FARIDA Central Asian Cuisine & Grill

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$30 and under
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“Farida” Restaurant became the First and Only Central Asian cuisine has opened in Manhattan and become a well-known international escape for New Yorkers and visitors alike. “Farida” Restaurant provides a gateway into Uzbek, Kazakh, Uyghur, Tadjick, cuisine and its best traditions. Our authentic décor and cozy ambiance imbue every experience with a taste and feel of Central Asian cuisine and culture.
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S
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service!

EI
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner on a week day, the place was packed and I understood why. The food was great, everything I tried was extremely well prepared, the food was authentic and the service was very good. The place is very tastefully decorated and creates very cozy, home like ambience. Highly recommended! Catch

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

We waited 40 minutes past our reservation time before giving up and going elsewhere for our meal.

BV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My family is Russian and they loved the food. Very small place but makes up for it in food. Service was great and food came pretty fast. Hot and fresh. Would definitely return.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very tasty. Would go back. Only issue was the high noise level.

WS
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food, but be prepared for so-so service. This is a small place with minimal room but the good food makes up for it. Make reservations on weekends.

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The menu and food prep are excellent. Service is not great, but we had an overall great time. The staff is very friendly and attentive when you can get them to your table.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the city with my son and we love to try new places. My children have Russian heritage so this restaurant was doubly appealing. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared. Comforting soup with rich broth.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Uzbeki food in Manhattan!

RD
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loving it and go again

YK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service is very good, except that the restaurant is woefully understaffed, presumably due to its space constriction. Food is very good but sometimes inconsistent --the same dish is great once and just ok the next.

s
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and lots of it. Really liked the manti and Uzbek plov, though the veggies they served were just so-so. The prices are very reasonable and the menu is very tempting. Be careful when ordering, as the portions are generous!

JD
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We didn't get as far as trying the food; this is purely based on customer service. I booked online using OpenTable and when we arrived there were a lot of people standing outside. I explained that I had booked a table but was told that all slots were gone that morning, which begs the question is this a Farida issue or an OpenTable issue?
We stood outside to wait and thought it a good sign that others were waiting as it meant the place must be good. The restaurant is small but the atmosphere was buzzing and a violinist was playing and we could see that people were being moved to accommodate others. Eventually, all others standing outside were seated and we patiently waited our turn. When were finally collected, we were told that we would be given the best table because we had waited for so long and that we would be looked after better than anyone else.
As previously stated, the atmosphere was great and the menu looked really interesting so we were keen to try the food. In other restaurants we had been to, we had been acknowledged in at least a couple of minutes and offered water, which wasn't the case here. Despite being told that we would be given the best service, after 5 minutes nobody had approached us but my friend had been moved to the end of the table and literally trapped in so that 2 more people could be accommodated. She could not move.
Ironically, the violinist had a table all to himself for his laptop so if he had been moved the new people coming in could have been sat there and not infringed on us.
Another 5 minutes goes by and we were still not approached however, the couple who had been seated after us were being attended to and patiently being told about the food and menu. After wrestling with tables and chairs we walked out.
Not a good customer experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excited to try a new Central Asian restaurant. This place did not disappoint. Wonderful hospitality! Еда очен вкусно! Спасибо большое!

AG
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere. Owners are friendly and welcoming.

EC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Amazing flavors created with deceptively simple dishes by appearance. The basic salad was the only dish I don't recommend as it was basically chopped tomatoes and cucumbers with a light dressing for $12. Definable not worth it but everything else is delicious!

IA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

If you are an adventurous eater, this place is a find! The owner was so welcoming, he actually brought us into the kitchen to show us how their traditional plov is made—from a recipe passed down through the generations. We’ve been there twice this month, and will surely return for the lagman soup, manti, and another serving of plov. And if Uzbek cuisine is new to you, don't hesitate to ask for help ordering—the staff is very helpful.

D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A cozy little restaurant on Ninth avenue serving up some unique dishes with a variety of influences, embracing Uzbekistan's diverse culture. The service was decent considering the restaurant was full. The food arrived in a timely manner.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a great find! Definitely going back! Unique experience - a gem!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious shashlyks!!!!! Must have the lamb rib , Farida roll, and chicken thigh . Attentive service would come back again and would bring friends

G
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farida is the kind of a hidden gem of a restaurant that you can only find in New York City. It's tucked away in a nowhere neighborhood between Penn Station & Times Square, and it is tiny and lovely. The food was plentiful and delicious and inexpensive. The service was prompt and friendly. It was my favorite meal of a week spent in the city.

