a let down. Would definitely recommend it and would visit it once again.

4
★★★★☆

Very good place with nice ambiance. Vegetarian food was excellent and at a reasonable rate. However the honey based drink was a let down. Would definitely recommend it and would visit it once again.

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My boyfriend and I live on the UWS and are big fans of this place. The food is distinctive, and better than Ethopian food I have had elsewhere. There is a range of delicious, hard-to-come-by African beers to go with the chow, and dinner for two comes in at around $25-$40, depending on whether or not you go for the beer. How great is that?

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I live on the UWS and are big fans of this place. The food is distinctive, and better than Ethopian food I have had elsewhere. There is a range of delicious, hard-to-come-by African beers to go with the chow, and dinner for two comes in at around $25-$40, depending on whether or not you go for the beer. How great is that?

Pros: Delicious food, great prices, friendly service

Cons: Ambient candlelit decor, though no design showcase

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In 20-30 years, African restaurants may fill out the hip downtown streets. For now, you can enjoy Awash's Ethiopian standards. I chose one of the meat combinations, which feeds 2 and is served on the large, spongy pancake (no fork/knife allowed). All meat and vegetables were tasty, though not necessarily memorable (after all, this is peasant food--cheap, appetizing, and satisfying).

2
★★★★☆

In 20-30 years, African restaurants may fill out the hip downtown streets. For now, you can enjoy Awash's Ethiopian standards. I chose one of the meat combinations, which feeds 2 and is served on the large, spongy pancake (no fork/knife allowed). All meat and vegetables were tasty, though not necessarily memorable (after all, this is peasant food--cheap, appetizing, and satisfying).

Pros: Tasty, cheap, exoti

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we walked in awash resturant with my family and freins for the labour,1st we were standing at the door to bre seated for almost 20 minutes and i decided to walk towards the bar I asked the girl ,if someone can seat us she was very rude did not have the cortesy to even look at me ,she was filling glass and stated ''well you are not the only people waiting look at this customers seated on the bar waiteing foor open seat''in a very rude tone while ther was towo separete tables open ,my father inlaw staed lets just put these table together and we did he had ankle surgery could not stand long ,okay we sat ourselves and waiting to get some water or a waiter there were two girls for the resturant ,whenever they pass by no eye contact or sorry for the delay or no word ,total time to get water 220 minutes to give order another 10 minutes and by the time we get our food30 minutes total waiting time from the door to be served over an hour .food was okay not bad but did not get enough injera so we have to wait 10 minutes ,by then everybody was frustrated nit a good experience such a negative energy in the whole restaurant .i understand when you are busy it is hard but you can actually talk to the customer with respect not with the attitude of if you want to eat here you have to endure all the abuse from us so I am actually boycotting the restaurant in Colombia university campus ,please do not go there unless you want to be treated with so mush rudeness and pay the big paycheck,by the way when we asked our bill it took them less than 2 minutes to bring to us so sad ..

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★☆☆☆☆

we walked in awash resturant with my family and freins for the labour,1st we were standing at the door to bre seated for almost 20 minutes and i decided to walk towards the bar I asked the girl ,if someone can seat us she was very rude did not have the cortesy to even look at me ,she was filling glass and stated ''well you are not the only people waiting look at this customers seated on the bar waiteing foor open seat''in a very rude tone while ther was towo separete tables open ,my father inlaw staed lets just put these table together and we did he had ankle surgery could not stand long ,okay we sat ourselves and waiting to get some water or a waiter there were two girls for the resturant ,whenever they pass by no eye contact or sorry for the delay or no word ,total time to get water 220 minutes to give order another 10 minutes and by the time we get our food30 minutes total waiting time from the door to be served over an hour .food was okay not bad but did not get enough injera so we have to wait 10 minutes ,by then everybody was frustrated nit a good experience such a negative energy in the whole restaurant .i understand when you are busy it is hard but you can actually talk to the customer with respect not with the attitude of if you want to eat here you have to endure all the abuse from us so I am actually boycotting the restaurant in Colombia university campus ,please do not go there unless you want to be treated with so mush rudeness and pay the big paycheck,by the way when we asked our bill it took them less than 2 minutes to bring to us so sad ..

