Bunna Cafe

Restaurants, Ethiopian Bushwick
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 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica Gannett

Combination plate at Bunna Cafe

 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica Gannett

Keysir (chilled beets) at Bunna Cafe

 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica Gannett

Gomen (Ethiopian collard greens) at Bunna Cafe

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Photograph: Erica Gannett

Atkilt alicha (cabbage-carrot stew) at  Bunna Cafe

 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica Gannett

Combination plate at Bunna Cafe

When shrimp-and-grits staple Mama Joy's bowed out of Bushwick, it made way for a restaurant with roots touching even farther south: Ethiopia. Founded by Sam Saverance and Ethiopian expat Liyuw Ayalew, the wandering vegan pop-up—running in North Brooklyn since 2011—hosted African lunches out of Mama's vacant space starting in July 2013 and has since moved in permanently. The brick-walled joint honors Ethiopia—widely hailed as the birthplace of coffee—with traditional coffee ceremonies and live Abyssinian music. Java is made in a jebena pot and infused with cloves and cardamom, served with snacks like ambasha bread or cooked barley. Those looking for heartier options can dig into vegetarian plates, served on a bed of injera bread, like misir wot (red lentils in berbere sauce), keysir selata (sautéed and chilled beets) and shiro (garlicky ground chickpeas). Along with pureed juices (mango-avocado-papaya), beverages include Ethiopian beers (Castel, Harar), tej (honey wine) and cocktails, such as a whiskey-spiked Shai spiced tea.


Venue name: Bunna Cafe
Address: 1084 Flushing Ave
Cross street: between Irving and Knickerbocker Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–midnight; Fri, Sat 11am–2am
Transport: Subway: L to Jefferson St
Price: Average entrée: $11. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Joe L

This place has a line out the door on a Tuesday night. That goes to show how incredible it is!!


One of the best Ethiopian restaurants I have ever been to. The service and atmosphere are fantastic, the coffee ceremonies are great and it's all vegan, which is an added bonus.


Simply put: this is Ethiopian food at its best.  It's one of the few places both you and your non-vegan compadres can appreciate.  At Bunna, eating is best thought of as a team sport; groups of friends huddled around tables hand-picking colorful dishes from oversized Injera-covered plates. The casual atmosphere and low prices make this a spot worthy of many repeat visits.  Come for a coffee ceremony or order some out-of-this-world T'ej (Ethiopian honey wine) to complete your trip to the horn of Africa.

marc u
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I'll second  bigmovie's thoughts.  They could double their prices and I would still come.