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Bites Nearby: Afghan Grill Kabob House

Land-locked Afghanistan is at the crossroads of many cultures. The cuisine is a tasteful blend of the food of the regions that surround it.

Spices such as saffron, coriander, cardamom and black pepper are used liberally, the cuisine is neither too spicy nor too hot – it is just right!

 – Stuffed appetizers (all $5.95) are popular. Stuffed grape leaves, sambosas (fried turnovers stuffed with ground meat, vegetables and seasonings) and a dish called manto – steamed dumplings stuffed with ground meat and onions and topped with seasoned yogurt and tomato stuff – is a house specialty.

On the table were three homemade sauces: cilantro garlic vinegar, yogurt and hot sauce with red chilies and garlic. You are encouraged to add these to any dishes.

The kabob list of grilled meats consists of chicken, Cornish hen, lamb, beef, fish, shrimp, lamb patties and lamb chops. Prices range from $12.95 to $18.95. The kabobs are served with basmati rice and green salad. For vegetarian fare there are dishes made with spinach, pumpkin, eggplant, okra and kidney beans.

For those who want to sample a few dishes, Afghan Grill offers various combos such as the Dinner for Four: a choice of four different kabobs and two stew or vegetarian dishes for $59.95.

A favorite dessert to finish your meal is the refreshing saffron flavored ice cream, which is made with liquefied saffron.

You are encouraged to bring your own wine.

1629 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park, NY 11514, 516-998-4084
Hours: Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Prices: appetizers are about $5.95. Dinner entrees range from$10.95 to $18.95 or $59.95 for the Dinner for Four. Desserts are all $4.95.

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