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“Sub Standard Ethiopian Fare”
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Ranked #1,056 of 6,577 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Price range: US$10 - US$15
Cuisines: Ethiopian
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Dining options: Takeout
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: S. Portland Ave.
Transit: C to Lafayette Ave G to Fulton Street 2 3 4 5 N R Q D B to Atlantic Ave
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We decided to try Bati because of its proximity to Brooklyn Academy of Music and its reviews. Having been to several other Ethiopian restaurants in the city we were excited to try a new one. The room is small but pleasant but we were there on a rather cold night and since there is no vestibule, the dining room was cold and drafty. Several people were wearing their coats because of the low temperature. Service was adequate and prices in line with other similar restaurants but the food quality was not very good. Portions were small and for the most part all of the dishes were quite bland. We are used to the unique blend of spices found in Ethiopian cuisine, it is bold and a bit spicy. Here it was rather flat tasting. The only dish with any flavor was the Key Sir, consisting of cubed beets and potatoes in a marinade of lemon, onion and jalapeño peppers. You could taste the jalapeños but not much else. All of the other six dishes we tried were bland and uninteresting. I wish I could give Bati a better review but they fall short compared to other Ethiopian restaurants that you can find in New York.

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Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

This is our favorite Ethiopian restaurant in New York. The food is delicious, spiced just right with the Ethiopian condiments that give this cuisine its distinctive flavor. Our favorite plate is the very generous vegetarian platter. It is like a a North African "mezza," an assortment of savory bean dishes, pureed or stewed in berebere spices. Imagine a Lebanese hummus or babaganoush made with Ethiopian ingredients, accompanied with small tastings of collards, cabbage, and beet selections. All of this is served on fermented Ethiopian flat bread. There are also side servings of the bread. The service is friendly and attentive. The restaurant is a short walk up from BAM in the Fort Greene neighborhood. I usually enjoy my meal with a cold Ethiopian beer. The food is mildly spicy but not overly hot. Highly recommended if you like international foods.

Thank Leonard G
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Reviewed 26 May 2016

My daughter and I went to this restaurant on a Thursday night and the place was buzzing. We had the vegetarian combination platter which was delicious. I am a vegan and my daughter is a vegetarian and there was plenty of choice. I am from the UK visiting my daughter. It is the second time I have been here and will definitely return.

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Thank maggiewatson1
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Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

Amazing server so accommodating
Met all our special needs the food was
Just out of the world must check this place out combination platters are must

Thank synergy58
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Reviewed 20 January 2016

I arrived at this particular restaurant expecting to eat some good Ethiopian food and to experience a nice environment. Having had very good experiences from other Ethiopian restaurants across the country- I did not think for a moment that I would experience anything less than what I’ve come to love about Ethiopian cuisine. In addition I excitedly brought my sister in-law to introduce her to Ethiopian food. Unfortunately we had a very disappointing experience, from the young woman, who appeared to be reluctantly performing her duties as a server. To the small portions and mildly seasoned food. Regardless of a lack luster experience I wanted to see the good in this restaurant, I was hoping that this was just a low performance day. I am not a perfectionist, people can have a bad day that is ok. However even towards the end of our dining experience the server demonstrated poor behavior and acted in poor taste- I decided that I would not return. I had to reassure my sister in-law that the “Bati Restaurant” was not demonstrative of dinning in an Ethiopian restaurant I did not want her turned-off from ever trying Ethiopian food again.

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Thank Jennifer T
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