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Ariana Afghan Kabab Restaurant

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787 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10019-5621
(212) 262-2323
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout

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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 0
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
randomly stumbled upon this place

randomly stumbled upon this place and I couldn't be happier! the waiter (yes, singular) was cheerful and happy to recommend dishes as well as chat for a few seconds as he was busy helping others. food was tasty and well presented and came quickly. it's a small space, but has a lot of character and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

randomly stumbled upon this place and I couldn't be happier! the waiter (yes, singular) was cheerful and happy to recommend dishes as well as chat for a few seconds as he was busy helping others. food was tasty and well presented and came quickly. it's a small space, but has a lot of character and has a very homely feel.

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Thank adev0
Davie, Florida, United States
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We go here every year when we visit New York. It's a littl hole in the wall but it has delicious food and great service. It's reasonable and the vegetarian dishes are great. Definitely recommend his restaurant.

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Thank Cindy K
Maplewood, NJ
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We’ve now been to Ariana twice in about two weeks’ time – both times with a young Afghani who loves food! Both times we loved it. Three of us ate at Ariana last night and we LOVED it. And having an Afghani with us to guide us on our menu choices made it even better. First, we had appetizers of... More 

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Thank mvpnj
Orlando, Florida
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25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The server had no idea what she was serving us. The food was cold and tastless as Afghan food can be great

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Thank SHAUN W
North Bergen, New Jersey
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134 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this place with my coworkers, staff was friendly but you dont wanna get 6 small chicken peices over salad nd rice for 17 bucks. Food quality was ok but meat portions was very less.

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Thank Younus K
Hanover, New Hampshire
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64 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

The food tasted ok but, honestly, I think I'd be happier eating bad Italian food. I'm glad I tried it but I won't return.

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Thank Bill M
Bristol, United Kingdom
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131 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

We discovered this restaurant while helping our son move into his new apartment. It's small but very authentic. Taj Mahal beer, great kebabs and attentive service. The only disappointment was the eggplant curry. 5* otherwise.

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Thank BigKevTravels
Walnut creek
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Wonderful little restaurant with delightful service and great lamb dish. I would highly recommend it for inexpensive yummy food.

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Thank ShlWalnutcreek
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82 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Have eaten many meals in this down-to-earth, excellent place that is easy to miss. The owner has been here for 3 decades. The food is fresh, cooked light, and served with everything you need in terms of accompaniments.

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Thank P B
Canberra
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125 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

9th avenue is awash with restaurants and it would be easy to walk past Ariana. Do yourself a favour and try the flavours and the service. Small and with quick service, it can appear to be the basic lamb and rice "stuff" but it's more. There's a secret sauce that is spicy but not overwhelming. There are also very good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 787 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10019-5621
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: (212) 262-2323

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Afghani

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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