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“Best aushak dumplings I've ever eaten!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Balkh Shish Kabab House Inc

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Balkh Shish Kabab House Inc
2310 31st St, Ste C, Astoria, NY 11105-2872
718-721-5020
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Ranked #78 of 479 Restaurants in Astoria
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Afghan
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San Francisco, California
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Best aushak dumplings I've ever eaten!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

I visited this place for a snack: ordered the aushak, which I've had at probably 4 or 5 other Afghan places on the west and east coasts. This was by far the best: tender thin-dough dumplings, plump with scallions, with delicious yogurt and tomato sauces. Large portion well worth $6. I also ordered a $2 yogurt drink with cucumber -excellent, large portion - and the green tea, which came in a huge pot, and was steeped with cardamom. Humble interior with some Afghan decorations. I'll be back to try the kebab, and will definitely order the aushak again.

Visited December 2012
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Concord, North Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Ehhhhhh nothing worth going to”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012 via mobile

Ate there for lunch. The place was empty and they acted like they would rather not have me there either. Food was good, but nothing special. When you factor in the price (about $11) of a normal lunch entree, I am a little disappointed. All in all, if you are close by, stop in. If not, don't make the drive.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great food, Authentic atmosphere, Good service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2009

Lamb is slow baked for hours and falls off the bone. Raita is spot on. I found it out of curiosity to see what was at the end of the N/W train. Just before the last stop was Balkh Shish Kabab. I tried it and have taken most out of town visitors since.

It is esp right when you are seeking low key authenticity outside of the city. Great date place because it is in a relaxed Astoria neighborhood.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“very tasty and very cheap Afghan food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2008

very tasty and very cheap Afghan food.

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