There has been interest in Afghan food lately, so hhere goes:
Had lunch at Ali Baba (on the horace harding xway in Fresh Meadows) today. It was alright, but nothing special. It wasn't bad or anything. I have had better kabobs, dumplings and rice at Afghan places. They didn't even have mantoo. Aushak was only as an entree. They didn't even give mint yogurt sauce with the sambuseh, although they gave it to em when I asked for it, and it was eh. Pita bread from a bag, ick. They didn't have real hotsauce either. No, I didn't try the Philly Cheesesteak there. :)
I have eaten at Bahar in Elmhurst. I loved their bread and sumplings (mantoo, aushak, sambose etc...) Their kabobs and rice weren't very good, and were better at Ali Baba. Their veggie dishes were decent.I might go back and just avoid the kaboibs and rice. Their dumplings andf bread were that good. :)
Now to compare with those outside Queens.
I ate at Kabul Grill in Hicksville (LI, near Ikea) last week. It was good, but not great. Their hotsauce was really good, and the staff were very nice. Better bread and dumplinsa at Bahar, but as a whole this place is more well rounded (and therefore better.)
I still like Khyber Pass in the village, which is the best and most well rounded choice of the 4 places I ahve just mentioned. That is my choice so far. Great kabobs, dumplings, rice, and bread.
I still have to try more of the Queens Afghan places. Any recommendations for the better ones?