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Ariana Afghan Kabab Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Halal
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787 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10019-5621
+1 212-262-2323
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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San Jose, California
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A homey, laid back restaurant with delicious food. We shared the Mantu appetizer - delicious. You must order this. The black tea with cardamom was warm and inviting. I had a chicken shish kebab dish with delicious long grained rice decorated with carrots and raisins. My only complaint was that the chicken could have been more tender. We were served... More 

Thank Jean K
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

This place was recommended and I'm really glad we went. The restaurants decor reflects origins of the owner and is really interesting. The owner served at the tables and he was very friendly. We shared a starter of aubergine and yogurt, then had lamb with spinach and lamb kebabs, both served with salad and rice. The food was really tasty... More 

Thank bean10
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

On last year's trip to India I tried Afghani food and loved it. There are no Afghani restaurants at home, so I was looking forward to this NYC visit and Ariana did not disappoint! The food was excellent. The service was excellent. We even bought some hot sauce to bring home with us. I'd like to visit again (or convince... More 

Thank quincytphillips
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely meal on the recommendation of the waiter. We had the complete meal for two. Beautiful flavours and plenty of food. Enjoyed the happy tea afterwards!

Thank Wendyg1964
Wilmington, Delaware
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

We visited with our daughter and goddaughter who are tweens. We all enjoyed the food but also the atmosphere snd the service. On the walls are displayed some pretty interesting and unique folk art pieces. The food was excellent!

Thank Eirini D
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

We enjoyed halal kebab and tikka dinner. the staff is friendly. ample space for groups of 4. didn't have to wait long.

Thank Abdul R
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

We ordered 2 dishes , a combination with Kabab of chicken , beef & lamb , as well as the Kabuli Palow ( very tender chunks of lamb with basmati rice , thin strips of carrot , raisins , almonds and pistachios ). We really enjoyed the Palow and recommend it highly . For dessert , we had the Firnee... More 

Thank Carol Q
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Great food & lovely service, would definitely recommend! We had the mixed kebabs, eggplant starter, fish kebab & rice pudding for dessert - authentic Afgani cuisine!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Great food in a homey and quiet place, in the middle of Manhattan. A unique and tasty experience not too expensive. A great place to spend an evening. The cold tea with cardamon is specifically recommended

Thank Iris M
clermont fl
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Never had afghani food but EVERY bite of EVERY dish was fantastic. Owner is very personable-a but pushy but warms up real fast and adds to the overall experience as he speaks of life, Afghanistan, and the foods of his country. Great atmosphere, wow food, awesome owner, memorable and satisfying experience. My 11 year old loved it too and her... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Halal
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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: +1 212-262-2323

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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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