What I love in New York City is the diversity of restaurants and cuisines. I think every cuisine is particular although you will always find similarities due mainly to historical reasons.
This time, we went for Persian (aka Iranian) food at Persepolis in New York City. It was not the first time for us and the place has not changed: nice decor and very attentive service, with food as good as before!
Going back to the decor, Persepolis is pretty big with red bricks on the wall, a large map of what use to be the Persian Empire and photographs of the soccer team the founder of the restaurant used to be in back in Iran.
At first, they gave us some Iranian bread or Naan (yes, like in India).
There were two sorts: one thick that I believe is called barbari and another one that looked like a thin pita, called lavash. The barbari was my favorite: a bit crusty, it did not need anything on it. They served the bread with a dip made with sesame, that I did not like.
Then we went for the kebab (pieces of meat roasted or grilled on a skewer or spit):
The Kubideh is skewers of marinated ground aged sirloin.
We also tried the Taj Kebab that is a combination of Saffron Chicken (boneless breast of chicken kebab, marinated in saffron and onion) and Baby Lamb Barg (marinated tender lamb kebab).
When you are ordering, you can pick the way you would like the rice (basmati). My favorite is the one with almonds and orange: it is so good! There is no need for any sauce on it! They also have rice made with sour cherries: surprising and still good!
Each dish is served with a braised tomato and some cabbage.
The Kubideh is definitely my favorite: the meat is very tasty and extremely moist. The saffron chicken had a surprising buttery taste at first and was very well cooked, not dry at all. Last, the lamb (the chicken was sitting on top) had this delicious taste that is so particular to lamb meat. It was very tender.These dishes were outstanding, but again, the Kubideh is the best!
We ate the dishes with some Most O Khiar that is Yoghurt (Most) with cucumber and mint.
Of course, we could not end this delicious meal without dessert!
Persepolis is definitely a great place to go to! We had, once again, an incredible experience there!
Enjoy (I did)!
And remember: I Just Want To Eat!