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Welcome to Bunna Cafe.
1084 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn.
Plant-Based Ethiopian.
Open Wednesday to Monday 12pm to 9pm.
Brunch Sat/Sun 12 to 5.
Closed Tuesday.


Coffee is everything in Ethiopia. Not only does it drive the economy, but it drives everyday life. Ethiopians drink coffee multiple times a day, be it as an espresso, cortado, or through the traditional coffee ceremony — the intricate, intimate process of making coffee from raw bean to brew while bringing people together in conversation and celebration as the process develops.


When we began the concept of Bunna Cafe sitting in a coffee shop in Union Square in 2011, it was evident that coffee (bunna) had to be the anchor for everything we do. To build a restaurant that truly embodied the feel and essence of Ethiopian culinary culture, it had to be present, front and center. To that effect, in our initial dinner parties and pop ups, we would set up the elaborate coffee ceremony, including our Rekbot, custom-made by our friend Shimelis Fikre. Almost a decade later, the coffee ceremony still anchors everything about Bunna Cafe, sitting on our beautiful thatch roof stage in the middle of the dining room. We hand roast single origin beans there, and serve fresh Bunna for free at various times throughout the week. It is our calling card, and we are proud of its effect. For more information on the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, click on the link, and follow @originalbarista on Instagram.


This is fun, delicious, nutritious, and communal cuisine. Habesha have a tradition of sharing. Meals are shared, coffee is shared, homes are shared. It is a source of pride and honor to be able to give what you have to those that do not. Dining is more than putting food in your mouth. It is an event, a time to tell stories, to learn, to build. The anatomy of Ethiopian cuisine encourages that setting to a tee.


"Communal" has become a problem in this era of social distancing, but we will put your delicious food in a pizza box and send it your way for you to build your Beyaynetu feast in the comfort of your home.


Pair the food with a variety of beverages — including T'ej, a sweet, rich, fermented golden honey wine. We also create our own specialty cocktails and Ethiopian beer. For those inclined to sobriety, we have soothing spiced teas, and the most photogenic layered pureed juice you've ever seen. Grab Bunna of course, or purchased hand roasted beans for you to brew at home.


Since 2011, Bunna Cafe has been curating Ethiopian-themed food and music events around NYC. In February 2014 we opened up our first brick-and-mortar restaurant on the heels of an inspirational Indiegogo campaign. From 2011 up until now, we have been blessed with a family of support – from friends, family, customers – enough love and kindness that we could do this the rest of our lives and be ok with that. Gratitude is too weak of a work to express how we feel. We need a few hundred "በጣም" in front.


Tune in, get on our mailing list, and check out our Music and Media page for what's to come and to follow us on social media. We throw amazing shows with local artists plus some greats from Ethiopia. Thank you for your interest and remember: Everything is Eshi!

Review: A Vegan Ethiopian Feast at Bunna Café

There are some New York restaurants that you can mention in any social setting and someone will invariably nod and intone, sagely, "Oh, yes, I go there all the time." Somewhat remarkably for a vegan Ethiopian spot-in Bushwick, no less-Bunna Café is one of them. What's more, Bunna is well, and rightly, loved.

Bon Appétit's NYC100 - March 2020 Edition

29. The Place for Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Food. Bunna Cafe, Bushwick, Brooklyn. This bustling, 100-percent plant-based Ethiopian spot is the ultimate answer to the age-old question, “Where are we going to take our vegetarian friends to dinner?”

New York's Most Romantic Restaurants, According to 33 Chefs

DeVonn Francis, Founder-chef, YARDY: There’s a little corner booth by the door at Bunna Cafe in Bushwick, which I covet for a romantic night out. Tearing injera off of metal platters topped with slow-stewed tomatoes, aromatic sauces and savory greens is a lovely vehicle for romance (and a useful device for those who need to keep their hands busy to alleviate nervousness). Bunna checks all of my boxes. The room never feels too loud or crowded and it’s honestly great for late night shmooze or daytime flirting.

Coffee Culture Is All About Sharing in Ethiopia

As the driving force behind Ethiopia's economy as well as a pillar of its culture, coffee plays an integral role in Ethiopian identity. It's no surprise that immigrants to America from the East African nation turn to the drink - and the rituals that surround it - when in need of a taste of home.

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