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Posted by Anthony S. Picco on 01/23/2015
I have been here a couple of dozen times over the years and I always enjoy the food, the reasonable prices and the endless charm of Rafi, the host/waiter/owner. He remembers his returning customers very quickly, and it is like arriving at an old friend's place after a while. The food is unique, delicious and very reasonably priced.
Posted by Aziza on 07/17/2014
The food at Ariana is so delicious and will not disappoint! I always get the chicken kebab platter, it is cooked to perfection with an Afghani twist. If you're in the area, you should def stop by, even if youre not, it is worth the trip!
Posted by natalia on 05/01/2014
one of the best Russian cuisine restaurant that i have ever been too . the food was terrific the staff where nice and friendly . if your looking for a family home cooked meal this is your russian stop.
Posted by Lee Brewer on 06/24/2013
Anyone not liking this restaurant is missing basic food objectives. I rate food quality and presentation, ambience, service and price. Ariana hits the mark of excellence on all of those points. Their presentation was unique. My wife and I travel around the world - enjoying a month in South Western India and another in Thailand. Happily this Afghan food taste was unique in flavor and presentation. The dishes we selected were sophisticated in flavor, and cleverly seasoned. My homemade noodles were deliciously smothered with beef and veggies. Our dessert custard was rich, outstanding, and generous. Yet it was so good that we agreed that we wanted a second portion. The perfect Turkish coffee and the happy tea rounded out an exquisite meal with gallant service, and pleasant surroundings. This is clearly a 9th Avenue gemstone operated under caring management. I recommend this for anyone who wants to expand their interests in good food.
Posted by Jojo on 10/07/2012
Last summer I ate here with some friends. The food is great, for the most part. Sometimes they forget the curry. But not the poor phone service again! I guess I'd recommend it.
Posted by Anthony P on 08/23/2012
I have eaten here half a dozen times and love it. The food is delicious. The portions are reasonable (ie not "stuff-yourself-until-you-vomit American size portions) and the service and atmosphere are funky and charming. It is a small place in a long narrow building, and there is one waiter and greeter who handles all 9 tables. I believe he is the owner. When it isn't busy he is engaging and fun. Sometimes he will stand and chat for a few minutes.When it gets busy he does dash about and can be a little brusque, but he is trying to serve a lot of meals and customers, and I have never found him to be rude. This is just the way it is. And the prices are pretty reasonable. Last night 4 of us ate, with a shared appetizer and a shared dessert (no drinks) for $80 + tip. That's pretty good for unusual and delicious cuisine. The place is enjoyable and a little quirky, but well worth it.
Posted by rainie on 12/27/2011
The guys who serves here are very warm and the service is good, despite what the other reviews might had said. The kadu boulanee and pumpkin curry are delish as is the meat combination. The green sauce on the table mkes everything taste great. One of my favorite "ethnic restaurants" in the city