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Posted by Steven Braddock on 12/12/2008
I have tried the other Persian restaurants in the city and Pars is by far the most authentic. I came here two years ago and thought it was good. Now that I have returned to New York, I find that Pars has a new chef and the food is even better. The only downside is the service but coming from a small town, that can be said for every restaurant in New York.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/24/2008
Pars got a new chef in the past year and the results show. It is by far the best Persian in New York City, and the prices are terrific for the value. The only downside is the service. Try their homemade saffron ice cream, it is fantastic.
Posted by looooved it on 10/07/2008
Loved this place. The decor seems to be very traditional, which really makes one feel like they're guests in a truly ethnic place to get the full experience. The bread is DELICIOUS!!! We had the mashed eggplant, the mint yogurt with cucumber, the cucumber/tomato/onion salad, and the mixed veggie salad for apetizers, and they were DELISH!!! For main course we got the sultan beef platter with the skewered beef (two kinds) and the chicken platter, which both came with safron rice, and the crisp rice part, which is sooo scrumptious. It took me BACK to my childhood, such a very pleasant surprise. loved the ambiance, with the traditional music, and especially the canary singing, and watching peeps outside smoking the hooka lovely experience... i will DEFINITELY go back. it's so good for me as a customer that this place is not yet discovered... LOVED it!!!
Posted by Colleen on 08/06/2008
The food here is very delish and reasonably priced. Koobideh is to die for and I'm not a lamb person. Grape leaves knock the cover off the ball. Service is nice but not as good as they should be. Overall very solid place and their food has turned me into a frequent PARS diner.
Posted by Hooman on 04/21/2008
Out of the 3 Persian restaurants in the city that I have tried, Pars is the closest to Tehran's flavor. Portions are fair but not as large as other Persian restaurants. The quality of food outweighs the area competition...I'll go back.
Posted by Neighbor on 12/05/2007
I don't think I would've tried this place if I didn't live nearby. It doesn't look especially promising from the outside; but the food is really, really good (and it's kind of cozy once you're inside.) Both eggplant appetizers are fantastic, with layers of flavors and unique Persian spices. They go so well with the flatbread baked fresh for each table. The meats are consistently juicy and tasty, but the rice side dishes are more special. We love the sour cherry rice (mostly sweet). The portions are large, and a good value, so if you eat the irresistible bread too, you won't have room for dessert. Which is a shame, because they're pretty darn good too (though painfully sweet). If you don't like eating with a belly-dancer scooting around your table, you might want to avoid Saturday nights. Oh, and one strange dichotomy about the restaurant: the bar takes up a large part of the restaurant (a holdover from the previous place, I think) but as the cuisine is from a traditionally Muslim culture, alcohol is not a strong feature of this place. The wine list is minimal, and they have substituted one Shiraz for another without consulting us...
Posted by Anonymous on 07/16/2007
This is a great lunch spot. Very yummy stews and the chicken and rice is fabulous, too. The bread is superb!