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Posted by tried+true with all food on 07/31/2007
I never had noticed Ariana - it's a very small storefront - but I thoroughly enjoyed my visit! The decor was authentic and pleasant. The owner was very sociable. Our waitress was somewhat inefficient and did not understand much English, but the service was fine nonetheless. The food was great. My friend and I ordered the Spinach Samusa appetizer, which came with yogurt. I suggest also using the house-made green sauce present at the table to dip the dumplings. For the main course, we got the Kabuli Palow and the Aushe Burida. The former had a delicious blend of ingredients in the rice, and the latter was similarly flavorful - again, use the green sauce, it's excellent. For dessert, we picked the Firnee, which was a perfect end to a good meal: a perfect sweetness quotient. Also try the Dough drink, which has a curious consistency - very good. The other diners also appeared to be enjoying the experience. The portions were not large but filling, and the price was right. A GREAT FIND!
Posted by nikkis on 07/18/2007
I went there with a group of friend and we all absolutely loved this place! The manager/waiter was amazing and the food was fantastic. It also turned out to be very cheap. Totally recommended!!
Posted by Champ! on 07/13/2007
I work in the city so am very critical of the places I eat at. This place is definitely a WINNER! It's a small narrow sitting area, but is well decorated with traditional Afghan memorbelia. The food was excellent, I had the mixed kabob and my colleague had the Kabula Pulwi. The kabob were very tender and juicy. The Pulwi with rice that had raisons and carrots and cubes of lamb (Delicious). We had the Dough drink (yogurt drink), oh man, it was good. It's about 20 blocks from my building but I will definitely trek down there again and again!. I highly recommend this place.
Posted by FoodConnoisseur on 06/07/2007
Very delicious food especially the kofta kebab. I really was impressed by by the carpets hanging from the wall and the friendly waiter.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/29/2007
While walking down 9th Ave, casually searching for a place for lunch, our party came upon a small place serving Afghan food. This was an incredible find. We ate the dumpling appetizer, followed by various kebabs, and vegatable curries. The food was great. The service was great. Although the waiter/manager spoke broken English, he was thorough, did not rush us, and clearly took pride in his cuisine as he beamed shyly when we responded enthusiasticaly to the food. There's even reasonably priced wine that pairs well with the food. We would each eat here again. We heartily recommend this place to others. Congratulations and thank you (if you, the owner and staff read this).
Posted by Fauna on 03/11/2007
With a bunch of friends, picked this place randomly walking past, and so glad we did. True, the portions aren't excessive, and the prices are up there (but it's NYC), but it's definitely great if you don't want to be stuffed, and every bite is succulent and delicious. I ordered the Quorma Chalow, my friends got Shish Kebab dishes, and agreed the Quorma was the best one at the table. If you'd like to try some good food without expecting leftovers, I'd recommend this place. The owner is also very personable and sociable, loves chatting up and joking with customers.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/02/2007
I wasn't jumping when I saw the storefront or the decor, but it provides a sufficient dining atmostphere. The service was not lacking, but my friend and I got there early and the waiter chatted with us a little more than I would have liked. The food portions were not exceptionally large, but man was it delicious! I had the pumpkin curry, and it was absolutely yummy! The rice pilaf and yogurt dressing on the salad was also good. My friend had the eggplant curry which was also super delicious! DEFINITELY would eat here again. Other diners also seemed quite satisfied.