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Ariana Afghan Kabab Restaurant

787 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10019-5621 (Manhattan)
(212) 262-2323
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Ranked #935 of 11,642 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Afghan, Middle Eastern
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Good for: Romance, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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  • English first
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English first
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Delicious! If you're a pumpkin fan (and who isn't?) you must try the kadoo bolanee, you will not regret it! I ordered my go-to Afghani dish, lamb kabuli pulao, tender lamb and perfect rice. Owner Rafi was friendly and service was prompt. Highly recommended.

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West Chester, Ohio
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Great food, reasonable prices, friendly service. This is a tiny restaurant on 9th Ave. They offer various lamb and chicken kabobs as well as a half dozen vegetarian / vegetable dishes. Service was friendly.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My grandson ordered lamb kabobs, I had salmon kabobs and my wife had a pumpkin dish. We topped these with the traditional Firni dessert slathered with finely chopped pistachios. Those were a huge "Wow". My grandson is usually only so-so about food - this restaurant lunch rated his magic "awesome". We like to visit this midtown restaurant when we visit... More

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

It was my first time trying Afghan food. I can't comment on how authentic it is but everything I ordered tasted good. Except for the tandoori chicken. It was slightly dry and overcooked. I had Kaboli Polow and was amazing. It came with a side of salad. I also ordered Dough as a drink which is a yogurt based drink... More

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Wappingers Falls, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Recently tried Ariana for lunch with relatives visiting from overseas. Hadn’t tried Afghan cuisine before so it seemed like an adventure. The restaurant is small but pleasantly decorated and clean. The host was attentive, chatty and evidently took great pride in his Afghan culture and cuisine. I found prices reasonable and lunch specials offer a good value. The food isn’t... More

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Long Island
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My brother in law was in NYC on business so my wife and I met up with him. None of us had afghan food in a while, so we looked up what restaurants were nearby. We found Ariana and it looked pleasing. Our server was very friendly and conversational. The food was outstanding. Really good dishes. I especially liked the... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Loved the food and the service. Try the lamb kofta, and the beef tikka kebab. The best food I have tried in New York. A must do when in NYC!

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Coram, New York
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

small place but host was very hospitable - did not have anything to exciting just tandoori chicken - it was not very good too dry and bread was not hot a little hard - but maybe it was because it was at 10 at night and they closed at 10:30 but still not to happy with food

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Marietta, GA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We were in NYC last week for my wife's birthday and as is usual search Tripadvisor for something different and good. We settled on Ariana based on location, price and that it was a neighborhood not tourist restaurant. I called for a reservation for 5 and this very small place made sure everything was ready when we arrived. We enjoyed... More

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Liverpool, New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

The place may be small, but the service and the attention to the customers were excellent. The menu was as good as I have had in the sub content. The Bolanee apetizers, especially the pumpkin one, and the Baudinjan Buranee (fried egg plant) were excellent starters and set the stage for even better entrées. The Kabuli kebabs and the Afghani... More

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