The Ethiopian restaurant Injera, which opened in 2014, is nestled across the street from Abingdon Square in the far west village near the Meatpacking district, and offers a bounty of delicious food in a convivial atmosphere. If you like a warm, friendly staff, eclectic and lively music (sometimes live music too), and spice-infused Ethiopian cuisine, this is absolutely your place. It’s a romantic date night or large dinner party pick, since you can share a platter of food, and its decor abounds with charming lanterns, flowers and African masks.Take your party to Injera
The owner, Roman, has to be one of the loveliest and most gracious hostesses in New York City. She was raised in Ethiopia, and named her restaurant Injera after the sourdough-risen flatbread of the same name, which is a national dish in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Injera bread has a unique, slightly spongy texture and is traditionally made from teff flour; it’s used to scoop up delicious vegetarian, chicken, lamb or beef dishes. Teff is the smallest grain in the world — it’s a tiny, round, nutritious grain that flourishes in the highlands of Ethiopia, and contains practically no gluten.Owner Roman (left)
The Chicken Combination for Two is designed for sharing, and is definitely incredible. It features four sides of vegetables (lentils in berbere sauce, cabbage/potato/carrots, collard greens, string beans, split peas with turmeric, and more), as well as slow-cooked chicken in spicy berbere sauce with a hard-boiled egg, and marinated diced chicken a in white wine sauce with rosemary, onions, peppers. You can adjust the heat on your dishes to your taste, ranging from mild to spicy. There are also Meat Combination Platters as well as Vegetarian Combination Platters. Try the flaky Sambussa appetizers and fresh salad, Yetimatim Fitfit.
Find an interesting selection of wine, cocktails, and beer at Injera, too. There’s a honey-infused white wine on the menu that is truly nectar of the gods! The beers are distinctive, and the cocktails are quite generous and tasty. Injera opens every day at 5 p.m. — and you can look for live music updates on Facebook at @InjeraNYC
Check out the menu, get directions, order online, and read more at http://www.injeranyc.com
11 Abingdon Square
at 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10014