Bunna Cafe

Bunna Cafe

Ethiopian Restaurant, Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, and Music Venue$$$$
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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  • Jessica W.
    "The feast is great to share, a bit of everything all on bread."(17 Tips)
    A D.
    "Excellent vegan Ethiopian food"(4 Tips)
    Jay M.
    "I loved the lentil sambusa appetizer."(2 Tips)
    Aias C.
    "... is delicious, the Ethiopian coffee as you wold expect also delicioso. What was..."(2 Tips)
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  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeSeptember 2, 2015
    delicious vegan Ethiopian food! the feast for 2 easily served 3. the service was great too. my only qualm was that it's cash only, but there's an ATM and our waitress was kind enough to break bills.
  • Erik H.
    Erik HehrmannSeptember 14, 2016
    The food here is amazing! Got the combination platter for 2, and it was probably enough food for 3! Also the ice road trucker drink is very unique and tasty.
  • Julia K.
    Julia KaplanMarch 21
    It's kind of tucked away in the middle of nowhere but it's cute and cozy and perfect for taking someone out with dietary restrictions. Everything on the menu is vegan & delicious!
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoApril 21, 2016
    The feast for two is probably good for three, etc. Great place to get a bunch of friends together though the cocktail game is weak. Throw down on a few plates of sambusas and all is forgiven.
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurOctober 27, 2014
    Amazing vegan Ethiopian food. Just get the feast so you can try everything. Dont forget to order coffee--its delicious and different from the regular. Love this place.
  • Ted P.
    Ted PalenskiNovember 26, 2016
    Not your typical Ethiopian. A vegan paradise of vegetable-based dishes. Get ready to gorge. (I recommend the platter.)
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WickhamDecember 31, 2016
    The feast is great to share, a bit of everything all on bread. Remember there is bread underneath so you don't need to order more like we did!
  • Yesbelt F.
    Everything is delicious and surprisingly it also happens to be vegan! I love that they have a yummy selection of non alcoholic beverages.
  • Ariel H.
    Ariel HermanMarch 31
    Seriously the best Ethiopian restaurant. Delicious food, nice staff, perfect atmosphere for date or friends. Well worth the trek out here.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 10, 2014
    Bunna is a godsend! Go in a group and order a sampler platter, which allows you to try everything on the menu. Read more
  • Gina L.
    Gina LimonOctober 26, 2014
    Injera is awesome - pliable yet soft, tangy and wholesome-tasting. Service at Smorgasburg was a little scatter-brained, though. I want to try the spiced coffee!
  • Aias C.
    Aias CienfuegosSeptember 20, 2014
    The lentil sambusa is delicious, the Ethiopian coffee as you wold expect also delicioso. What was unexpected was the caipirinha, best I've had in years!
  • J H.
    J HMarch 24, 2014
    The food is delicious the staff is lovely. A little too expensive for me to eat there three times a week, but if it was cheaper I would. The food is worth every penny though.
  • David R.
    David RosenbergMay 20, 2014
    The feast for two is the perfect amount of food for ambitious people like you and your dinner companion. Compliment them on the woodwork, it's homemade.
  • Michelle W.
    Get the feast for 2. Realize it's more like a feast for 4. Take leftovers/eat everything
  • Gabrielle
    GabrielleMarch 17, 2016
    Ethiopian coffee & feast - good for any occasion! Injera, salads are flawless. Cocktails are delicious & v original. Favourite restaurant in Brooklyn :)
  • Ted P.
    Ted PalenskiNovember 24, 2016
    Vegan paradise. Lots of veg Ethiopian that I hadn't experienced. Get the platter! HUGE portions. Split the 3-person platter with 4 or 5.
  • Lukas T.
    Lukas ThomsMarch 21, 2015
    Bunna is super great. If you're hungry, get the feast for two (it can reasonably feed three), and I highly recommend the honey wine!
  • Sam G.
    Sam Gil3 weeks ago
    Share all the dishes for two people! First cocktail and the White Russian are both awesome and cheap during happy hour (slightly smaller).
  • Edomia zaide B.
    Awesome vegan spot, weekend brunch is a lot of fun with great DJ. Moderately cheap, the honey mimosas are only $5.
  • Shrutika S.
    Vegan deliciousness on a small plate or big plate!!! The feast for 3 ppl is good for 5!!!
  • Holiday
    HolidayJune 2
    Iced chai (Shai) and gluten free injera but if you want the gf injera you must reserve it the day before your visit.
  • Shahrzad S.
    Shahrzad ShamsSeptember 25
    We had the feast with seven combinations for dinner and it was amazing. Enough for two people. Awesome vibe and great staff.
  • Lauren A.
    Go here on Wednesday nights for authentic vegetarian Ethiopian food and love music. Best combination for the midweek hump.
  • Ally V.
    Ally VinsJune 30, 2015
    Wonderful food! One of the best Ethiopian restaurant in NYC area. Ethiopian road trucker is a very good drink!
  • Ariel S.
    Ariel SeltzerMarch 14, 2015
    Amazing food and everyone is very friendly. Great place for a date!
  • Elysia M.
    Elysia MannOctober 13, 2014
    Carnivores and vegans alike will enjoy the menu. Everything on the huge platter for 2 was delicious.
  • Jay M.
    Jay MunozAugust 18, 2014
    I loved the lentil sambusa appetizer. Followed by a feast for two and tried a bit of everything!
