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Afghan Kebab House

4.6
62 reviews
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$30 and under
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Afghan
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Casual
Welcome to Afghan Kebab House!

Afghan Kebab House has consistently provided delicious and traditional Afghan food for over 20 years in the Upper East Side. Given that we are a neighborhood mainstay, our guests will always feel welcome and our staff will accommodate any of your dining needs.

Our chef, Izmar Rouzyi has been cooking mouth watering kebabs and other traditional Afghan dishes throughout the years, since the restaurant first opened. Please join us for an unforgettable meal. We will make sure you leave full, happy and satisfied!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Afghan
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Hours of operation


Lunch:
Monday - Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Dinner:
Monday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Sunday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Phone number
(212) 517-2776
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Izmir Rouzyi
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Catering
We can provide catering for parties up to 50 people. Call us for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
71st
Additional
BYO Liquor, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 62 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.4
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Was our first time and we really enjoyed our dinner. Definitely going back

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

This is authentic and delicious Afghan food in a comfortable and well decorated setting. Service is attentive but unobtrusive. It is a BYOB and reasonably priced. Great neighborhood restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Birthday dinner. Very enjoyable.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food was good and owner was very accommodating. My first time and would go back.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Tasty food with ethnic authenticity. Good service. BYOB

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Home cooking, Afghan style. My friend and I each had the kebabs, which were very interestingly spiced, but a look around revealed many dishes of more interest perhaps, which I'll try next time. A lot of 'native' customers, so I suppose that speaks to the authenticity of the cuisine. Service is by the man I took to be the proprietor, and it's efficient but not elegant. Bring your own bottle if you want wine or beer. I plan to go again.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Warm inviting restaurant. Service friendly & attentive. Food tasty and well prepared.
Reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food. So well spiced. The owner is gracious and friendly. Great service. BYOB is welcomed and glasses are brought out and wine opened.
One of our favorite spots!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We love afghan kebab house II. Best byob in NYC!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Wonderful food, proprietor is very friendly, very reasonably priced. A delightful place to have dinner.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Met the owner who made us a dish not on his menu. I had this dish before at Steve Jobs biological father’s restaurant in Sunny Vale CA call kaddo bourani which is a savory pumpkin on ground beef topped with yogurt sauce. He’d never made it before and made it with out the added sugar in the typical calling as he used pumpkin for regular kaddo. Not bad and not what I’d had before. But a nice jester anyway. He’d didn’t charge us for the one-off dish, but I did gobble it up.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

I visited this establishment for the second time. The first look of this place is a dim and dated restaurant on the east side which looks fairly Mediterranean. the décor is a reminiscence of a bygone era in a different world which is a start contrast to New York. The host is this fine gentleman who is very polite and kind which leaves us guessing if this place has passed its prime or they don't really care for any updates and are more concerned with the real thing ( food).

I ordered the sambosa along with the chicken korma and also the marinated lamb chops (yes I have an appetite!!). The sambosa was amazing with just the right balance. While the taste was bang on the buck and comparable to my experiences elsewhere, the fact that it wasn't oily and juicy left me positively surprised. The lamb chops were a bit dry for my liking and a mildly spicy onion gravy on the side with the dish will be great addition. But what got me back to this establishment was the chicken korma. This is not a fancy dine in experience, but the chicken korma reminded me of the real thing I used to have back at home made by my grandmother. Its comfort food and hits the spot. Lack of drink options (non alcoholic ones as well like the jalaab) leave room for some improvement but the place does justice to what it serves.

This is a place to sit with a friend and have a comfort food or dine with a nice book.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

An absolute gem! Tasty, affordable food in a very cozy atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Yum, yum, yum. Food is delicious especially the lamb with pistachios and orange peel, and the beef or lamb kefka. They don't serve alcohol but will allow you to bring wine at no charge which for me is a plus. Service is attentive without being obtrusive and the ambiance is more than adequate. What a gem of the upper east side.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2017

Great food. Quiet and quaint so conversations can be had. BYO with no corkage fee.

