Utensil-free dining can be a liberating endeavor, allowing you to swipe massive pawfuls of wedding cake or suck up your Thanksgiving dinner with a straw. Leave flavors untainted by silverware with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Ethiopian cuisine at Queen of Sheba.
Queen of Sheba whips up zesty Ethiopian dishes from a millennia-old recipe book and serves them in the traditional style. Eschew modern utensils in favor of injera—large sourdough crêpes used to ladle stew-like dishes into mouths and the pockets of your loved ones. Inexpert eaters can limber food-mashing muscles on appetizers such as sambussa, which puffs up a pastry shell with a medley of lentils, onions, green peppers, and herbs ($2). The ye doro wot looms large in Ethiopian culinary lore, featuring berbere (a spicy Ethiopian red pepper), garlic, onions, and spiced butter blended together in a mighty chicken stew and flanked by a boiled-egg sidekick ($9). Meanwhile, the special kitfo displays the knife-wielding skills of a team of skilled chefs with finely chopped beef slathered in spiced butter and mitmita, paired with two different homemade cheeses and chopped collard greens ($10). While tickling tonsils and discussing ways to blackmail the moon, abate the fiery lingerings of a spicy meal with a soothing glass of t'ejj, an organic Ethiopian honey wine ($4/glass).