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Since the Blue Nile closed on 77th Street and Columbus, we have been looking for a replacement for our favorite Ethiopian restaurant and we think we have found it. Because of the prior reviews citing poor service, we went with great misgivings and low expectations on service. Our fears were put to rest and it appears that the service has caught up with the food, and we found both to be excellent. The service was helpful, friendly and prompt and the food was spicy and flavorful, without being overpowering. The menu offered an array of diverse selections, each capturing the distinct character of Ethiopian cuisine. If there is a criticism, it would be that the spices could be used more assertively. With such a rich cuisine, there is no need to hold back.

2
★★★★☆

Since the Blue Nile closed on 77th Street and Columbus, we have been looking for a replacement for our favorite Ethiopian restaurant and we think we have found it. Because of the prior reviews citing poor service, we went with great misgivings and low expectations on service. Our fears were put to rest and it appears that the service has caught up with the food, and we found both to be excellent. The service was helpful, friendly and prompt and the food was spicy and flavorful, without being overpowering. The menu offered an array of diverse selections, each capturing the distinct character of Ethiopian cuisine. If there is a criticism, it would be that the spices could be used more assertively. With such a rich cuisine, there is no need to hold back.

Pros: Excellent and unique food, friendly and attentive service, very reasonable prices

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This restaurant compares somewhat to other Ethiopian restaurants. The service is usually satisfactory. But on the evening of April 19th it was below average. Having to wait is one thing, so is being ignored, but rudeness is just unnecessary. We were waiting for a while when we noticed that other patrons, that had just arrived, were being served. I?m sure that many people that go out to eat have experienced this, I know I have. What I have not experienced was the blatant rudeness. I caught our waitresses? attention by saying ?excuse me miss,? to which her immediate reply was ?You ordered an appetizer, that?s why your food is taking longer?.Get it?? I purposely paused after getting her attention to give her the chance to explain. By her immediate reaction it was clearly evident to her that we had been waiting a while for our food. This was the first time we had asked. Soon after that, a different waiter brought out or food, but they didn?t complete the order correctly. Given that there are several Ethiopian restaurants in the neighborhood, and the only charm of this one was the space, I will not be going back. Good service should not be a gamble.

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★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant compares somewhat to other Ethiopian restaurants. The service is usually satisfactory. But on the evening of April 19th it was below average. Having to wait is one thing, so is being ignored, but rudeness is just unnecessary. We were waiting for a while when we noticed that other patrons, that had just arrived, were being served. I?m sure that many people that go out to eat have experienced this, I know I have. What I have not experienced was the blatant rudeness. I caught our waitresses? attention by saying ?excuse me miss,? to which her immediate reply was ?You ordered an appetizer, that?s why your food is taking longer?.Get it?? I purposely paused after getting her attention to give her the chance to explain. By her immediate reaction it was clearly evident to her that we had been waiting a while for our food. This was the first time we had asked. Soon after that, a different waiter brought out or food, but they didn?t complete the order correctly. Given that there are several Ethiopian restaurants in the neighborhood, and the only charm of this one was the space, I will not be going back. Good service should not be a gamble.

Pros: Same quality of food you can get at another Ethiopian restaraunt

Cons: Service

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My favorite restaurant in the city. I order from them at least once a week and most times get the Veggie Combo. Service is always attentive and the restaurant is simple, quiet and cozy.

2
★★★★★

My favorite restaurant in the city. I order from them at least once a week and most times get the Veggie Combo. Service is always attentive and the restaurant is simple, quiet and cozy.

