Ghenet Brooklyn is a cozy Ethiopian restaurant in Park Slope. The vibe is very Brooklyn, with awesome art on the walls, cool music, and beautiful wooden screens enclosing the space. Even the plates here are Instagram-worthy, and that’s without the delicious food on top. The best part about Ghenet, however, is how easy it is to be gluten free. Every dish is served with injera, which is a thin flatbread made with teff flour. NOBREAD readers rejoice: they make a gluten free version! And its fluffy and delicious…
Upon sitting, we were informed that you eat with your hands at the restaurant; they don’t even put silverware on the tables! Everything on the menu can be made gluten free except for the sambusa appetizer. The NOBREAD team didn’t miss it, though, since we ordered the kategna, specifying we’d like the GF-injera. The bread was soaked in a blend of spices, definitely not for the faint of palate. Alone, it would have been too spicy for me, but it was topped with cheese, which cooled each bite down. You can order the stew-like main dishes, a la carte or in a combination platter and use the injera to scoop the food and soak up the sauce. The NOBREAD team went for combination platters. You should definitely order the doro wett, one of the most popular meat dishes, which is seasoned chicken in an amazing spiced sauce and served with a hard boiled egg. The most popular vegetable dishes are the mesir wett, lentils, and the aterkek aletcha, split peas. The collard greens are also delicious and I highly recommend ordering them!
I need to go back and try more combination platters, with beef or lamb this time. It wasn’t just the food that has me planning my next trip to Brooklyn, the atmosphere of Ghenet was remarkable- everyone seemed to be having so much fun! While I may not bring a first date here, the eating-by-hand business seems like the perfect way to bond over a second or third date. This restaurant is inconspicuously NOBREAD approved, and gets our vote for the best Ethiopian in the city!