Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

AFGHAN KEBAB HOUSE, 764 Ninth Avenue (between West 51st and West 52nd Street), Hell's Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen doesn’t get the credit it deserves in the food world. While it might not be as authentic and vibrant as Queens, it is chockful of diverse international restaurants. It’s the perfect place to wander before or after an evening at the theater and most people would be shocked that they can try Thai, Ethiopian, French, South African, Balkan, and Afghan food all within a few block radius.

I suppose the problem is most New Yorkers who don’t live nearby are rarely in this westerly neighborhood. The reason I was here was because I had tickets to the theater and I was searching for a local haunt for dinner before the show.

In the past, I had frequented Ariana Afghan Kebab but I had never eaten at the competition across the street. Until now.

While their specialty are the namesake kebabs (which are juicy and flavorful), I was most intrigued by a dish I had never tried before.

Eggplant Boorani at AFGHAN KEBAB HOUSE

We order the Eggplant Boorani and were expecting some sort of smoky, herby dip (like a babaganoush). Instead, we received meaty slices of soft sautéed aubergine topped with an earthy mixture of stewed tomatoes, onions, and beans. Granished on top is a dollop of minty yogurt and some other herbs.

It’s a hearty and tasty way to begin the meal. I always love discovering authentic, traditional dishes for the first time. I’m just sort of surprised that it happened here in Hell’s Kitchen. That’s what I get for underestimating this surprisingly diverse neighborhood. Price: $8.00

AFGHAN KEBAB HOUSE
767 Ninth Avenue (between West 51st and West 52nd Street),
Hell’s Kitchen
(212) 307-1612
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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