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1239 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 40.809949 -73.958708
nr. 121st St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-663-0505 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: African/Moroccan
  • Price Range: $$

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    8 out of 10


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Daily, 11:30am-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 116th St.-Columbia University



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

110th St. to 125th St., Morningside Dr. to Henry Hudson Pkwy.


The dim lighting is welcome, obscuring the rinky-dink décor. But no one comes for anything but the food. For the most part it's good, and perhaps detractors are particularly hard on the place because it's so close to the excellent Ethiopian restaurant Awash, about 15 blocks south. At Massawa, injera—sour, spongy bread made from teff, a tiny grain found in eastern African—is milder and thinner than at Awash, which though not ideal for veteran eaters of Ethiopian food, might please those unaccustomed to the unusual bread. The edges are dried out, which is unfortunate because injera plays a major role in the meal, serving as both plate and utensil. Combination platters let you sample multiple dishes—the vegetable combination loads injera with tangy collard greens, delicious pureed chickpeas, and a yellow-tinged mélange of potatoes, carrots, and broccoli. What comes with the carnivore-friendly Massawa combination, with chicken, lamb, and beef, reaches almost the same heights, though the meats could be more tender. Undercutting the purpose of the combo platter, both the lamb and beef come with very similar fiery sauces made from berbere, a common Ethiopian spice mixture. Good thing the sauces are delicious.

Recommended Dishes

Ful, $9.10; Massawa combo, $19; vegetable combo, $14.10