The first place I tried Ethiopian cuisine was in Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C. back in 2000. The second, was Meskerem… a good 5 or 6 years later. As it turns out, I eventually moved into a place that is around the corner from Meskerem so its a good option for a neighborhood spot to go to if you’re looking for Ethiopian food.
While the restaurant is (very) lacking in decor and atmosphere (ok, the atmosphere is laughable), it is worth going to if you have a sizable group and want a casual meal in the Hell’s Kitchen area that won’t cost an arm and a leg. Their menu is well rounded and you can find tasty if predictable Ethiopian items. As Ethiopian food is generally served on large, communal platters, it is best to go in a group of at least 3 or 4 people.
What you see above is several orders of doro wat (spciy chicken), beef tibs, fresh cabbage, potatoes and carrots, sauteed with garlic, ginger and curry (the yellowish piles above), shro wat, collard greens and, in the center are chicken drumsticks with a hard boiled egg.