Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant
358 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016
Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Take Out, Middle Eastern
Price Range : Average
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08/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Bamiyan is a gem! I have lived in the area for over five years and eat there once a week on average. The food is creative, tasty and high quality. The meat is some of the freshest, healthiest, highest quality in NYC, partly because it comes from local farms. The owners are very nice and the wait staff quiet but attentive and friendly. They have prompt seating, very reasonable prices, quick service and a great atmosphere. It has a lot of nice touches, wonderful decorations and unique floor seating at tables that have wonderful, ethnic table clothes, cushions and pillows. Bamiyan is one of the only places I go to on a regular basis (I usually like to try new places when I eat out) and I highly recommend it.
10/23/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We went to celebrate a friend's birthday- the decor was lovely and we sat at the low tables on the floor by the windows which was nice (though definitely not for the very tall!) The pumpkin and potato filled pastry appetizers with yogurt sauce were fresh and absolutely delicious, the main dishes were somewhat mediocre and the portions were a little lacking. The afghan tea is delicious (if you like chai, you should definitely try some, one teapot is plenty for 4-5 people).
08/07/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I was pleasantly surprised when I happened by Bamiyan last week. The service was prompt and professional. The atmosphere was ethnic with a lovely Middle Eastern flare...including relaxing Afghani background music. But of course the most important part of this review is the food. The food was absolutely addicting! I started off with a scrumtious salad with fresh cucumber. The bread dipped in the mint yogert was phenomenal. But the show-stopper was the dumplings - we had the fried pumpkin flavored ones and the steamed scallion dumplings with a yogert sauce. The flavors were unique, fresh...and just melted in my mouth! I'm looking forward to eating here again!
06/06/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The atmosphere was attractive and inviting. The service was fine. Unfortunately, the food was totally unappetising. We ordered two dishes that sounded great on the menu. The result from the kitchen was rather tasteless slop. One dish, which was supposed to be lamb cubes had hardly a recognizable piece of meat in it. The waitress was very apollogetic and quickly returned with a few scoops of some other lamb dish ladled in the middle of our original meal. Our guess was that there were a bunch of vats of stews sitting around in the kitchen, cooking and cooking until all flavor and form was gone. Run fast from this one!
05/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
""crokke"" probably had bad service because he called the Asian woman ""oriental"" and probably called his waitress something worse like the ""N"" word even though the waitress was more than likely Middle Eastern. I went there tonight with 3 friends and we all enjoyed it very much. we started with the dill grape leaf wrapped beef and butternut squash. the bread is also yummy to dip into the appetizer sauces. one of us had the grilled chicken, 2 of us had the dill yogurt chicken and the 4th had a chicken stew (all over basmati rice). our waitress recommended a nice Cote du Rhone which was only $22 and surprisingly very tasty. will definitely be coming back to this place! total bill came to $30 per person including tip.
04/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We went for dinner on a monday, was a quiete evening, but the waitress wasn't friendly or helpful at all. We asked to move by the window and we were told to wait until the table was cleared, wich never was. We also think she refused to bring us the food as she handed it over the oriental waitress just in front of us. The beef was good but the lamb was chewy. The portions are too small and food and drinks overpriced. The choice of desserts is very poor. Although we left a good tip for that service, none thanked us when leaving the restaurant.
We are certaily not going back to this restaurant.
01/22/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Went for a birthday celebration and it just as good as previous reviews wrote. We had 10 people and they accomidated us very easily along with explaining what they recommended. The appetizers were very good, I think we ordred almost all of them on the menu considering our size, I especially liked the Sambusa and Babaganoush. The filet mignon kabob was very good and flavorful but I defintely needed to order the yogurt sauce to compliment it as it was alittle dry. My g/f ordered the fish curry which she said was flavorful as well and she enjoyed it. The baklava was ok alittle too sweet and the elephants ear was enjoyable but tasted like those chinese egg noodles they give you when you order a coup. The bad things were that they only had three waitresses woring and it took forever to get the check as well as food. Also, the yogurt drink wasnt to my expectations, definitely too sour. Overall if you have a hankering for really traditional Afghan food you should try this place out. I did want to try sitting on the floor it looked very comfortable but as I said we had 10 people so it wasnt a choice.
08/03/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Bamiyan had a nice friendly atmosphere. If you are tall, be sure to sit at a table with chairs -- else you are in trouble. The pumpkin app is very good. The service is friendly. They put beans in almost everything -- even in dishes which they do not have beans.