I think eating out should be fun and when I go out I usually want to eat food that I couldn’t cook for myself (not always, sometimes it’s nice to go out for comfort food). I’m looking for amazing food, a fun experience, something different. I want a “wow” night out.
I’m a big fan of sharing. I know that not everyone is. There are people who don’t like anyone else eating off their plate, or touching their food. Hey, we all have issues. But me, I love sharing food. And I like going to restaurants where sharing is a part of the experience. Most importantly, I think sharing can be a wonderful date experience. It forces you to communicate with each other on a pretty personal level.
Ethiopian food is one of those cuisines that’s made for sharing. And for fun. Everything is eaten with your hands, scooped up with traditional soft bread (injera). Totally normal for a lot of people in the world but different and kind of playful for a couple of NYers. It’s served on a communal platter and so you’re each taking what you want, with your hands, from the same plate.
There are a few decent Ethiopian restaurants in the city (sadly my favorite closed years ago). My current go to place is Meskerem on W47th. It’s cheap and the food is always yummy, though it’s notorious for poor service. I’ve never once had an issue with the service there, but the reputation for bad service has been around for years.
If you’re looking for something different to do on a date, someplace a little more adventurous, and you’ve never had Ethiopian food then I strongly recommend you give it a try (or one of the other places in the city). I can’t guarantee you’ll love the food, but it’s definitely a good date idea.
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