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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman


Photograph: Jakob N. Layman


Photograph: Jakob N. Layman


East Village

Awash is ideal for a hot date. Everything is sharable, and everything is finger food—so you can lick your digits and get down and dirty at the table. Even better, you can request to do so at one of the romantic alfresco two-tops at the East Village branch. The catch: Ethiopian food is richly spiced, butter based and, although thoroughly delicious here, not exactly stomach soothing. (The sour, spongy injera tends to expand after consumption.) Better to enjoy this joint with friends rather than with dates, and stuff yourselves on smooth shiro, a chickpea puree, and fantastically tender doro wat, a slow-simmered spicy chicken stew served with a boiled egg.

Venue name: Awash
Address: 338 E 6th St
New York
Cross street: between First and Second Aves
Opening hours: Daily 4–11:30pm
Transport: Subway: F, V to Lower East Side-Second Ave; 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average main course: $15
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There aren't a ton of Ethiopian restaurants in town, but this mini chain (three locations: East Village, Upper West Side and Cobble Hill) is the best bang for your buck. If you're looking for a hearty meal, order a variety of dishes and share with a group. Order the meat or veggie sambusas to start. They aren't the healthiest thing around, but they are worth it. I love the shiro (ground chickpeas with onions, garlic and tomatoes), but the veggie combo is best for a newbie. Come with an appetite and eat slowly, as it can be quite filling. The staff is friendly, and the setting casual.