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Ariana Afghan Kabab Restaurant

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$$$
Neighborhood:
Midtown
Middle Eastern, Afghan
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787 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10019-5621
(212) 262-2323
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Dining on a budget

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  • 43
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
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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
Very good and small restaurant

Never having had Afghan food before I can't compare , but what I had was very good. The menu is extensive so plenty to choose from. Friendly and enthusiastic owner is very helpful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Gaucho83
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Orange County, CA
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Dining on a budget
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Orange County, CA
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Never having had Afghan food before I can't compare , but what I had was very good. The menu is extensive so plenty to choose from. Friendly and enthusiastic owner is very helpful.

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Watkins Glen, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

While visiting from rural western NY, we chose this restaurant based only on the fact that it was a cuisine type unavailable in our home town and it proved to be a brilliant choice. This is a remarkably cozy restaurant, with seating for probably only 40 people at the most, and the (we presumed) owner managed the handful of couples... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Honestly the best hour of my life. The food was great, the atmosphere welcoming, and the service... AMAZING! My friends and I had an absolutely wonderful time and will be CERTAIN to visit anytime we are back in the city. Do yourself a favour and give Ariana's a try! -Joshua (aka Dave)

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Cowes, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We had never had Afghan food and wanted to try it through curiosity! We were very well looked after by the genial proprieter who made great recommendations and we tried a wonderful array of dishes. All were great quality and we enjoyed the restaurant immensely. If you want something a little different definitely give it a try.

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Midlothian, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We were turned on to Afghani food by The Afghan Kabob Palace in Charlottesville, VA (my favorite restaurant, I wish they were on Tripadvisor), so we decided to try Ariana Afghan Kabab on our next trip to NYC. It turns out that the restaurants are related and we could not have been more pleased. The food was delicious, the décor... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

A group of 6 of us visited this restaurant on the advice of Corey from Food on Foot Tours. We went here before going to see a broadway play. Not know much about the place, we made a reservation for 6. We made it for 5pm to allow for lots of time to get to our 7pm show. We arrived... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This was recommended to us in the food of foot tour. Very cozy and intimate restaurant. Owner was friendly and personable - and the food was excellent. The Lamb Kebab I had was very nicely presented and complemented - and the taste was wonderful. Capped with his suggested beer and a Turkish coffee it was a wonderful meal.

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Manlius, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Had the sultan kabob. Highly recommend it. The yogurt drink is great too. Nan was mediocre. Service was quick.

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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
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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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 0 - 30
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Afghan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, 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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