At Tsion Cafe (Harlem, NY), there are traditional Ethiopian dishes like fir fir to shakshuka, which is Mediterranean.

By Lauren Glassberg (WABC)

Harlem, NY―In this edition of Neighborhood Eats, we’ve got a taste of Ethiopia you can get without ever leaving Manhattan.

Tsion Cafe, located at 763 St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, is a cafe and bakery that is delighting patrons.

“When people come here, we want them to feel like they’re stepping into their living room,” owner Beejhy Barhany said. “We want them to feel comfortable and welcome, a warm feeling.”

The smell of coffee roasting adds to that Ethiopian tradition, which is part of the experience at the Tsion Cafe. Barhany opened the spot a year and a half ago, not far from her Harlem home.

“I was born in Ethiopia, grew up in Israel and here in New York,” she said. “So we incorporate a little of everything.”

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The menu reflects her background. There are traditional Ethiopian dishes like fir fir to shakshuka, which is Mediterranean. The Tsion Cafe Eggs are lox, eggs and onions with injera, essentially an Ethiopian crepe, instead of a bagel.

Another popular dish is called tibs, which is filet mignon sauteed with shallots, tomatoes and jalapenos in an Ethiopian butter that’s been infused with spices. Sweet wine and a spicy berbere sauce round out the dish, and the beef is served on top of injera along with vegetable sides.

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  1. Shelby Genest

    Made from teff, the smallest and healthiest grain; a flat, slightly sour bread that is served with Ethiopian dishes Enjoy dinner with friends and meet some new ones. We have live performances, from music, to art shows to a literary series. Many of the artists are from the neighborhood and often inspired by life in Sugar Hill.


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