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Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

124 MacDougal St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. 3rd St.

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Food: 5
Service: 6
Décor: 3
"Mixed Reviews"

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One of my favorites for more than 10 years

By mdepaula on 5/1/2013

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

Not sure what the previous reviewer was smoking. Maybe he's from out of town and was expecting Applebee's. Or maybe he's a yuppy who prefers fine dining. Regardless, he's way off, based on my years of frequenting both the downtown and midtown locations of Meskerem. We love it. Food is great. Decor never bothered me. We have taken guests there who have loved it and we have taken guests there who have hated it, but that was not because the food was bad. It was because they are picky eaters and not adventurous. If that's you, then read up on Ethiopian dining before you go. Maybe it's not for you. If you do go and there are two of you, order the meat combo and veggie combo. They come out on one big dish and it's the perfect amount for two (unless you are a glutton), and gives a sampling of everything. I never bother with anything else on the menu and enjoy the experience every time I go.

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Beware of unfamiliar culture focus restaurants on special family occasions

By GradsDad on 6/28/2011

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I thought the food was mediocre at best but unfortunately the whole family group of five really hated the food and the decor passionately.We saw that they had a big fat air conditioner with a little white space heater below it, all dug into an unsightly open space right smack in the middle of this truly sad little place; another missed cue to head for the exit before ordering our food. The menu was hard to figure, unless you are familiar with Ethiopian dishes, you will never know what is to come from that kitchen. Moreover, the food took a while to arrive we were forced to buy more expensive non-appetizers. Their Ethiopian bread had too much baking soda, it was bitterly horrible. The bean sauces and lamb dishes tasted like leftovers from some days ago. The fish was severely fried dried and hard. We did our best to barely eat what we could, since we figured that I would get a big fat bill. The place is better suited for a culture focus cabdriver take-out joint, but I think the cabbies have better places to go eat. I neglected to see what their restaurant grade was, before walking in, it may very well be a D or an F. Upon leaving for a better restaurant, I looked and saw no grade posted up front. The no grade posted should have been another warning sign for us to steer clear but I forgot to look and ended up with two restaurant bills of nearly $100.00 each, phew at least the second bill was worth it ; good old upper scale Chinese restaurant southeast around the corner.

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