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Posted by Mike Q. on 11/28/2010
Posting this to save an innocent party from the lackluster food and service my friend and I received today. I decided to take a chance on this restaurant after it appeared first on a google search for 'afghan restaurant nyc'. The restaurant was empty, but I like tried not to judge a book by its cover. I ordered potato curry for $13. My meal ended up being absolutely bland. When I questioned the waiter about what spices were in the curry sauce, the waiter responded that there was no spices in this dish made out of only tomato and onion. I questioned him further about why there was no curry in the curry. The waiter responded that Afghanis do not use curry and that the dish was healthier this way. He also pointed to a jar of condiments and told me to get my spice from it. Bland curry plus iceberg lettuce salad for $13 is a ripoff.
Posted by LJScarlet on 06/09/2010
My roommate and I come to this restaurant a few times a month and always bring friends and out of town guests. The Afghani food is tasty, but nothing gourmet or fancy. The palow or pumpkin are best bets. The sauces and happy tea are fantastic though. We go through half a bottle of white sauce at every meal. What really makes this place special is the owner. He is just a delight. Always funny and entertaining and treats us like family. Please only go to this restaurant if you are unhurried, laid back, and prepared to go along with the atmosphere. Otherwise, you are totally missing the experience.
Posted by anonymous on 12/06/2009
I ordered take out and it was not worth it. We ordered chicken kebab which served us with three morsels of chicken. The entree curries were the size of sides. They skimped on the main courses but not on the rice. I should have asked for more chicken with my rice when ordering a chicken kebab. Not recommended.
Posted by Andy on 08/26/2009
I never ordered from Ariana before and I won't do it again. The food came quickly enough but in the end it didn't make up for anything. The salad, shredded lettuce with a little tomato was useless and the appetizer was inedible, but there was something familiar about the taste. It wasn't until I had sampled the entree that I realized the strange taste in the food was lighter fluid it was very raw and harsh. Not like it was spilled onto the food, I'd be sick by now, more like when you barbecued in the back yard for yourself the first time and didn't know you didn't need to use so much or that you needed to wait for it all to burn away or the food would reek of it. I still smell it and the food is outside in the trash. This could be a one time incident but I wouldn't waste any more money to find out.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2009
I've been here a handful of times with my husband and family and cannot stop ordering the pumpkin curry. It is just so delicious! The waiter could use some help though....he's the only one! And the restaurant is a bit outdated but the food makes up for all of it.
Posted by Toyin on 08/04/2009
I'm trying food from different countries in New York since this state is so diverse. The food was great, very tasty and the service was excellent. The best part was it's not too pricey. I'll definitely go there again and try something different.
Posted by anonymous on 05/23/2009
My friend and I stumbled onto this restaurant while walking along 9th and the food was great! While my meal was a bit dry, there are sauces on the table that you can add to it. The stewed lamb was cooked perfectly and the appetizers were very good. It's a small spot and I wouldn't recommend it for a "nice" dinner, but just for a night out it's a good option, especially if you don't eat pork! I will definitely be going back and recommending it to other people. In fact, I'm ordering from there for delivery tonight!