Abyssinia Restaurant is the Ethiopian restaurant in Manhattan.
This is communal dining at it’s best. We won’t be breaking bread – we’ll be tearing it and using the bread for scooping up the delectable stews and salads. This food is delicious, light and extraordinary.
What about the lack of utensils? YOU have utensils – the best possible – your fingers. The injera is made from teff flour, the smallest grain out there. It’s super nutritious and protein packed. Let’s let Wikipedia do what they do best: “In making injera, teff flour is mixed with water and allowed to ferment (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermentation_(food)) for several days, as with sourdough (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sourdough) starter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_starter). As a result of this process, injera has a mildly sour taste. The injera is then ready to be baked (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baking) into large, flat pancakes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancake). This is done either on a specialized electric stove or, more commonly, on a clay plate (Amharic mittad, Tigrinya mogogo) placed over a fire. Unusual for a yeast or sourdough bread, the dough has sufficient liquidity to be poured onto the baking surface, rather than rolled out. In terms of shape, injera compares to the French crêpe (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cr%C3%AApe) and the Indian dosa (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dosa) as a flatbread (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatbread) cooked in a circle and used as a base for other foods. The taste and texture, however, are unlike the crêpe and dosa, and more similar to the South Indian appam (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appam). The bottom surface of the injera, which touches the heating surface, will have a relatively smooth texture, while the top will become porous. This porous structure allows the injera to be a good bread to scoop up sauces and dishes.”
Ok, enough! Let’s eat.
Meet at Abyssinia Restaurant at 6pm.
The restaurant is accessible.
Consult mta.info TripPlanner for accessible options to the restaurant. Closest elevator station is at 125th Street.
Subway: 2, 3, C, B, to 135th St
Bus: M2, M3, M10, BX33