Located in Harlem/Morningside Heights, Massawa is a purveyor of fine Ethiopian and Eritrean Food.

Massawa Restaurant opened in May 1988 and is located on the corner of 121st street on Amsterdam Avenue.

Our food is traditionally served with injera and eaten by hand. Injera is home baked flat African bread with no sugar or salt added and made from Teff, which is the smallest wheat grain in the world and is found in the high mountains of East Africa. Also, some of our food is cooked with Berbere, which is a hot red spice, and a hot sauce called Awaze. Our entrees are served with two sides of vegetables. If you like, we have rice and utensils at your service. Enjoy your meal and thank you for experiencing an African cuisine.

1239 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027

Massawa - New York, NY

I LOVE Massawa!

I’ve had Ethiopian food home-made by an amazing Ethiopian family and in a restaurant (many many times) in East Africa and this place totally lives up.

They have some of the best shiro I have ever had (way better than Awash’s shiro) and even when I try new things here, the food is always great. I’ve never had a bad meal here. Sometimes they are very slow, so plan for that, but the service is friendly and the food is outrageously good.

Katherine A., Washington DC

Yelp Review

This is a great spot for a date–not a first date or a second date, but a date. The African Beer of the Day is a good place to start. Opt for the dinner for two to enjoy lamb, chicken and beef, lentils, onions, potatoes and more! Plenty of spongy injera to soak up all the delicious sauces and spices in front of you. Dig in! Jeremy L., New York, NY

Yelp Review

Massawa, NYC