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Good Persian restaurant somewhere?

We have a car and are looking for an outing so location is less of an issue than terrific food.

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  1. We love the Persian Tea Room on the service rd of the LIE in Little Neck

    1. Have never been, but I've read good things about Patoug, which is on Horace Harding Expressway, Bayside Queens. Exit 29 (Springfield Blvd) off the LIE. Anyhow, here are some previous threads on the topic:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/352134
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/246322

      1. Ravaugh is good on Willis Ave in Roslyn, LI...For Kosher Persian --been many times--there's Colbeh in Kew Garden Hills on Main STreet, and also one on Willis Ave down the street from Ravaugh---also, heard Persian Tea Room is good also, but I've never been there.

        1. There's also a Colbeh on 39th St. in Manhattan. Has anybody been? I pass it every time I go to Szechuan Gourmet. It's rather pricey.

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          1. re: Peter Cherches

            We've been to Colbeh on 39th street for lunch just once about two years ago - it was absolutely terrible. Unbelievable: gristly, dried-out kebab served with oily old rice. The waiter brought the wrong rice side with my fish kebab. When he returned with the correct dish, he slopped half of the dilled rice into my lap without apology or remedy.

            As a final insult, the lukewarm tea was served with non-dairy creamer, which is just so completely un-Iranian I can't even begin.

            Because rice with meat or fish kebab is such a simple dish, their careless and inauthentic preparation of the food came through loud and clear. It seems to me that Colbeh is far more a kosher restaurant than a Persian restaurant, and not even a good kosher restaurant.

            Our awful lunch might have been an anomaly - we didn't go back to find out. I've also heard that the branch of Colbeh in Long Island is much better, although I can't imagine going there after our experience on 39th street.

            1. re: plum

              go to the colbeh location on main street in kew gardens hills, which is not too far from queens college. i definitely think it's the best of the three colbeh branches.

              the great neck, long island branch is ok, too, but i definitely wouldn't recommend the manhattan branch. never had a good experience there.

              1. re: surly

                Stay away from the Great Neck branch, it has a small catering hall attached to the restaurant and the food reflects that, pretty poor stuff.

          2. I haven't been to Colbeh myself however my fussy eater daughter has been there many times and says it is quite good. It's pricey because it is Kosher.