I've been coming to Ghenet for years, with friends, for parties, and by myself. I've had Ethiopian food in Nairobi, Kenya; Kigali, Rwanda; Cape Town, South Africa; Boston; Iowa; and at other restaurants in New York--sadly not in Ethiopia YET--and Ghenet continues to rank as one of my favorites!
In addition to the delicious food, the space is simple and classy and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. Hannah, the owner? manager?, is warm and kind.
Food-wise, there's something for everyone: carnivore, vegan, gluten-free, et al. My favorite dish, by far, is the mesir wett (spicy dish of lentils in berbere). I also love the aterkek aletcha (mild split pea dish). Luckily, they offer combinations, so you can enjoy multiple dishes. FYI: unlike some other Ethiopian restaurants, their shiro aletcha and shiro wett (bean dishes) are smoothly pureed--nice flavors, but personally not my favorite consistency.
For those who are gluten-free, low glycemic-index, etc., teff-only injera is available and delicious (and apparently protein-packed). It's not quite has fluffy as their regular, wheat-added injera, but I think it has a nice slightly sour flavor that complements the food quite nicely.
In addition to Ethiopian wine (Tej), they have some decent reds, whites, and rosés from the U.S., South Africa, Australia, and Spain. They also have some interesting cocktails (my favorite of the ginger apple martini, which I order without cranberry juice). There are a few beer options as well (including two Ethiopian beers).
I highly recommend!
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