  • Juan Carlos V.
    Juan Carlos ValdesJune 17, 2015
    Feast for two is all you need for 3 or 4 people. Very delicious and cocktails are great.
  • Lyndsey M.
    Lyndsey MMay 26, 2016
    My favorite Ethiopian restaurant in New York. I love the beets.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    The drink menu includes traditional t'ej (honey wine), cocktails, and wine and beer from Ethiopia and elsewhere. Read more
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyJuly 20, 2014
    The food at Bunna Cafe, a pop-up Ethiopian supper club turned brick-and-mortar restaurant, is only incidentally vegan.
  • Tom A.
    Tom AlfieFebruary 2
    Delicious vegan options, but be warned the juice with breakfast is weird. Just sugary, thick pulp
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonNovember 2, 2016
    Just come in from the cold? Order a shai tea right off the bat. It'll warm you right up. Mmm... cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger.
  • Empirical B.
    Empirical BakerSeptember 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab some extra injera to get the most out of your meal :)
  • JM P.
    JM ParveauxJanuary 23, 2016
    Delicious and cheep, warning it's very filling!
  • Rami H.
    Rami HaykalApril 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great healthy vegetarian food, share the platter for 2. It's a lot of food
  • Jessica d.
    Jessica de OliveiraDecember 8, 2015
    Surprisingly appetizing and filling, definitely shows you that vegan Ethiopian food can be a thing.
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanDecember 30, 2016
    Feast for 2 is 100% the best way to do Bunna Cafe.
  • Bram H.
    Bram Hubbell3 weeks ago
    Go with a friend and get the sampler plate!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • FoodieFace
    FoodieFaceMarch 27
    Get the three-layer juice! Mango, avocado, and papaya.
  • BrooklynBoyO
    BrooklynBoyOJune 28, 2014
    Show up without cash and you ain't eating. Not too many ATMs nearby in the evening.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MaliwatOctober 17, 2016
    Great vibe, delicious cocktails and knockout Ethiopian food.
  • Poonam D.
    The platter for 2 was incredible! Great ambiance and service.
  • Luke
    LukeDecember 15, 2015
    So good. Come with a group and try everything
  • Ben u.
    Ben uecker2 weeks ago
    Had the ful and sangria for Brunch. Very tasty!
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 5, 2014
    Two words: vegan Ethiopian. Read more
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah T.December 31, 2015
    Service was ok, they didn't know how to handle their error: We'd ordered the popular platter, and they gave it to the table next to us (who had arrived 20min after us). Nothing done to makegood at all
  • Maxwell F.
    Maxwell FoxmanNovember 29, 2014
    Great food. Amazing prices and big portions
  • Nanny
    NannyAugust 11, 2014
    Did is very delicious. Staff is super friendly. Portions are small though for their prices. I alone eat a feast for two. Well worth it though. Be their for the coffee ceremony. So good!
  • Alice M.
    Alice MottolaAugust 24, 2014
    This place is wonderful and perfect beyond reckoning.
  • Amanda H.
    Amanda HuDecember 11, 2016
    Get there early for dinner. This place was hoppin on the weekend
  • Cherie Y.
    Cherie YanekApril 19, 2014
    Very filling. The feast for two is great. Slow service though
  • Alex R.
    Happy Hour M-F 12-7: tecate and well shot for $4
  • Brown
    BrownAugust 2, 2013
    Misir Wot is where it's at. Spicy and delicious.
  • Alexandra F.
    Adore this place - lovely staff, lovely food
  • Chantal S.
    Chantal StormSeptember 18, 2014
    Get the share plate! Amazing
  • Nanny
    NannyAugust 11, 2014
    Vegan Ethiopian grub!
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren Schroeder3 weeks ago
    Delicious Ethiopian food, inexpensive!
  • Katherine F.
    Katherine FisherMay 26, 2014
    I'll be dreaming of the Feast for Two for awhile.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiAugust 16, 2016
    Delicious special drinks at the bar.
  • Yviza
    YvizaMay 29
    Awesome Brunch at weekends
  • Barry M.
    Barry MarshallJanuary 10, 2015
    The Kale salad was amazing!
  • Nik N.
    Nik NadolskiFebruary 3, 2016
    The "meal" can't be beat!
  • A D.
    A DelApril 2, 2016
    Excellent vegan Ethiopian food
  • J. M.
    J. M.March 25, 2016
    Very tasty! Loved it!
  • Allison Z.
    Allison ZatarainSeptember 25, 2016
    Super staff, vegan options
  • Ben u.
    Ben uecker2 weeks ago
    Ful and sangria both awesome
  • David L.
    David LowryDecember 28, 2016
    Best Ethiopian in NYC
  • Marzy H.
    Marzy HartJanuary 6, 2016
    Everything is delicious
  • Juliana
    JulianaAugust 2, 2016
    Amazing ethiopan food
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 14, 2014
    Wonderful renditions of Ethiopian cooking, some of our favorite in the city, though portions can run a little small.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SaveranceJuly 17, 2014
    ATM's in the back.
  • Lucas P.
    Lucas PinzonJanuary 7, 2016
    Un gran lugar para comer comida Etíope. Antes de ir debe saber que es tipo vegano, y que está comida es para compartir y se come con la mano. Muy recomendado. Y termine muy bien con un delicioso Café
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