Not to be a downer on traditional holiday fare, but the redundancy of pumpkin ravioli, soup, cheesecake, bread, and pie leaves me bored with the season's favorite squash. At least, I was before I met kaddo bourani, a classic Afghan preparation that has become my favorite way to eat pumpkin.
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These days New York offers plenty of options for the Afghan cuisine, but Bamiyan, in Kips Bay, is among the oldest and best.
I've only ever eaten at one other Afghan restaurant, so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from Bahar, which is tucked into a stretch of Coney Island Avenue lined with Pakistani and Bangladeshi eateries. In fact there are a lot of familiar-sounding options on their menu, particularly under the vegetarian section, but it all sounds like Indian food. They do offer sides of naan, and under beverages you can find a mango lassi, but I was determined to order something less ordinary.
[Photographs: Maggie Hoffman] Khyber Pass 34 Saint Marks Place, New York NY 10003 (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues; map); 212-473-0989; menu Cuisine: Afghan Veggie Options: 6 appetizers, several salads, about 10 entrées Cost: Appetizers around $6, veg entrées around $11...
Previous BYOBs Angelica Kitchen Sigiri Ivo & Lulu Gazala Place Tartine When you've exhausted Indian and tired of Turkish, Afghan is an exciting next step. I associate Afghan food with rich flavor and subtle spice, ingredients like pumpkin and...