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Kick off the Ethiopian New Year at these 5 tasty Harlem spots

September 12, 2019

 

Happy Ethiopian New Year!

 

An African country with ancient roots, Ethiopia follows a calendar similar to the old Julian one, traditionally celebrating the start of the New Year on September 11 (or 12, if it's a leap year).

 

To mark the holiday, why not visit one of Harlem's many tasty, authentic Ethiopian restaurants. From south to north, here's where to find them:

 

1. Zoma

2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 113th St

An upscale choice on a restaurant-packed stretch of Frederick Douglass Boulevard, with a modern vibe to match.

 

2. Massawa

1239 Amsterdam Ave and W 121st St

Recently reopened after a year of renovations, this longtime Columbia favorite delivers Ethiopian/Eritrean dishes that have been perfected over 30 years.

 

3. Abyssinia

268 W 135th St between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvds

Traditional, deeply satisfying Ethiopian food from a sit-down restaurant that doubles as a popular takeaway injera (Ethiopian bread) spot.

 

4. Benyam

2795 Frederick Douglass Blvd btwn W 148th and W 149th Sts

This small, family-run spot is a great place to stop in for lunch or dinner while soaking up the bohemian art-gallery vibe.

 

5. Tsion Cafe

763 St. Nicholas Ave btwn W 148th and W 149th Sts

At this super cozy Sugar Hill cafe, the owner, who lived for a time in Israel, has created a unique menu that blends Ethiopian and Mediterranean cuisines.

 

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