Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Experience the exoticism without the faux pas with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Afghani fusion fare at Ariana Restaurant in Huntington.
Husband-and-wife team Ali and Nazifa acquaint American palates with Afghani flavors through accessible fusion fare—with many vegan options—that has caught the printed eye of the New York Times. Diners ease into cushion-covered banquettes and begin perusing the dinner menu in search of authentic selections such as a slow-roasted lamb shank with basmati rice and seasonal vegetables ($24.95). A roasted acorn squash houses a vegan assembly of delicate sautéed vegetables, rice, and curry sauce ($22.95). The chef also gives a nod to Italian flavors with a lobster, shrimp, and mussel risotto ($26.95) and a multicultural plate of homemade roasted pumpkin ravioli, cloaked in afghani meat sauce and yogurt-mint dressing ($19.95). Guests can complement entrees with a glass of wine ($7+ by the glass), which helps to underline unusual flavors like an English teacher diagramming rap lyrics.
Husband-and-wife team Ali and Nazifa acquaint American palates with Afghan flavors through accessible fusion fare—with many vegan options—that has caught the printed eye of the New York Times. Cushion-covered benches grant comfort, and glasses of wine complement entrees. The eatery’s framed art hangs on exposed-brick walls instead of over an art museum’s embarrassingly outdated Chuck Norris poster.
255 Main St.
Huntington, New York 11743Get Directions