There are places where you go for a tête-à-tête, and then there is Raffi’s. This establishment promises a rollicking good time and its large open-air dining room simply adds to the good mood. Indeed, it is a favorite among friends dining en masse, so bring your best pals and settle in for some fun. You may even find yourself celebrating with the table next to you before too long—it’s that sort of joint.
The kitchen focuses on Persian and Middle Eastern cooking and the portions match the size of the dining room (read: huge). Ghormeh sabzi, a bowl filled with tender beef chunks, kidney beans and spices, has a slightly sour, stick-to-your-ribs appeal; while charbroiled chicken, lamb and mahi mahi kebabs set atop fluffy rice are ever-satisfying standards.