Well I wish more could have been done to rescue the sacred statues of Afghanistan back in February when the Talaban were (was?) bent on destroying them. One of them, I believe, is/was the largest Buddha statue in the world. I guess we could have known what was coming next...Anyway, I know of an Afghan restaurant in the Baruch College area called Bamiyan (I think that's the name of the largest Buddha or the region it is in). It is on 26th Street and Third Avenue. They serve those unbelievable home-made noodles with yoghurt and herbs (sour sauce, tender pasta, a lot of garlic, but still a little bland...unbeatable textures however). Also something called an Herb Salad is huge, has a really good, though not completely home-made dressing (which totally works however!), and tons of watercress. Some of the seats are booths where you sit on the floor. The owner seems quite well educated and almost bohemian. Haven't been there since January. It was actually in Zagat 2000, but not 2001. Can a restaurant choose not to be in Zagat?