In support of the Call to Eat I went to the Afghan Kebab House on 9th Ave. and 51st. The owner was extremely welcoming and warm. I was glad to see the place was fairly full, I guess others have responded to the call as well.
The food was not very exciting but honest and satisfying.
For apps we started with the pumpkin turnover which were really deep fried crispy breadsticks with pumpkin filling(4 with a nice herby yogurt sauce.) Not worth the calories for me as I was hoping for more of a fall in new england type pumpkin pie flavor and less of the savory type but that's my fault for assuming. Also the boiled dumplings filled with Herbs and scallions, not bad.
We also got one order of the spicy Chicken which looked and tasted like traditional Indian Tandoori chicken. The chicken stew was homey and comforting but nothing was really knock your socks off. My favorite part was the red and green dill vinegar flavored sauces that I poured all over the bounty of long-grain brown rice and iceberg salad.
Sounds like more interesting food is to be had up the block at Arirang but this is definately more of a great for the money/filling quotient place. Totally nice and well intentioned.