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1239 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10027-6603
+1 212-663-0505
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good50%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“injera” (7 reviews)
“beef” (6 reviews)
“stews” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 11:30 pmAll hours
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1239 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10027-6603
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Reviewed June 23, 2017

Four of us went to Massawa - it is an African cuisine restaurant, but we came for their Ethiopian dishes. I absolutely love Ethiopian food, especially because of the typical way you eat - with your fingers. We started with a wonderful appetizer - Ful...More

Thank Lawrence M
Reviewed April 13, 2017 via mobile

We ate there 3 days ago. We arrived around half past 10 and were still served. The service was very friendly and the food was just amazing! We really recommend the spicy lamb.

Thank lukas r
Reviewed January 7, 2017

I've been a fan and regular at Massawa for years now and after visiting a number of Ethiopian restaurants in and out of New York, I can say Massawa's food is hands down the best Ethiopian food you'll find in New York. The prices have...More

Thank jaddamsr
Reviewed November 29, 2016

I've had Ethiopian a number of times in different major cities, and this place ranks towards the top. A little pricey, but probably still below average for nice restaurants in the city. We had the dinner for two which came with a good selection and...More

Thank Joe W
Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

We loooved the place. The stews were great, the vegetarian dishes were even better. We shared a bit of everything and I could not recommend one food over the other. The vegetarian and massawas combos are excellent for friends or families to share with the...More

Thank Marco Z
Reviewed July 22, 2016

I wasn't familiar with Ethiopian or Eritrean food, but eating dinner at Massawa made me want more! Four of us went in and all ordered different things (plus some sambusa appetizers) and we shared. The presentation was attractive, the staff was friendly and helpful, the...More

Thank Gary R
Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

If you read about Ethiopian food in New York City generally you see Massawa and Awash as the best reviewed. However, Massawa is better because it is not a chain but a family run place and the food quality and taste is better. My friends...More

Thank eliza-china
Reviewed July 13, 2016

Our group did not have much time so we each ordered the sambusa appetizer. They were delicious! They came with two sauces and I preferred the vinegar based sauce, although I enjoyed the red, spicy sauce too. I hope I can eventually return and enjoy...More

Thank Melaney68
Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

The taste of the food was ok. Not my preferred one, but the experience was interesting, once we had to eat with our hands.

Thank Regina C
Reviewed June 8, 2016

Had a great lunch here, as demonstrated by the thoroughly messy fingers we had at the end. I had the Tsebhi Beghe and a lunch companion had the salmon tebsi. We also had beef and vegetable sambusas. All was delicious!

Thank Stephanie S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1239 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10027-6603
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City
  • Phone Number: +1 212-663-0505
Massawa is a family owned business serving fine Eritrean and Ethiopian food. We are conveniently located near Columbia University. Massawa was one of the very first Ethiopian restaurants in the Northeast, and has enjoyed a large following of patrons since its opening in 1988. Everything we serve is natural, fresh, and of the highest quality. We offer exotic dishes, serving everything from spicy to mild flavors, and vegetables to fish, to meat. While we’re known for our hearty vegan and vegetarian fare, we also serve fish, beef, lamb, chicken, and shrimp. We truly have something for everyone. And if you prefer your dishes on the mild side, we can customize any dish to the exact spice level that you wish.Ethiopian food and culture lends itself to sharing, so many of our dishes are served on large platters accompanied by our fluffy injera bread. Our restaurant is perfect for both an intimate dinner date or for a large family dinner. Make sure to order a glass of our honey wine or an Ethiopian beer. Coffee lovers should try our traditional Ethiopian coffee, bunna.
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