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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.
Posted by John Boddie on 12/20/2006
There are a number of things to like about Ariana - 1. The main dishes were perfectly prepared, absolutely delicious. My friend had the beef kabob and I had the spicy fish kebab (which isn't all that spicy - a fact that was provided when we ordered). 2. The appetizers were very good. I had the spinach samusas, and our waiter/part-owner recommended the green sauce with a bit of yoghurt to accompany them. It was a first-class suggestion. The taste was light with a hint of spice (it reminded me of cilantro). 3. Taj Mahal beer is served. It's excellent. 4. The service was attentive and good natured without being smothering. 5. The portions were perfect. I came away without feeling that I overate and without the feeling that I wanted more. Ariana is very small, 8 or 9 tables, but not cramped. The owner told us that Tuesday nights were normally a bit slow, but that it gets crowded on weekends. Seeing that it doesn't take many people to crowd it, I believe him.
Posted by hannahb on 11/27/2006
My friend and I stumbled on to this place by accident and found it a wonderful surprise. The lamb kofta is excellent, as is the aushak and the pumpkin curry. The eggplant curry was less successful, but still decent. Unlike others, I LIKE that portions aren't grossly oversized. I had as much as I needed and then some, and didn't feel pressure to eat more than I needed or wanted. Portions are perfectly ample, not so huge that 4 people could eat them. I suggest getting a few dishes and trying different ones. The pumpkin curry, especially, was a wonderful surprise, creamy and full of flavor, but still light.
Posted by an Afghan critic on 08/12/2006
This place hardly gives you any food for the price they charge you. The food is descent but it is way over priced for afghan food. There are other afghan and persian restaurants that give you much more food for what they charge you. The portions here are very small. For example an ashak appetizer they charge $7 and it only consist of three small pieces of dupplings. Overall, the place is okay...i wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/26/2006
Found the place inadvertently and tried it. Lamb kebab is excellent, but didn't like the lamb curry. Lunch special portions are small. The Afghan drink "dough" is for those who are daring and willing to acquire a taste for those who are unaccustomed to yogurt drinks. Just have the lamb kebabs and you can't go wrong. Friendly service.
Posted by open palate on 07/20/2006
I tried this restaurant with friends based on the mostly enthusiatic reviews on this site. The experience was very disappointing. We skipped starters and ordered a variety of main courses. The food arrived within minutes - all of it had been pre-cooked and reheated - none of the chicken or lamb was hot - just lukewarm and on the dry side. The plates contained loads of rice (tasty) and lots of salad - very little meat. In fact, an elderly couple at the next table asked the waiter, "Where's the beef?" I've had much better Afghan food in the city at a much better value. I doubt my friends or I will return.