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“An old favorite, a great bargain in the Theater District”

Afghan Kebab House #1
Ranked #3,141 of 13,548 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghani
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Midtown
New York City, New York
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“An old favorite, a great bargain in the Theater District”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2011

We've been coming here for almost 20 years, maybe 15 times in all, and it's always the same; really tasty, exotic home-cooked food with a jar of wonderful, homemade red hot sauce and coriander chutney, and lots of fresh-baked Afghan flat bread, at a pretty low price, considering the location.
It's tiny, so there may be a wait. The service is really nice. They don't serve alcohol, but you can BYO.

  • Visited May 2011
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Amazing multi-meat stews and rices!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2010

3 of us split a Lamb Kebula Palow and 2 other multi-meat kebabs. Meat and spiced rice were amazing! The lamb and chicken were better than the beef that we got. We were all very satisfied. My husband spent 15 months in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne and had a hankering for this food. On his raves, we ordered some Bulanees (empanadas) and they were pretty lame. Very crispy-fried and with very little filling. Not what he described at all; poor value and not very tasty. Skip those and get more MEAT! Wish we had known it was a BYO. Now you know. Oh, and there are maybe 10 tables total, so go early or plan to wait.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 336 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2009

We had the pumpkin and Sambosa (ground beef, peas and spices) filled fried dumplings as appetizers. They were very tastey although I would like a little more flavor in the pumpkin ones. I had the Lamb Kebula Palow (chuncks of marinated lamb with carrots, pistachios and raisins on a bed of Bhatmi rice)--the mixture of spices and sweetness was wonderful! My husband liked his Lamb Tikka Kabor which looked like the same lamb plain. Both came with a typical salad and Afghan bread. The baklava was the best I have every tasted--not too sickening sweet, just right. You can bring your own beer or wine. Service was efficient, but not friendly. The decor could use refreshing, especially the wallpaper which is splitting at the seams. The Ariana Afghani Restaurant (on the other side of 9th Ave.) is a more welcoming place, but the food is about equal.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Excellent Home Cooking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2008

This small restaurant on 9th Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets (east side of the street) serves authentic Afghan cuisine: bulanees (Afghan crepes filled with spinach, onions, etc.), Mushawa (vegetarian soup) and distinctive kebab dishes. The main course is served with tasty rice, homemade bread and a side salad. Everything here is prepared fresh, so some dishes take time. Appetizers are $2.50 to $4, and main courses $9 to $16. No wine or beer but you can bring your own. This is a neighborhood restaurant in the heart of Hell's Kitchen, and it's excellent. If you like lamb, Afghan Kebab is a great choice. It's close enough to the theater district and if you go before a show, it is usually empty: New Yorkers don't eat out until after 8 PM. A good choice for lunch, too. They serve all day.

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“Ok, yet another place that I love in my neighborhood. The waiter knows to order the Half Spiced Chicken for me. Bring a...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2008

Ok, yet another place that I love in my neighborhood. The waiter knows to order the Half Spiced Chicken for me. Bring a tasty beer with you, or wine if you prefer. Cozy, fuzzy interior with Afghan rugs everywhere and the vibe is quiet and intimate. The tandoori oven is baking away in the back. The rice is unforgettably tasty. Ok, the salad could be improved with something better than iceberg, but you won't mind this time - the cucumber dressing makes up for it. The appetizers are all delicious, as are the side dishes. No coffee here, but you can have some delicious green tea to keep your after dinner conversation warm.

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