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Bamiyan

358 Third Ave., New York, NY 10016 40.74078 -73.981746
at 26th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-481-3232 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Afghani
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

bamiyan.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 4:30pm-11pm; Sat, 11am-1am; Sun, 11am-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 28th St.

Prices

$15-$34

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Live Music
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Catering

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Delivery Area

8th St. to 60th St., FDR Dr. to Fifth Ave.

Profile

Named for the city in which two ancient, massive limestone statues of the Buddha were infamously destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, Bamiyan represents a welcome respite from the Chinese and Indian restaurants that populate this neighborhood, sandwiched between Curry Hill and Murray Hill. The typical Afghani charcoal-grilled kebobs are adequately and competently represented, with plenty to choose from, like saffron chicken and several variations and textures of beef. But even more dramatic surprises await those who are willing to experiment: Aushak, dumplings stuffed with scallions, and Mantoo, meat dumplings topped with yogurt and red kidney beans are worth a try for novelty's sake, but skip the Asheh Keshida, thick, chewy, homemade pasta, made unnecessarily rich with yogurt and an excess of butter. Fesenjan, boneless chicken with pomegranate and walnuts, is tasty, though a tad overwhelmed by a thick, sweet tangy sauce. Sweet and savory spices combine to produce the delicate flavors of Bouranee Kadu, sautéed and baked squash drizzled with garlic-mint yogurt, and Shireen Palow, saffron rice with orange peel, almonds, and pistachios. The mood inside is low-key: couples and families get cozy against embroidered Afghani throw pillows by the wrap-around windows.

Recommended Dishes

Bouranee kadu, $8; shireen palow, $7

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