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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.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/27/2004
This is the best Afghan restaurant in the city. The food is so fresh and tasty, and the main server there- Wally- always goes out of his way to provide great service. I have been going there regularly for 10 years.