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Posted by Rassul on 10/15/2004
After going to Persepolis for 10 years and suffering their old dry khoresh and kabobs at high prices (they did always have fresh nun-e barbari though), I was thrilled to find Ravagh. Their ingredients are generally good, and except for a few really bad lapses in recent memory, their service is decent. Even though it's not on the menu, they will always give you tah-dig and khoresh if you ask for it, and they always have a few varieties on hand. The weird part is that, since none of their waitstaff are Persian, sometimes you have to ask for things by their English name (or mispronounce the item according to the misspelling on the menu) in order to get what you want. Requests for jujeh kabab repeatedly come back as "oh, you mean jEE-jeh kabab." Uh, no. Generally, everything on the menu is good, except the tabouleh, which is terrible and tastes like "RealLemon" straight from the bottle. Persians can smell fresh lemon juice from miles away, and this, my friend, isn't fresh lemon juice. All praise aside, no kidding, this restaurant wouldn't survive for five minutes in Los Angeles or Washington D.C., where it would die by the sword of Shamshiri, Shekarchi, Shahrezad, and the original Persepolis, among others. Because manhattan is bizarrely devoid of good persian food though (I went to Colbeh once a few years ago and afterwards had my stomach pumped for good measure), this place is a godsend and I eat there or order delivery from them often. Speaking of delivery, I've had them go from midtown manhattan to the meatpacking district, which is a nice touch that you won't find in L.A.
Posted by chis on 09/17/2004
I must admit the entrance is a bit sneaky, but was once ur inside, its subtle warm atmosphere takes you by surprise. The staff are difficult to communicate with but the manager seems to be in control and has a wonderful sense of humour. With regards to the food, it is simply exceptional..providing new yorkers with authentic persian food- well worth revisiting!!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/17/2004
There are many other Persian restaurants in the US much better than this. Don't confuse our American friends over what is good and what is not!
Posted by Khargoosh on 08/12/2004
Without question. I've eaten at nearly every persian restaurant in every major city in the country and elsewhere... DC, NY, LA, SF, Chicago, Montreal... and Ravagh ranks among the top, if not THE top. The best prepared rice I've had at a restaurant, and quality meat. the Barg is perfect. And the waiter staff is amusing and sarcastic as hell. Enjoy...
Posted by Anna on 08/11/2004
I should thank my two persian friends for taking me to this restaurant. It was EXCELLENT. I had to take the rest of my food in a doggy bag... that's how good it was... :) I highly recommend it !
Posted by Afshin on 07/13/2004
The food is OK, The chicken is usually burnt Some of the waitors have attitude and I agree you never see twice the same waitors and they don t know the menu!
Posted by International Couple on 06/16/2004
They have the best authentic persian food. All my persian and non-persian friends love the food.