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Posted by David on 01/09/2006
Met the standard suggested by other reviewers. I ordered lamb shish kabobs and a side of okra. Both items came promptly along with some hot and compact Afgan bread. The lamb was well-spiced and served with a simple salad of cucumber, lettuce, tomato and a bit of yogurt. On the other side of the lamb was a bed of lightly-saffroned rice and barely grilled chunks of onion, tomato and green pepper. Delicious. The okra was tender and in simple tomato sauce. I cook okra with more spices, but this was good, especially with a bit of the red or green sauce found on every table. Including tax, this came to just over $19. Ariana has 10 tables and is cozy and good place for a comtemplative supper. All the food was prepared with a minimum of oil and salt. Clearly, the chef cares about the food she or he cooks. I look forward to coming back.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/18/2005
Some colleagues and I dined her on a recent trip to NYC (after viewing this site). The food was fantastic -- both in value and quality. The four of us each ordered different entrees and all were exceptional. And our waiter just added to our experience -- he was funny, friendly, and tossed in a little philosophy. I'll bring my family to dine here next time I'm in the city. Highly recommended.
Posted by Gus on 08/15/2005
I recommend it to anyone that loves rice with saffron and kebab's. Don't forget to try their samosa's. They are absolutely fabulous with the yogurt and hot sauce.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/25/2005
I needed a place to go with visiting friends, and found Ariana on this website. We gave it a shot, and it was wonderful! The food was delicious, came quickly, and the servers were so friendly and happy. I will most certainly be returning to Ariana often, and will take visitors there in the future.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/13/2005
Great food, very friendly atmosphere, small and cozy.
Posted by NY Via VA and CA on 03/04/2005
My boss and I found this restaurant quite by accident - and on my trips to NYC, I make sure I have dinner there at least once a week! The service and friendliness of the staff are exceptional. I am a meat eater, but have been seduced by the vegetarian combo's - particularly the pumpkin, spinach and zucchini.
Posted by The Stomach on 02/28/2005
I went to Ariana with a friend in order to compare it with Afghan Kebab House #1, the other Afghan restaurant on the block. The meal at Ariana was pretty good, and I?d say it was on par with #1, although not any better. We started with the beef Samusa, which was comparatively better than #1. The patties (4 of them) were large, fresh and filled with a lot of meat. For a main dish I ordered the Sultani Kebab, which is essentially a combination of the Beef Tikka and Beef Kofta. The portion size was large, although I think it?s a little bigger at #1. Again, the meat was fresh and nicely spiced. The waiter, who was extremely friendly and well versed in English and Spanish, originally only brought out two pieces of bread at the beginning of the meal (one for each of us). I thought this was a little cheap, but later on we asked for more bread and he brought out four more pieces straight from the oven. I recommend asking for the white sauce to go along with anything ordered. At Ariana you have to ask for it (they give it to you at #1). They also have alcohol at Ariana, compared to BYOB at #1. The pinot noir was pretty good, although fairly tannic. For dessert I ordered the Firnee while my friend had the Beghalawa. The Beghalawa was definitely better and I?d recommend it. Overall, I don?t know where I will be going next time I want Afghani food as both restaurants provided good meals and good service.