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“Cosy place, good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ariana Afghan Kabab Restaurant

Ariana Afghan Kabab Restaurant
787 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10019-5621 (Midtown)
(212) 262-2323
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Ranked #674 of 11,186 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghan
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Midtown
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Cosy place, good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We did not know exactly what to expect from an Afghan restaurant, but considering the geography we were not surprised to find the cuisine very similar to Indian or Pakistani food. The lamb tikka kebab was cooked just right, not too rare but still a little pink in the middle, tender and moist. The brown basmati rice flavored with carrot, raisin, whole cardamom pods, almonds and spices was a nice accompaniment. The salad served with the meal was nothing special, but the yogurt based dressing was very nice.

My wife had the spinach and lamb stew served with basmati rice, but without the additional flavorings. We weren't sure why they served two very similar rice dishes, but in the end we thought it was a great complement to the well seasoned and flavored sauce the lamb was stewed in.

Hell's Kitchen is full of great small eateries, and this was a good example. This restaurant is very small, like many other great little places in the city, and we continue to be amazed at the quality of the food and service in these little gems.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
“Friendly, good food, good value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Dropped in on the strength of Rough Guide mention and previous TripAdvisor reviews. Not disappointed - service low key but friendly and conversational, nice ambience and good food. Samusa and lamb in particular were excellent. Menu selection is small but effective with good range of meat and vegetarian dishes. Highly recommended.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Pleasant, cozy atmosphere, great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

My son and I ended up here after waiting too long at another place. We walked right in, service was great, atmosphere was nice and service was personal and outstanding. First time for Afghani food and we are both fans now!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Youngstown, Ohio
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“My new DESTINATION!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Just ate there last week and had one of the most memorable and enjoyable dining experiences ever. Fantastic food and service...can't recommend it enough...I would give it 10 Stars if I could!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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youngstown, ohio
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Awesome food and atmosphere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

If you have never eaten Afghan cuisine, Ariana is a wonderful introduction. The food is wonderful - think samosa (called samusa), delicate curries, tikka, etc . . . perhaps a cross between Middle Eastern and Indian.

As good as the food is the ambiance and staff.

Certainly worth a visit!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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