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Aria Afghan - Persian Kingston NY


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Aria Afghan - Persian Kingston NY

spector49 | | Nov 11, 2008 04:50 PM

Aria has only been open for 30 days, located on Broadway in Kingston directly across from the entrance to the UPAC theater. I have been there twice in the last 10 days with two different groups of friends and the food has been excellent. The sign outside says Afghan - Persian Kebab house and there are many different type of grilled items on the menu. So far we have had the chicken kofta, lamb kebab, steak and beef Kofta, you have your choice of different types of birani rice to go with these. The owner Zahil suggested the orange pilau and it was so good I had to have it again. Aside from the orange, there is saffron, currents, sliced almonds and even some capers, very very good.
I also ordered an entree called Ashak which is meat dumplings, sort of like Afghan ravioli, very thin wrappers, and a sauce made from yellow lentils, yogurt, meat, tomato and spices.
There is no liquor license so its BYOB and they supplied very nice wine glasses for the bottle we brought.
Could not resist trying their rose water flavored rice pudding (Firney) for dessert and I thought it was one of the better versions of that I have had in years.
In speaking to Zahil I learned that his family is Afghan, Aria is the original name of Afganistan, and that the chef who has 40 years of experience is Persian ( Iranian). They will be adding specials to the menu and I was urging them to make some Persian dishes which are fantastic and I have not found anywhere in the NY area. I have only had Persian food in Frankfurt and Los Angeles and it is a wonderful and sophisticated cuisine.
Very friendly excellent service in a nice comfortable room with high ceilings and the prices are quite reasonable. both times we got out of there for $20 per person before the tip.

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