I know Ethiopian has been done to death on this board, but I had to say that I wanted to try some of the restaurants on Amsterdam above 100th Street (after eating at Ghenet about 5 times already) and was sorely disappointed at Awash (A'dam b/t 106-107) last night. First of all, I called to ask if they had traditional seating--which I suppose I should have made clear that I meant traditional ETHIOPIAN seating--because after assurances that they indeed did, I arrived to find shiny glass-top tables and metal dining chairs. Well, I was there for the food, so I brushed it off and sat down to order the vegetable combo. I have had Ethiopian food a million times, but I never remember the names of the food so you'll have to bear with me on the descriptions. The 6 or so traditional veg. dishes were there, but the red lentils (not the spicy ones--they were good) were bland. The potato, bean, and carrot mixture may have been good if it hadn't been cold, and the collards were OK at best. The spicy lentils, as I mentioned, were good, as was the cabbage (also lukewarm, though). Oh, and there was a scrumptious beet and yam(?) dish I've never tried before. The salad we'd ordered as an appetizer was delicious, too-- tomatoes, peppers, and onions in a lemon "vinaigrette" with injera.
I also thought the price was not quite right--12.95 for the veg combo (more expensive than the meat combos). Maybe I'm being too cheap. The whole thing was OK, but unsatisfying in the way that Ethiopian food always makes me ecstatic--definitely disappointing.
So, a question, if you've waded this far down in this message to read this, does anyone know where they have GOOD Ethiopian food with traditional seating? (By the way, the best E. restaurant I've ever eaten in is in Cleveland, OH, called Empress Taitu, and they have half traditional, half regular ol' American seating, and the food is beyond delicious.)