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Enjoy Persian Cuisine at Pars Restaurant in New York

By David N. Rahni

For those us blessed with our residence in the New York City Metropolitan area, we tend to take it for granted, that is, the easy access we have to a wide variety of international cuisines, especially the Persian culinary gastronomical intoxications, as dozens of the Persian restaurants are scattered throughout not only NYC, but also in Long Island, Lower Hudson valley, Northern NJ, and southern Connecticut.

We had heard of one of such Restaurants, PARS, (, that has presumably been in existence in Mid-Manhattan's Chelsea area for nearly three years, nonetheless, had not have a chance to check it out. Well. Folks after enjoying  the NY Nick's vs. Memphis's Grizzlie's basketballs game at MSG last night, when the Iranian player Hamed Haddadi ( ) played the last few minutes and scored three for Memphis, we set out to check out PARS Restaurant.

The PARS ambiance was Persian friendly and comfortable.  Immediately upon ordering, we were served the instantaneously with tanoor clay baked Taftoon bread, the one we used to get back home from Tajrish! The service was courteous and prompt, and well the food, what can I tell you! Divine, paradise indeed it was. The food was great!

What topped it all out, was when Mr. Ali Massoumi, the Manager approached our table and engaged in a usual conversation that immediately led to our common place of birth, Shemiran, the same nostalgic playgrounds, the same high school (shahpour tajrish) and the same university (National or Melli). We had so many common friends and acquaintances and had walked through the same paths in parallel that could have not been coincidental.  Ali Agha told us that PARS will from next week have extended hours deep beyond midnights on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, live entertainments (belly dancing and music) and ready for private or semiprivate parties, meetings and other social functions as well.  What was also most striking was that Ali Agha, a management college graduate and a martial art black belt, due to so many serendipitous predicaments in life, had extensively traveled and worked in at least a dozen countries and therefore, was fluent in at least seven languages. What a global citizen Ali had indeed become! 

And so folks, if in Manhattan, we as a family highly recommend PARS for your get-together, social gatherings...

249 W. 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 929-9860

... Payvand News - 01/26/09 ... --

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