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Balkh Shish Kabab House

Map & Directions 23-10 31st St.
Long Island City, NY 11105
  • Afghan
  • Daily 11am-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

Our fair city has a dearth of Afghani restaurants compared to, say, Indian and Pakistani. Balkh Shish Kabab House excels at grilled meats, cooked right in the gas-fired hearth by the front door, of which the ground-meat keema is the best at soaking up the smoke. But Balkh's hidden agenda lies in braised meats, such as the glorious and hefty lamb shank, mantled with shredded carrots and raisins, and sided with jus-soaked rice and a salad best squirted with the accompanying herbed yogurt. The appetizers are fab, and swerve in vegetarian directions. Check out aushack, scallion-stuffed pouches flooded with tomato sauce and yogurt. The L-shaped dining room is agreeable, but don't even think about asking for alcohol, or carrying it in, either.

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  • Ahna H. on 01/04/13

    Excellent, excellent, excellent food! The lamb is so tender is easily pulls apart with a fork. 100% authentic. Yumminess galore :)

  • Village Voice on 11/14/11

    Winner of Best Afghan in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! Vegetarians can munch on bolanee kadu - pumpkin filled turnovers.

  • Qasim G. on 06/22/13

    Go with a couple of people, order the mixed appetizer withe different Bolanee and Samosa before your entree. They've never disappointed us.

  • Jenny W. on 05/19/13

    Bolanee - pumpkin. Great!

  • Jared on 05/27/11

    Everything is good. You can eat like a khan for cheap!

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