[Photo by Steven]
Ravagh Persian Grill on First Avenue between Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place has been dark of late.
Signage on the front windows points to a temporary closure for renovations (in a positive sign, their outgoing phone message relates the same info).
This is one of five outposts for Ravagh (three in Manhattan and two on Long Island).
Anyway, I've never eaten here. It gets high marks from one reliable source. Here's what Eater had to say about it in a roundup of Persian restaurants:
The menu here stands up to some of Southern California's best Iranian restaurants. The barg kebab (whole chunks of beef rather than ground meat) is particularly flavorful, as are the joojeh (lemon chicken) kebabs. Get the kashk e bademjan as an appetizer. The creamy eggplant dip is enhanced with kashk, which is creamy whey that has a tart and almost caramelized flavor. Don't forget to order dessert: Zoolbia, which looks like a funnel-cake but is potato-chip crisp and soaked in a rose water syrup, goes well with amber-colored Persian tea.
Parmys morphed into Ravagh here back in late 2014.