The cursive notice under the tabletop glass was, I imagined, a telegraphic version of the wordier English advisory at the rear: "Due to changes in the prices of the food products, unfortunately we have to increase [the prices of all items] in our menu. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for your cooperation."
In reality the message is quite different: It communicates the availability of a beloved South Asian dish called paya. Although most customers of this restaurant keep halal, not all are Afghan, and, according to the owner, some are less than comfortable ordering in English or in Pashto. An Arabic posting ensures that no one misses out on slow-cooked cow-foot curry. (Let's hope that the price doesn't come as a shock.)
Also shown: a woven map of Afghanistan. Balkh, the home province of the proprietor, is on the country's northern border (in orange). For more photos, most of them of our meal itself, see the EIT page on Facebook.
Balkh Shish Kabab House
23-10 31st St., (23rd Rd.-23rd Ave.), Astoria, Queens