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Queen of Sheba

650 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10036 40.76204 -73.99366
nr. 46th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-397-0610 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: African/Moroccan, Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Price Range: $$

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Photo by Robert K. Chin

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Official Website

shebanyc.com

Hours

Sun-Thu, 11:30am-11:30pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal

Prices

$8.95-$22.95

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Theater District

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Delivery Area

37th St. to 55th St., Seventh Ave. to 12th Ave.

Profile

At about a dozen tables in a bright, mustard-colored room decorated with African art, curious Americans and expat Ethiopians hunch, sometimes in groups, over platters of spongy injera, Ethiopia's native bread. It's made with the prolific, sturdy grain, tef, which is ground, fermented, and cooked; bubbles splattering up through the batter pock-mark the bread and give it texture. In little piles on the bread are intricately spiced and braised meat and vegetable dishes. The way to get at the food is to tear off swatches of injera and use them to scoop up the food. By the end of the meal, your hands will have accrued the color and the tang of berbere—red pepper, fenugreek, cardamom, and other spices. It's what turns so many dishes their characteristic scarlet—and what gives them heat. Dishes here are done in the style of the region: slow cooked and marinated, with plenty of meats and chicken (generally in onion-based stews), and with lots of pulses, like split beans, lentils, and chickpeas.

Extra

Queen of Sheba's around the corner from Meskerem, another good Ethiopian restaurant.

Recommended Dishes

Timatim fitfit, $7; Taste of Sheba, $22.95

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