News alert. I've finally found a successful formula for pleasing my in-laws(who hate eating out or coming to the city). I just take them to an ethnic restaurant(ethnic meaning anything that's not a traditional Yankee "cook until flavor dissipates" cusine. At said restaurant they allow me to do all of the ordering thus not worrying about the oddly named ingredients(is a shitake a mushroom or a cooking style?) or more importantly the prices!
This said we went to Bamiyan on 3rd Ave and 26th St. last night. Amazingly everything was very good. Admittedly my exposure to Afghani cuisine is limited to a few Kebab house type restaurants but the flavors seemed a bit more homey here than other places. Even though the Doogh had dried Mint as Beth had mentioned I found it to have a lively tang yet still be soothing to a stomach trying to recover from some really heavy pizza binging.
highlights included the Fesenjan. A type of sweet and sour chicken (the sweet being more complex than simple sugar pomegranate juice based) with ground walnuts.
The pasta dough was lighter than usual making the fillings in the Aushak stand out. The noodles in yogurt and meat sauce were not too limp either as I usually have a strong disdain for fresh pasta noodles without the proper bite. The pumpkin in the bouranee kadu and bulanee kadu was really fresh and nicely spiced with cinnamon and cardamom. I've never had Koobideh but it was like a less spicy but still flavorful adana kebab. The cornish game hen kebabs in the Shireen Palow were much more tender and juicy than standard issue chicken kabobs but the sweet rice pilaf that came with it was a bit of a letdown. There wasn't enough pistachio nor saffron flavor as was promised on the menu. Also as a pickle freak I really liked the Toorshi but could barely finish two of them after all of the rice I'd consumed. Bread was pretty good but not wasting the calories on with all of that precious meat lying before me covered in yogurt. The whole thing with coffee afterward was 100 bucks for 5 people. The value of my mother-in-law declaring it the best meal she'd ever eaten out...Priceless.