By Guest Blogger: Jason Fuges
I fell in love with Afghan food thanks to Humaira’s brother Waheed Ghilzai. He introduced me to authentic Afghan cooking when I lived in the Bay Area. When I moved to New York City I was nervous that I wouldn’t have a “go-to” place for Afghan food. I couldn't have lucked out more when I found Ariana Afghan Kebab House, a dynamite restaurant that is just a few blocks from my apartment in Hell’s Kitchen.
Everything that I've eaten at Ariana has gotten my stamp of approval, as well as praise from Waheed. I’ve enjoyed delicious dumplings (aushak) as well as Afghanistan’s famous pumpkin dish (borani kadoo) and rice with lamb and chicken (qabli palau). Since I don’t cook, whenever I throw a dinner party, I always insist on ordering from Ariana. I've done this multiple times and my guests are always deliriously happy.
On top of the food, Rafi, the owner is fantastic. He has always been helpful with ordering and just has a great, relaxed demeanor about him. It really adds to the atmosphere. Be aware that there is another Afghan restaurant nearby that doesn’t measure up to Ariana. I’ve only been there once, and perhaps it was an off night, but since then I always opt for Ariana when I need my Afghan fix. They have never disappointed!
Ariana Afghan Kebab House is located on 9th Avenue between 52nd and 53rd street. They also have a fantastic website: http://www.ariananyc.com/.
Rafi, the owner of Ariana Afghan Kebab House
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