Life in the big city, and everything in between.

Ethiopian Gem in Harlem

In Food on September 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Zoma's Combination Platter

One place comes to mind when I am in the mood for Ethiopian food, Zoma. Located right off of Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem, Zoma brings the essence of authentic Ethiopian food in an updated, yet inviting atmosphere. I frequent this place so often that I have become friends with the owner, Henock. He is always so gracious and very accommodating. Not only is Zoma a great addition to the neighborhood, but Henock is also a supporter of the local restaurants and bars in the area as well. He wants the local businesses to do well, which in turn keeps the neighborhood thriving.

With so much to choose from on the menu, I always stick with the combination platters which serves two people. The platters consist of the vegetarian combination and the Zoma combination. But if you ask the waitress she will customize the platter to your liking. For example, if you are not a fan of spicy food then you can substitute another dish.  One of my favorite dishes is the Gomen Be Siga, fresh collard greens simmered with sauteed beef, onions, green peppers and spices in a mild sauce. A spicy favorite is the Tibs Wett strips of sirloin simmered in a spiced stew with berbere, kibe, garlic, cardamom, coriander, and other herbs and spices. The vegetarian dishes are absolutely flavorful as well. The Atakilt Wett consist of fresh carrots, potatoes, cabbage and onions, sauteed with garlic, ginger and tomatoes in a mild sauce. The Shiro Wett is Ethiopian comfort food and is made up of chickpeas, lentils and peas roasted, powdered and cooked in a berbere sauce with a multitude of spices. These are just a few of many amazing options to choose from at Zoma. But the main staple that ties all these dishes together is the injera. Injera is a flat bread with a unique, slightly spongy texture. The injera acts as the eating utensil, the food, and the plate soaking up the flavors of the food.

Injera bread and stew

A great way to enhance the already flavorful and spicy food is with a glass of Tej, the name of traditional Ethiopian honey wine. Tej has a very honey sweet, dry, and bitter taste and compliments everything on the menu. But be careful because this sweet wine can pack a punch if you have to many.

The atmosphere is serene and the decor is subtle, but the main draw of Zoma is the food. The ingredients are fresh and the spices are sharp in flavor. Zoma is a real treat for anyone looking for an all around amazing dining experience. Don’t expect anything less than authenticity at this Ethiopian mecca.

2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY 10026
at 113th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
work 212-662-0620

Accept cards: Cash/Amex

Attire: Casual

Price Range: $$


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