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Ghenet Brooklyn

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Ghenet Brooklyn

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Address: 348 Douglass St (4th Ave)
City: New York, NY
Zip: 11217
Phone: (718) 230-4475
Hours: Monday (Closed) Tue-Thu: 5pm-11pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-12am Sun: 5pm-11pm
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Map: Map
Cuisine: Ethiopian
Area: Park Slope
Payment: Cash only


There's nothing more exotic than a trip to Ethiopia. And while you may not be able to take that trip right now, you can get a taste of it in Brooklyn. In the ever-expanding Park Slope, you'll find Ghenet, an offshoot of the popular Ethiopian spot in Manhattan, on the corner of 4th Avenue and Douglass St. Walk through a large wooden door and you'll find a spectacular space surrounded by ornate metal screens that seem to change color as the light hits, complimenting the soft yellow banquettes, stout stools and sturdy wooden tables. You may actually start believing you've been whisked away to some exotic land. The space truly captures the essence of nature and is perfect for the ritual of breaking "injera", a traditional flat bread that is shared, symbolizing the bonds of friendship and loyalty. Here it's best to share a combination of dishes. And be prepared to give up the silverware and eat with your fingers. Simply tear off a small piece of your injera and wrap it around a morsel of food and let it fall into your mouth. What's better than a little dipping amongst friends? Ghenet offers several traditional Ethiopian dishes like Sega Wett, morsels of beef prepared with a blend of Ethiopian spices ($16), Doro Aletcha, chicken sauteed in a light onion sauce (13), Sega Aletch, a mild beef stew ($15), and Asa Kitfo, cubed tuna seasoned with shallots, peppers and Ethiopian spices ($18). There are also dishes known as "tibs," strips of grilled beef ($16) or chicken ($15) glazed with awaze, a paste of hot pepper, garlic and ginger and other spices. There's also a lamb version sauteed in a rich wine sauce ($17). Vegetarians will also find a nice selection of dishes, including lentils cooked in a red chili sauce. Ghenet likes to say it's restaurant is "here angels eat." All we think they're right. -Thomas Rafael