Just wanted to post a brief message about a recent meal at The Helmand (430 Broadway). It's had a brief mention on this board but I really thought the place deserved a bit more of a plug.
Never having tried Afghan food before I don't have anything to compare it with but it was all totally delicious. Obviously there's tons of lamb and all of the dishes I tried (especially something called Deygee Kebab, steamed and sauteed lamb served with something that tastes like a tart Indian daal and the most fantastic baked pumpkin, doesn't sound that great but all mixed together it was great) were delicious.
Starters were really filling but definitely worth trying - one in particular, bowlawni, pastry shells filled with spiced potatoes and a leek mixture had us all fighting over the last bit.
Sadly, jet lag meant that our heads were dropping by the end and we didn't get to try the coffee which looked very exotic. Maybe on my next trip....