Springfield’s tiny Afghan Bistro—and its bigger Palisades spinoff, Bistro Aracosia—have a lot in common. Warm, kind service, ginormous portions, and a trove of family recipes from Kabul-born owners Omar Masroor and his wife, Sofia. We’ve yet to meet a stew here we didn’t love (Aracosia has the bigger selection), whether veal and mushrooms in a velvety cilantro-laced gravy or Rumi’s chicken, in a zesty, sweet tomato sauce. Every table should have an order of mantu, the freeform dumplings stuffed with minced beef and laden with garlicky yogurt. Moderate.
Also great: Fried turnovers stuffed with greens; aushak (leek-filled dumplings); lamb chops; roasted eggplant; lamb-shank moghuli.