Bati is a small town located in the heart of Wollo Governorate of North East Ethiopia. It is the center of the market held each Monday of the week, where both Muslim and Christian people of different ethnic backgrounds from the surrounding regions of Afar, Tigre, and Northeastern Shoa gather to trade and exchange merchandise. Bati is known as a gathering place where many people of different creeds come to interact. It is a famous city, often admired in folklore and song for the beauty of its inhabitants. It is said such romanticized beauties would attract courtiers from far distances for no other reason than to mingle in the market in search of a potential partner. There is a famous Ethiopian song dedicated to this legend of Bati called “Ere Bat Bati”.
Bati is a traditional Ethiopian restaurant, located in the heart of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, dedicated to serving authentic delicacies that possess homemade quality flavors. The menu offers organic beef, poultry and a wide variety of delectable vegetable dishes, which also meet the western standards of vegan food preparation. Bati offers the option of individual or the traditional communal serving to its valued clientele. Bati also plans to add to the experience by serving more than good food. Features such as wine pairings, introduce talented Ethiopian artists and a monthly newsletter on the future Bati website will be implemented.
An Addis Abeba Native, now a New Yorker, Hibist Legesse moved to the US in her teenage years. The lack of restaurants that served authentic Ethiopian foods in those days gave her the inspiration to one day open an Ethiopian restaurant. Many years later that inspiration resulted in the birth of Bati. Hibist takes pride in successfully finding ways to give Ethiopian dishes a simpler and healthier flair. She aspires to change the misconception of Ethiopian food being a ceremonial food. Hibist has implemented small yet vital details into the cuisine to create a day-to-day meal to the western audience of Bati. Undoubtedly, Fort Greene can expect more than traditional Ethiopian food from this Addis girl.