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Massawa Restaurant - 9 Reviews - 1239 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 663-0505

Massawa Restaurant

1239 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027
(212) 663-0505
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Love this place! The food is delicious and the staff is very friendly.


Eating with your hands is interesting and all, but the food here is so bland. On top of that, none of us ordered alcohol and it ended up being 20$ a person and we weren't even nea...

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Excellent Ethiopean/Eritrean in Morningside Heights 7/22/2006

Though thought of by some as a culinary wasteland, Morningside Heights/SoHa has some lovely little gems. Among them is one of our local favorites Massawa. It's some of the best Ethiopian/Eritrean food I've had in the city and the ambiance/wait staff are lovely. PRESENTATION: Unless indicated on the menu or otherwise requested, the food is served family style on a large platter and is eaten with the hands using the injera bread that comes with almost everything. FOOD: There is a nicely varied menu that includes meat (beef, chicken, lamb), fish, and veggie options, ranging from sweet and mild to spicy (it's one of the few places in the neighborhood that can actually do spicy food). We often get the Shiro (we prefer the regular to the special) and Timtimo (which are not spicy), and the Fit Fit Awaze (spicy) when we're in a veggie mood. The combo platters they have are also a nice way to sample a few different spice combinations. The downside with the combos is that they are usually just one kind of meat, served two different ways. DRINKS: The restaurant has a short wine list, and does some decently priced mixed drinks. They also have Addis (lager) and a honey beer (Axum, I think) available in bottles in addition to some standard domestics. AMBIANCE: The restaurant has low, romantic lighting and a quiet, relaxing atmosphere that is great for conversations. I've been there in groups ranging from 2-6 people, and it's nice to always be able to hear the other people at the table. Also, the music is usually interesting, but unintrusive. Be warned that this is a relaxed setting and the service/time between order and food arrival can be SLOW. It's best to go before you are completely famished and enjoy a drink while you wait for your food. Alternatively, if you live in the neighborhood, the delivery is great. more
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  • Ethiopian restaurant near Columbia University that has lunch specials and serves a variety of beef, lamb, seafood and chicken dishes.

  • 6/15/2007 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Monday 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM Thursday 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM Friday 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM Saturday 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunday 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Discover, Visa, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Uptown, Morningside Heights