Pros: Nice ambience, cheap, huge portions

Cons: -

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I'm not a big fan of Ethiopian food, my first time was forgettable, and I just knew it wasn't for me. But the birthday girl wanted to go, so what could I do? I was pleasantly surprised. This was definitely better than the other restaurant I went to in Soho.
The bread wasn't as bad as the other place, a little softer and not gritty. Didn't leave an aftertaste and it was tasteful. But the bread platter was too soft and it got soggy from the entrees. But overall, the entrees I had were tasteful and good. I think they cut back on the spices a little for the Westerner's tastebuds; it wasn't as spicy as my previous experience with Ethiopian cuisine.
But I would recommend this if anyone wanted to try Ethiopian.

2
★★★★☆

I'm not a big fan of Ethiopian food, my first time was forgettable, and I just knew it wasn't for me. But the birthday girl wanted to go, so what could I do? I was pleasantly surprised. This was definitely better than the other restaurant I went to in Soho.
The bread wasn't as bad as the other place, a little softer and not gritty. Didn't leave an aftertaste and it was tasteful. But the bread platter was too soft and it got soggy from the entrees. But overall, the entrees I had were tasteful and good. I think they cut back on the spices a little for the Westerner's tastebuds; it wasn't as spicy as my previous experience with Ethiopian cuisine.
But I would recommend this if anyone wanted to try Ethiopian.

Pros: Fun and different way to eat a meal

Cons: Soggy bread platter

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It's not THAT great to be expecting customers to put up with higher prices and the poor service. THEY NEED TO HIRE MORE STAFF! They had us waiting forever... for everything from a table that would seat 5, to water, refills on drinks, to our check. (Went there b/c one of my friends was really in the mood for Ethiopian, or we would've seriously gone elsewhere.) Go there if you're just 2 or 3 & have zero time constraints.

2
★★★★☆

It's not THAT great to be expecting customers to put up with higher prices and the poor service. THEY NEED TO HIRE MORE STAFF! They had us waiting forever... for everything from a table that would seat 5, to water, refills on drinks, to our check. (Went there b/c one of my friends was really in the mood for Ethiopian, or we would've seriously gone elsewhere.) Go there if you're just 2 or 3 & have zero time constraints.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Poor service, Long wait, Higher prices

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We came expecting a nice meal, and we did have one - but the service, frankly, sucked!! They are way understaffed - two people working the floor, and when our food was finished, they took 20 minutes to bring our check to us. Not only that, I was shortchanged $5 - which I did mention to our waitress. Not coming back here, even though the food was good.

1
★★★☆☆

We came expecting a nice meal, and we did have one - but the service, frankly, sucked!! They are way understaffed - two people working the floor, and when our food was finished, they took 20 minutes to bring our check to us. Not only that, I was shortchanged $5 - which I did mention to our waitress. Not coming back here, even though the food was good.

Pros: good food

Cons: horrible service

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soon as awash started appearing on 'best of' lists they took license to dramatically raise prices, cut portions. at first prices were only half as now, more sides were included. for every dish you would get 2 kinds of spiced bean side, potato beet side, salad side. for a while they served the rolled injera appetizer as soon as you sat down. now you get only the potato beet, one spiced bean, then your entrees (now on a much smaller plate than the huge pizza pie sized tray formerly used), lined with only 1 injera, and only 2 injeras to use (formerly 4).

food remains tasty, but no longer good value. we used to go because it was cheap. for the money i can eat at any other ethiopian in midtown. only redeeming quality about awash is that now they have rum cake for dessert, which keeps us returning occasionally.

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★★★☆☆

soon as awash started appearing on 'best of' lists they took license to dramatically raise prices, cut portions. at first prices were only half as now, more sides were included. for every dish you would get 2 kinds of spiced bean side, potato beet side, salad side. for a while they served the rolled injera appetizer as soon as you sat down. now you get only the potato beet, one spiced bean, then your entrees (now on a much smaller plate than the huge pizza pie sized tray formerly used), lined with only 1 injera, and only 2 injeras to use (formerly 4).

food remains tasty, but no longer good value. we used to go because it was cheap. for the money i can eat at any other ethiopian in midtown. only redeeming quality about awash is that now they have rum cake for dessert, which keeps us returning occasionally.

