Why go: Many local Afghan restaurants lack a certain ambiance. Here the proud, ancient cuisine is given its due with wooden booths and chandeliers in a dining room as expansive as the menu.
What to get: Bouranee baunjaun, a silky eggplant purée; rich mantu dumplings with ground beef; garlicky lamb kebabs; kadu chalau, sweet chunks of sautéed pumpkin with a tangy yogurt sauce; firnee, a cool white pudding sprinkled with crushed pistachios.
Best for: A power lunch—the food may be Afghan, but the vibe is pure steakhouse.
Insider tip: The dining room is sometimes understaffed, making service spotty.