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Choopan Kabab House

43-27 Main St., Queens, NY 11355 40.75186 -73.826318
at Dahlia Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-539-3180 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Afghani
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Hours

Daily, 11:30am-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

7 at Flushing-Main St.

Prices

$8.50-$12

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

A few blocks from the Queens Botanical Gardens, this normally hectic—and Taiwanese—stretch of Main Street takes an abrupt turn towards Southeast and Central Asia. Neon-lit dim sum palaces are replaced by sari boutiques and halal butcher shops, and every other storefront seems to be a kebab restaurant. With its mirrored walls, framed tapestries and tablecloths, Choopan is a little more polished than your average kebab joint, but it’s the Afghani dishes that draw local families here. Thick, dill-seasoned yogurt is featured prominently: in the creamy dressing over an iceberg-lettuce salad; in a cool, salty drink laced with cucumber; in a drizzle over a plate of sautéed eggplant. A squirt of the topping definitely helps the various lamb and chicken kebabs, which are flavorful but can be a bit on the dry side. The dish of ashak—delicate, almost translucent dumplings stuffed with minced leeks in a rich meat-and-lentil sauce—is a unique treat, as is the refreshing firnee, a milk pudding dessert with cardomom and chopped pistachios.

Recommended Dishes

Ashak, $5; kofta kebab, $9; choopan kebab, $12; firnee, $2.50

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