K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Central Asian Cuisine. I think the kebabs are the best there.

S
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you Open Table. I never would have known about this place if not for your app. Lots to choose from, helpful wait staff and good food. Loved the tomato salad. My friend had the mini pirogi and she loved them. I had a rice pilaf dish which was great. Portions were generous.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, unique food. Space is extremely small and loud, but they do a good job of managing within it. A little cramped though. Would definitely return for the food! Samsa and manti were both heavenly.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was above expectations. And expectations were high, given all the great reviews. Definitely going back.

NW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum. Definitely going back. Lingered for three hours, even though space was small, and everything we tried was delicious.

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food, nostalgic to Russian people, exotic to many others. We the party of 4 ordered 4 different soups , all were great. My choice was lagman- Usbek rich vegetable-beef soup with noodles. Excellent!!! Keep in mind the place is very small, make reservation.

AS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Really good, unique good. A little on the expensive side, but a lot of hidden gems

NH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Central Asian food I've had since leaving the region. The plov was very authentic, as were the shashlyk and tea. Would absolutely recommend to anyone.

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Farida is a tiny restaurant on Ninth Avenue in the 30s. I read about it on The Infatuation. I followed their recommendations , and would disagree with them only about 1 dish, Plov, which is Uzbek Pilaf. The Manti and Samsa were fantastic , but the meat in the Plov was gristly and had no flavor. I would go back to have appetizers, which were substantial, and to try the Shashlik.

The restaurant is decorated with Uzbeki crafts and beautiful hanging lamps, and the TV plays shows of the region. It's cozy and not noisy. I felt like I was far away from NYC. Our waitress was a doll. All in all it was a really pleasant experience, and a terrific value.

b
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Focusing on serving central Asian cuisine, very friendly staff greeted me and I was served and enjoyed samsa, which was like a spinach pie, and the pumpkin manti (steamed dumplings) which were delectable. I also enjoyed the lamb ribs kebab on a skewer. I also liked the bottle of Tarhun, a traditional tarragon soda pop. The location is very near the hotels around Port Authority Transportation Center.

j
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Unprepossessing upon arrival, but we were greeted by a friendly woman. Many of the dishes were unfamiliar, but the menu has some good explanations. No wine or drink menu was offered, but we asked and they have an interesting selection of Russian and other beers; wine was limited but ok in the price range. We also drank tea that was made from leaves, not bags! The pumpkin "ravioli" (more like a flaky version of the kind of bun you would get in a dim sum place) was really delicious, way more flavors than just pumpkin. The entrees were pretty to look at and very good, especially hearty on a very cold night. The lamb in the plov was generous and the flavors were alive; the chicken shashlyk came on a skewer that looked right out of GOT. We enjoyed it all, and the price was right.

IH
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an interesting little spot to enjoy a wide variety of Central Asian food! Service was great and this little spot showed the love of the owners of this spot.

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time experiencing this cuisine, and our server gave us great recommendations of what to try. Everything was delicious; highly recommended!

JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really special and very good, we had a great time. Service was excellent.

BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very different food. Great atmosphere. Not rushed. Reasonable prices. Helpful waitstaff.

A
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great find in NYC
This restaurant is compact and friendly
Food is Outstanding...like going to a friends house for dinner. We had Manti, Uzbek Plov, and Shashlyk-Yumm
Very efficient and attentive service
This place is a great value with a diverse menu that embraces wonderful spices and flavors. Also try the Kazak chai tea to round out your meal

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Found this restaurant by accident on Open Table, after walking past it dozens of times, and thought I would give it a try. Restaurant is small, and a little crowded, but food was fantastic and service good after a short seating delay. Tied a soup and a main dish, which I would have again if there were not so many other things that looked just as good.

ML
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just delicious. Wefeasted on Pumpkin Manti and Salmon soup

LL
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We like trying new new cuisines, so were happy to find a Central Asian restaurant as we have never had this kind of food. We enjoyed the food, especially the borsch, but the music was so loud we could barely hear ourselves think, much less talk. The restaurant is quite small and there is no reason the for live violinist to be amplified. He was very good and we could have enjoyed it had it been at a lower volume.