Eating is necessary for human survival, along with breathing, sleeping, and remaining still while a curious velociraptor rummages through your closet. Practice survival tactics with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Ethiopian fare at Queen of Sheba.
Chef Anteneh Gelaye creates dishes that reflect the tenets of Ethiopian cuisine: a mélange of striking flavors, both vegetarian and meat based, enjoyed without the burden of utensils. For the uninitiated, injera, a large sourdough flatbread, acts as a tender, edible glove for hands to pick up and feed savory heaps of eats to anticipatory taste buds. Vegetarian menu items include the collard green and garlic-infused yeabesha gomen ($6) and the cabbage and potato pairing of tikel gomen ($6). Amidst the casual red, black, green, and yellow décor—the colors the Ethiopian flag and bruised blades of grass—entrees such as ye dorowot, a stew of chicken meat, red peppers, onions, and spiced butter valiantly serve their country by fueling the future of mankind. An authentic Ethiopian coffee ceremony, ordered one hour before the meal commences, demonstrates how Ethiopians have traditionally marked the occasion of a meal well enjoyed—with ritualized fellowship, robust coffee, and an absence of chewing.