On my way to dinner last night, I met two very nice women waiting (for a very long time) at the bus stop with me. When I mentioned I was heading to the restaurant recently reviewed in the Times (11/1)- Meskel, they urged me to join Chowhound and post about it, so here I am!
My friend and I arrived at the small restaurant in Alphabet city around 6:45pm on Thursday and not a moment too soon. The tiny room, artfully decorated was packed with people waiting outside for a table, the entire time we were there. Probably as a result of the recent review, the place seemed under staffed until extra help arrived about an hour later.
After much waiting, I ordered the meat combo dish (to sample a greater variety of the food) and my friend ordered one of the chicken dishes (that came with boiled eggs). Both were excellent, and were filled with fun flavors. As a first timer for Ethiopian food, this was definitely a fine choice to experiment on.
Also, BYOB/W as they do not yet have a licence.