Pros: rum cake for dessert

Cons: , high prices, small portions

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Awash is a wonderful place to go with adventurous folks (even out-of-towners). The fritters are stupendous; the mixed platters are filling and tasty and perfect for sharing; the wine by the bottle is decent and cheap. Dont go for the atmosphere or the servicego for the adventure, the intimacy, and the fun of eating (without utensils) unusual and delicious food.

2
★★★★★

Awash is a wonderful place to go with adventurous folks (even out-of-towners). The fritters are stupendous; the mixed platters are filling and tasty and perfect for sharing; the wine by the bottle is decent and cheap. Dont go for the atmosphere or the servicego for the adventure, the intimacy, and the fun of eating (without utensils) unusual and delicious food.

Pros: delicious food, unusual, FUN

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I'm so happy this place is in my neighborhood -- sometimes the service is a bit slow, but it's always friendly and the food is always fantastic.

2
★★★★★

I'm so happy this place is in my neighborhood -- sometimes the service is a bit slow, but it's always friendly and the food is always fantastic.

Pros: Great Food, Reasonably Priced

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Confusion reins!
It seemed like it was their opening night. We had to wait at the bar for about 20 minutes and it seemed like pure chaos. The bar tender didn't know where the tea was, waiters started making the drinks if the bar tender wasn't around. Also, the hostess was overwhelmed (even thought there were only about 8 people waiting).

The best dish on the menu is their beef.

1
★★☆☆☆

Confusion reins!
It seemed like it was their opening night. We had to wait at the bar for about 20 minutes and it seemed like pure chaos. The bar tender didn't know where the tea was, waiters started making the drinks if the bar tender wasn't around. Also, the hostess was overwhelmed (even thought there were only about 8 people waiting).

The best dish on the menu is their beef.

Pros: Unique, The Beef

Cons: Service, Ambience

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My first visit to Awash marked my first experience with Ethiopian food, and I'm happy to say I'm sold on it. As such, I'm not sure whether Awash's menu accurately represents standard Ethiopian cuisine, but I felt it had a lot to offer. I went there with two friends of mine, one of whom was a vegetarian and the other following a Kosher diet. I'm a ravenous omnivore, and we all came away happy. DEFINITELY split a bottle of tej (Ethiopian honey wine, also called mead) -- it's reasonably priced and you'll be glad you did.

2
★★★★★

My first visit to Awash marked my first experience with Ethiopian food, and I'm happy to say I'm sold on it. As such, I'm not sure whether Awash's menu accurately represents standard Ethiopian cuisine, but I felt it had a lot to offer. I went there with two friends of mine, one of whom was a vegetarian and the other following a Kosher diet. I'm a ravenous omnivore, and we all came away happy. DEFINITELY split a bottle of tej (Ethiopian honey wine, also called mead) -- it's reasonably priced and you'll be glad you did.

Pros: Variety, Taste, Price

Cons: Service

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This is definitely the best Ethiopian I have had in NYC and the cheapest. The staff is super-friendly. I especially recommend the vegitarian combo and the honey rum.

2
★★★★★

This is definitely the best Ethiopian I have had in NYC and the cheapest. The staff is super-friendly. I especially recommend the vegitarian combo and the honey rum.

Pros: Tasty, Cheap, Friendly

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while nyc's ethiopian choices aren't as good or plentiful as dc or sf, i think this restaurant is the best ethiopian in town. the dishes taste very fresh and the sampler comes with a very generous number of dishes. the service is friendly but slow and negligent, if you care about that. excellent value.

2
★★★★☆

while nyc's ethiopian choices aren't as good or plentiful as dc or sf, i think this restaurant is the best ethiopian in town. the dishes taste very fresh and the sampler comes with a very generous number of dishes. the service is friendly but slow and negligent, if you care about that. excellent value.

 

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