Cheap Eats 2013: Bamian

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.


Weekdays, a buffet with such dishes as spiced chickpeas, kofta (meatballs), and barbecue chicken lures lunchtime crowds to this massive Afghan restaurant and banquet hall. But every visit should
include an order of aushak—scallion-stuffed dumplings topped with meat sauce, yogurt, and fresh mint. Arrive early in the evening to score one of the semi-private booths near the entrance. They make for cozy date-night dining.

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