Living in Philly, I am a frequent contributor to the Pennsylvania board. My parents live in North Jersey and my wife and I meet them halfway from time to time for dinner. When we made plans for last Sunday night, I scowered the Chowhound boards and settled on Makeda.
What a great place! It was the tastiest, most vibrant Ethiopian food I have ever had. Frequently, I go to a local Ethiopian restaurant in Philly but it is nothing like this. All too often, I find Ethiopian food to taste like overcooked stew. At Makeda, the dishes were properly seasoned and the vegetables still firm. I had Kitfo, raw ground sirloin tossed with peppers and spices, and found it vastly superior to anything I've had elsewhere.
Makeda is a perfect "halfway" meeting place for those living in Philly and New York or North and South Jersey.
The restaurant is on George Street in New Brunswick. Entrees average $20 (a bit more expensive than most East African restaurants). Their website is www.makedas.com.
Anyone else have any other "halfway" recommendations?