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3.0Dined on June 26, 2017

I would not dine here again. The kitchen workers used bare hands and were sweating. Their clothes were soiled and I could see the flesh of their stomach. Then the food was not as good as I would have hoped. The chicken seemed microwaved instead of prepared fresh.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Great Middle Eastern food almost like a fusion of Turkish and Indian. Comfortable space and service nothing fancy but adequate. Combination Kabob was excellent. Basic salad was disappointing- like plain diner offering- iceberg, cucumbers, tasteless tomatoes. Eggplant side was excellent. Will be back often for everyday great value food.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

The food here was delicious and our server, who I believe is also the co-owner, was very helpful and attentive. They do not serve alcohol here but you're encouraged to visit the wine shop next door to pick up a bottle.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Great Family run place! Food is always good and quick

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

I live nearby and always enjoy going here.
Good value. I can hear my friends when they talk. Usually very quiet here. Overall, good value and a good experience.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Have lived in neighborhood for years and never been..have passed by it a million times. So glad we went in on Saturday night. The owner does all the work and he was lovely. Food was delicious, hot and great portions. We will return!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2017

This is a favorite in our neighborhood (UES). The food is outstanding & the warmth of the owner makes our experience all the better. BYOB keeps the prices down & it's the first place we think of when friends & family come in for dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Very tasty. What is better than a delicious lamb kebab and rice with delicious spicy sauces? Really good. The scallion dumplings topped with yogurt and beef were delicious. Very different. This place is bring your own beer or wine. There is Whiskey and Wine on 69 one block down 2nd Ave. I really enjoyed this place and I will most definitely go back. Strange, I've passed it for years and never went in, but always wanted to and glad I did.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Always friendly. Always authentic. Small, intimate. Must bring own beer or wine.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2017

Food and ambiance was excellent, never had afghan food and found it delicious. Service was wonderful

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Very good food and good people. Very quiet we can speak together.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Most excellent Afghan food. As you enter the door, the aroma sets the tone. We had reserved a table and were thankful since it was PACKED. It was my birthday and we were given the best table in the front window. While my husband ran next door for a bottle of red wine, I ordered out appetizers. What a great start. The entrees were generous and excellent (I can't use that word too much). We were stuffed and passed on desert, but a piece of chocolate cake was brought out and everyone sang happy birthday. Wonderful evening

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Delicious food and service! Highly recommend!
The combo kebaab and pumpkin filled bulanee are must haves!

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2017

Amazing food, service, and great value! Very cozy neighborhood spot.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Excellent food, excellent value, highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2016

Service was very slow

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2016

One of our favorites restaurants. Great place to introduce a new cuisine to friends. Very friendly and accommodating owner/head waiter. Small, intimate (the restaurant, not the owner). Afghan food is a variety of more familiar Middle Eastern food. Great kabobs, lots of lamb, wonderful appetizers. Bring your own beer or wine (corkage, glasses free). Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2016

The food was excellent. The server was friendly, although clearly overwhelmed as his dining room help had a family emergency and had to leave early. Even though the server was working alone, he was still friendly and made excellent recommendations for us.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2016

what a great find! my chicken shish-kebab was the best I've ever eaten - mainly because the chicken itself was of such high quality - moist and tender. Most interesting (and yummy) pumpkin dumplings to start. Winos, be advised, bring your own bottle, as they do not serve alcohol. I"ll be back!

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2016

The food has always been wonderful - I've been going to AKH for over 20 years. But the place is looking pretty tired. Given how inexpensive the food is, I'm not too surprised if they can't afford to fix it up. I hope once the subway is finished, they will do a major re-do.
The BYOB policy is really nice - not too many of those around anymore.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2016

The food is delicious, does not disappoint. The service was friendly. It was a pleasant dining experience. BYOB is an added bonus!

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2016

Yes, the Kabab House is located in the midst of the 2nd Avenue Subway construction zone, but the interior design assumes that the lovely carpet hangings will hide the shabby and run down feeling with a restaurant in need of a paint job and a new HVAC system --- just look at the make-shift a/c ducts on the ceiling. But service was friendly (a bit slow), and the portions tasty and plentiful.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2016

The food was absolutely great and the owner is friendly

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2016

This restaurant has an intimate and authentic ambiance. The dishes we tried were all prepared in a manner that allowed the delicious flavors of the ingredients to come through cleanly. We had a delightful meal.

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2015

Friends from Canada were in to watch their son run the marathon and we chose Afghan Kebab House mainly due to its proximity to where they were staying. What a treat the food was very good and we were able to have a normal conversation as the noise level was quite low. We started with the combination appetizer plate, which was a choice of any 4 appetizers, all conveniently cut into 4 pieces! Very good!! Salad was ordinary, but included in the dinner, so appreciated. We had the tandoori chicken kebabs, lamb kebabs, tandoori shrimp and tandoori fish. All were extremely tasty. The rice served with the meals was outstanding! The green sauce is to die for - a must try. I did not try the brown sauce, which is apparently quite spicy, but others did and said it too was great. BYOB and no corkage charge is another plus. We were served by the owner, who is very hospitable - as I think he also is the cook, service was a bit slow. But meals arrived hot and well prepared. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a casual, interesting meal.

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