Wife and I tried Ariana tonight after years of wanting to try the cuisine of Afghanistan and we were not disappointed. Ariana is the sister restaurant of Kabul just down the street, Kabul is low lit and nicer looking but Ariana has a more homey feel to it. They have a neat window seat with pillows and a low table which was unfortunately taken.
For apps we had Aashak, a onion and chick pea filled fried dumpling with great cilantro-vinegary sauce that gave a good kick. We also had Sabosa (similar to a Samosa), a ravioli type of dumpling with yogurt and meat sauce, both were excellent. For entrees, my wife had a tomato based/sauced chicken dish with pieces of tomato, onion and garlic while I had very tender pieces of lamb with brown basmati rice and raisins, almonds and pistachio nuts, both again were excellent. As a side dish, we had slices of pumpkin with yogurt and meat sauce, very tasty.
The place is family run and the people are very friendly. I would describe the food as somewhat similar to Indian food but much much lighter and more delicate, and much less spicy and over-filling. 2 apps, 2 entrees and 1 side dish came to $32, $40 with tip, can't beat that! It is also BYOB as well. Apps are generally $2.75 and entrees run from $8 to $14. There are lots of great sounding Kebab dishes. Talk about a great place for a future DDC dinner! We will definitely return and grab that cool window seat.
After dinner we wandered over to the Pink Rose Pastry Shop (first time there) and were again not disappointed by great desserts and La Colombe coffee. I told Judy I would give her $100 if she could finish every bite of her bigger than life Napoleon, needless to say I didn't have to pay up (by this time we were ready to be rolled home!). Finished with drinks and a cigar at M restaurant and lounge and headed home, not a bad evening for a couple of old folks!