Bunna Cafe

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    ( 19 reviews )
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1084 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 11237

Catering turned brick-and-mortar, opened at this location in 2014. Offers vegetarian Ethiopian cuisine. Open Mon-Fri 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-4:00pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Catering, Ethiopian, African

19 Reviews

First Review by F666

cash only in 2017 - Edit

Cash only is obnoxious - no reason for a higher rating.

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good food but messed up - Edit

The first time I went I really enjoyed myself and the food was good and so was the service but each time I called before I went to make sure they're open because I come quite a ways and I take Uber.

As I left Bunna the first time there was a robbery that had just taken place across the street.

I was excited to go back with an Uber so I called in advance again -- just want make sure you're open and she said yes. She did not tell me and Fyi I was hungry when I got there the kitchen was closed and she thought I would want to sit in the restaurant with music blasting and no food -- they would not even let me buy an appetizer so I got back in the Uber and I went to loving hut.

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Average - Edit

I expected to be blown away after reading the other reviews and seeing everyone's pics. The experience was just okay for me. I ordered a mango/avocado/papaya smoothie that was served at room temperature (which may be the traditional way to serve it but it could have used some ice blended in).

The feast for two was good, but nothing different than anything you'd find in a non-vegan Ethiopian spot and nothing inventive added to it (which is fine). The dessert was okay and a larger portion than what I expected.
I only support vegan restaurants, so, if I ever have a craving for Ethiopian, I would return here, but there was nothing that stood out for me at all. Maybe there are other more interesting items on the menu, but the feast and the dessert are supposedly standard popular items here.

The space is very charming and inviting and a lot more roomy than I thought, but the lighting is a little too low. Also, they only take CASH. To me, for a restaurant of that size, that's kinda suspect, but at least they have an ATM in the back by the bathrooms, which of course charges you $2 for a withdrawal, in addition to the $3 your bank will charge. This is just bad business and unacceptable in NYC in 2003, except it's actually 2017, so that's how behind they are with that.

All in all, average, but decent.

Updated from previous review on 2017-05-30

Pros: Decent-sized portions, Reasonably priced

Cons: Predictable menu, Cash only, Very low lighting

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Tasty Vegan Food - Edit

Great place to go on a date, by yourself or with friends share a plate, lots of delicious vegan food to satisfy your palette, service staff is friendly, the atmosphere is laidback what else can I say, glad I found this place, highly recommend.

Pros: great food, nice staff, good drinks

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A feast - Edit

I adore Bunna Cafe with all my heart. I always get the Feast for Two when I go. It's both delicious, fun to share, and affordable at $28 ($14/person). It's always too much food, so you can even take home some leftovers. Bunna also makes their own drinks from scratch, like a White Russian with homemade nut milk, which is amazing and hard to find.

Pros: Great food, Reasonable prices for lots of food, Lovely atmosphere

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BEST - Edit

Love this spot. The food can take a little while but always worth the wait.

Pros: they don't try to imitate meat, everything is delish, you'll want to eat til you can't breath

Cons: the food can sometimes take a while.

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Small portions - Edit

Far away from everything, an adventure. The food is interesting as it's different but the portions are too small. The unfriendly staff don't help you and the place was so dark I could barely see what I was eating. Anyway, the food was tasty.

Pros: Different, exotic

Cons: Far away, unfriendly staff, expensive

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so much flavour! - Edit

We ordered a feast for 2. It came with 4 pieces of bread and every item was delicious. It was so filling. We didn't have a reservation but turned up around opening time and got a seat. I also had dessert which was delicious.

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Great! Very different food - Edit

Loved this place: great, extraordinary food for little money and nice atmosphere

Pros: inexpensive

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Exciting, colorful meals! - Edit

I've been to Bunna twice and highly recommend it, but more so for dinner when you can get the "meal" or "feast", which is essentially a plate of the most delicious and colorful veggies, beans, and grains! Definitely check the website for the hours the "meal/feast" is served; the last time I went to Bunna, early on a Saturday afternoon, I was told this fabulous dish was not available and was limited to the brunch menu, which was good, just not nearly as delectable as the huge meal dish.

Pros: The meal

Cons: The meal not served all hours

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Vegan, Spicy Gem in Bushwick - Edit

Beautiful place with authentic and creative foods. Our brunch group tried one of everything. The pan - fried brunch bread was amazing. If you are looking for injera though, aim for dinner. Special coffee ceremony most days - check the website to be sure of times.

Pros: Fresh food, Unique bar drinks, Great coffee

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Tasty! - Edit

I had to eat more than once at this place. The food is very tasty and also different to what you would find around in the area. Definitely recommended.

PD: Yes, you eat with your hands there.

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super super - Edit

Super simple lunch menu - is there better value anywhere in NYC with an 8 dish sampler for 2 for $15? Loved the food, wholesome and interesting. Decent drinks menu and apparently they have some evening events. Definitely recommended for lunch. Do yourself a favour and try this wonderful food.

Pros: inexpensive, plenty of room, great valuie

Cons: a little dark inside

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Awesome - Edit

I love Bunna! Every time I go I get the sampler plate and its always delicious. Their smoothies are great as well, and the service has never once been less than spectacular.

My only complaint is that the server occasionally forgets to bring the gluten free option of rice when asked, but they always rectify it immediately. Also, the gluten free bread is a little bit spongey and heavy.

Pros: delicious, quick service

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Loved the Brunch - Edit

We went here in April for the brunch. My husband and I both got sampler plates and everything we dried was delicious - including the mimosas. I highly recommend checking it out!

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Great feast! - Edit

Went with a few friends and we split the feast for four, great variety of food and good for the cost. Everything is vegan and the bread can be gluten free if you call in advance. Friendly vibe, just all around fantastic experience.

Pros: filling, great atmosphere, good value

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Look ma, no hands! - Edit

My wife and I shared the feast for two, an ethiopiano, a shai, lentil sambusa and baklava. Perfect Ethiopian experience. For anyone that hasn't eaten Ethiopian, heads up you eat with your hands and you'll probably want a few extra injera.

Pros: totally vegan, atmosphere was warm and spacious, flavorful food and generous portions

Cons: bathroom could use lathering soap and airblade han

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Feast! - Edit

Shared the feast for 3 with gluten free injera (Ethiopian flatbread) and loved it. This comes with a small amount of every entrée on the menu and all of them were excellent with good portion sizes. (You need to give 24 hours notice for the gluten free injera).

There was only one desert choice, baklava, but I was too full to even consider it!

The staff were friendly and helpful, and while the restaurant was very busy, it did not feel overcrowded.

Certainly a place to return to.

Pros: Great food, Friendly attentive staff, Good value

Cons: Only one desert choice (baklava)

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Very low key - Edit

This is a great spot for quality vegan Ethiopian food with a friendly staff, laid back atmosphere and a full bar!

Try the layered smoothie for desert!

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