Eating with one's hands creates a sensual dining experience and diminishes regret felt by patrons who transplanted forks onto their wrists during the 1960s fondue craze. Feast in a utensil-free utopia with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Ethiopian fare at Ethio Cafe and Restaurant on South 45th Street.
The culinary crew at Ethio Cafe whips up vegetarian, vegan, and carnivorous dishes using traditional Ethiopian recipes. Begin gastronomical globetrotting with a small-portioned delicacy such as fuul—crushed fava beans with onion, jalapeño, and sour cream ($5)—served with pita and a spare vowel. Dig into entrees such as traditional kitfo, a beef tartar with red pepper and cardamom ($12) or vegetarian alicha kik wot, a yellow-pea stew served with two veggie sides ($7).
Delectable desserts include baklava ($5) and flan ($5), a custard so universally beloved that it unites international cuisines and bickering reality stars. As they nosh, patrons can revel in an airy, gold-walled dining room bedecked with white tablecloths and welcoming décor.