This might be the best Persian food in the world...or at least in the city. The pre-meal spread of onions, feta, parsley and a radish, served with flatbread, opens the palate up for the hummus and baba ghanoush; both are fresh, creamy and delicious. With the appetite thoroughly intrigued, move on to the huge plate of food that is the main course. The lion's share of menu space goes to meat dishes (lamb, beef, chicken and seafood), but there's a small vegetarian selection as well.
The dishes are served with extra long steamed rice and grilled vegetables. I had a Cornish game hen, which was the special of the day. Although it was a mildly disturbing thought, I could've sworn the little guy had been scratching in the yard at dawn. All of the food tastes remarkably fresh. The authentic, if not slightly gaudy, atmosphere is very pleasing. Traditional Persian artwork, in tandem with the plastic tablecloth covers, gives Noon O Kabab an unpretentious level of sophistication. The reasonable prices make it an ideal dinner-date restaurant, and because the owner typically visits every table at least once, everyone gets to look and feel important.
In early 2008, Noon O Kabab opened a second location down the street for takeout, delivery and catering orders.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: J. Tyson