FARIDA Central Asian Cuisine & Grill
Amazing food and great service!
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
We waited 40 minutes past our reservation time before giving up and going elsewhere for our meal.
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.
Very tasty. Would go back. Only issue was the high noise level.
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.
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.
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.
The best Uzbeki food in Manhattan!
Loving it and go again
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.
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!
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.
Always excited to try a new Central Asian restaurant. This place did not disappoint. Wonderful hospitality! Еда очен вкусно! Спасибо большое!
Amazing food, great atmosphere. Owners are friendly and welcoming.
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!
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.
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.
What a great find! Definitely going back! Unique experience - a gem!
Delicious shashlyks!!!!! Must have the lamb rib , Farida roll, and chicken thigh . Attentive service would come back again and would bring friends
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.
Excellent Central Asian Cuisine. I think the kebabs are the best there.
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.
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.
Everything was above expectations. And expectations were high, given all the great reviews. Definitely going back.
Yum. Definitely going back. Lingered for three hours, even though space was small, and everything we tried was delicious.
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.
Really good, unique good. A little on the expensive side, but a lot of hidden gems
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was our first time experiencing this cuisine, and our server gave us great recommendations of what to try. Everything was delicious; highly recommended!
The food was really special and very good, we had a great time. Service was excellent.
Very different food. Great atmosphere. Not rushed. Reasonable prices. Helpful waitstaff.
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
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.
Just delicious. Wefeasted on Pumpkin Manti and Salmon soup
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.