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Persian in the City?

I'm looking for a great, authentic persian restaurant anywhere in NYC. Thoughts?

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  1. There is a persian restaurant across from Sloan Kettering, on first ave and 67th i believe. I'm not really sure if it was authentic Perian or not, but the food was always delivious.

    1237 1st Ave, New York, NY 10065

    1. There's also Persepolis on the UES. I went there once 4-5 years ago and enjoyed it. Can't vouch for the authenticity, but I did learn what a revelation good rice pilaf can be.

      1. My picky Persian friends either cook at home or go to the Persian Tea Room in Little Neck for Persian food. They even catered a wedding for one of them.

        1. Go here. I was introduced by my Iranian friend.

          Pars Grill House & Bar. 249 W. 26th St. (bet. 7th & 8th Aves.) Manhattan, NY 212-929-9860.

          249 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

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            1. re: Pan

              The mashed eggplant app, the app with the yogurt, and any of the kebabs, especially the one with ground beef and lamb

              1. re: raji212

                Tried out Pars for lunch last week, I've been to this venue a few times when it was Cafe Buon Gusto. The food was okay, the bread and mashed eggplant were good. I used to eat at Ravagh @ 30th and usually ordered the Kobideh whereas my buddy prefers the Barg. While slightly more expensive, I think Ravagh's Kobideh are better (and you get two skewers not one), my buddy thought the Barg at Pars edges out Ravagh's version (softer meat, more flavorful). We also agreed the rice was better at Ravagh.

                In the same general vicinity, I've yet to try Colbeh but, for now, Ravagh gets my vote.

                1. re: bokkyo

                  I talked to my Iranian friend again. Said Colbeh is the best.

            2. re: raji212

              Pars is arguably the best Persian in NYC. I've been one other time since I first reported, and it was pretty consistent. Not as good as the stuff in LA though.

            3. Many Persian friends say Colbeh is the next best thing to their moms home cooking.


              1. My vote would go for Persepolis. They recently moved a block or so from their old location... the room is much nicer and the food seems to have gotten better as well. My wife is Persian, and we have tried Colbeh and Ravagh as well - both are pretty good - we just like Persepolis more... not sure about Pars. And none of these compare to what is available on the West Coast.

                1407 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

                1. We order from Ravagh - although there must be another one (from the one mentioned above) since we live in Chelsea. While not the best (and we come from Los Angeles and Orange County so this is our comparison) it serves up a good soltani, rice is good. I also really like their kashk e badmejan (eggplant app). The boneless chicken kabob is a little dry and not enough flavor, but is my perisan husband's entree of choice. The mastomoosir is okay but we still get it every time.

                  Although now I am looking forward to trying out Colbeh.

                  1. Colbeh is wonderful...order the Kabobs

                    1. I have to second Ravagh. While it's not the best persian restaurant on the east coast It is in my opinion, the best in NYC. The best on the east coast would have to be Moby Dick in Washington DC. Persepolis is over priced and the quality is not always consistent. I wouldn't really call Colbeh persian. It seems more "middle eastern". Pars is a close second. LA is hands down the best place for persian food in the US. Just an fyi, you haven't actually had kebab until you've had it with doogh.

                      1407 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

                      249 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

                      1237 1st Ave, New York, NY 10065

                      43 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

                      1. I have been to Colbeh twice and don't think I'd go back again (I am Iranian). I think all the Persian restaurants in New York are quite mediocre but of them Ravagh is the best I've tried so far.

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                        1. re: makalooti

                          I just got delivery from Ravagh a few nights ago. The chicken kebabs were way over cooked. It was inexpensive, and I got what I paid for. Hopefully their food in the dining room fares better.

                        2. My husband is Persian; We love Persepolis! They have great cherry rice, gormeh sabzi, kabobs & fesenjan. Hope you get a chance to enjoy it!

                          1. Best Persian List: I have been in NYC since 1990 & been to below at least 100x each

                            Persepolis (oldest & Best)
                            Pars (old school; Bazaari style for you Tehranis)
                            Ravagh (30st)
                            Ravagh (67st)
                            Colbeh (Kosher...so some major Persian items not used ie, Yogurt (most kiar) with your Kebab!)
                            Shalizar (hipper, hotter sister of Persepolis)
                            Shiraz (Westchester/Elmsford)....truly amazing & old family style
                            Bijan (Persian Pub) Brooklyn

                            Some Afghan places have Persian too (ie, Bamiyan, Afghan Kebab House, Ariana, Kabul Kebab)

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                            1. re: Kave_man

                              Colbeh on 39th off Fifth. http://www.colbeh.com Sleek, modern decor. Very traditional food. Kosher (no dairy items used) but excellent Persian food.