Owner and managing partner, Monica Saxena, envisioned aRoqa to be a celebration of diversity and culture, merging Indian flavors with a global palate and cocktail culture. aRoqa’s menu unites diverse flavors inspired by its name: in India, a “roka” ceremony is where friends and family come together to enjoy the engagement of a couple and celebrate by sharing a meal.
At aRoqa, Chef Manni and head mixologist Prasad have created a unique marriage of cuisine and cocktails in a chic, sophisticated setting, to create an elevated experience, focusing on small plates with Indian flavors.
long gained basmati rice, fresh herbs and spices served with yogurt raita
dum pukht lamb with fennel-ginger spices
Chicken Tikka Masala
tandoor oven cooked chicken in creamy, mildly spiced curry sauce
The food was superb -- from appetizers right through desserts. The seasoning was different than any other Indian restaurant I've been to in the U.S. Much closer to the depth and heights of cuisine in India.
The service was outstanding too.
The only drawbacks were 1) the limited number of fish, chicken and lamb options on the menu and 2) just how dark the entire atmosphere is (walls, tables, menus, etc.)
Overall, excellent Indian food and I'd go there again in a minute!
Light sort of new Indian
Excellent food and service. Well priced
Pretty mediocre food. many better indian places in town. surprised about the michelin guide "plate" mention considering how mediocre this place's food is.
Excellent Indian food with a decent wine list and good recommendations from the personable waiter.
Service was very attentive - our server was really nice and spent time talking to us. We only ordered appetizers, which I felt were quite good. The kurkuri bhel, habanero chicken tikka, and the paneer hari mirch kulcha were particularly delicious. The presentation was definitely out of the ordinary as far as Indian restaurants go, which I appreciated. Will definitely have to try the shared plates/“entrees” next time. Cocktails were very good and creative. Overall nice job. The only issues were value for the money and the lighting was a little too dark. I wish we could have had more than an hour and a half to dine, but I understand the need to turnover tables more quickly due to the hit the restaurant industry has taken, and I acknowledge that this is not unique to aRoqa.
The food here is incredible! The drinks were as creative as the food. The staff was friendly and helpful. Can't wait to return.
Awesome place great vibe!
Excellent food, drinks, presentation, ambience and service!
Were there for our anniversary dinner. Sumptuous food and nice ambience..I loved the perfect golden lights everywhere!
This was some seriously interesting Indian food, something quite out of the ordinary. The cuisine reflects a South Indian approach but not necessarily traditional food. Everything was delicious and there were some interesting twists. Definitely will be returning
Loved the butternut squash koftas. We are definitely coming back. However, we were really disappointed in the rasmalai, it tasted bland and almost stale. I do believe it was a one off mistake because the waitress handed over a complimentary pistachio dessert to us at the end, which was delicious.
The food was fantastic - super flavorful and good heat. Highly recommend this as a date spot!
Service was impeccable. Food unique and delicious. Everything is plated and presented beautifully.
Very tasty food
Food was good but the dishes came out in rapid-fire succession in a span of about 20 minutes, so the meal felt very rushed!
Fabulous service, food was excellent. We celebrated a birthday and they went all out with a sparkler on our dessert. Highly recommend the cauliflower starter and the mushroom dish.
Decent food, but service was disorganized, inattentive, and lacked any prideful element. Had to practically beg for water, had to reorder wine several times because our server forgot each time, and generally uninspiring experience.
My wife and I really enjoyed our first experience at aRoqa. Loved the vibe and energy, felt very hip for Indian restaurant. Everything was clean and service was spot on. We tried multiple appetizers, main dishes and desserts. Everything was outstanding. I highly recommend giving aRoqa try.
The best Indian food in the city hands down
Loved it! Food was fresh and delicious! Ambiance was very chic and cute! server was very attentive. Would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for good Indian food!
Great as ever. Food great. Atmosphere great. We missed this place!
Great place, nice ambiance! Would recommend to anyone visiting
Everything about the place was really good. Highly recommended.
Super yummy food!
Innovative presentation , great food and cool atmosphere
What a wonderful experience! Food is delicious!! Staff very friendly!! Highly recommended!!
Ample of vegetarian choices and great service. We will go back!
Amazing food, great experience. Love the reengagement cocktail. Will be back again.
Unfortunately because the door was open for ventilation, the restaurant inside was uncomfortably cold. The food is tasty but very expensive for the portion size. The service was attentive.
Food was fantastic, efficient service and the drinks were very good
Great addition to Chelsea. The food is always good!
Nothing extraordinary about the food. Did not try drinks, there are better options available.
Best Indian cuisine in Chelsea
The Indian small plates were great. If I was to go back, I would skip the larger, traditional dishes like Tikka Masala and Vindaloo and, instead, share many small plates.
Try the Stuffed Naan!
We get indian food every week, and think this may be the best we’ve ever had. The service was great, and the food and drinks were amazing. Highly recommend!
Taste plates were good. Main course was not up to the mark. May be the drinks are good (but we did not try that)
One of the best places in Manhattan to enjoy succulent Indian appetizers with innovative cocktails and nice wines. Main courses seem to be enjoyable too but no appetizer is to be missed.
Given the fact that restaurants are trying to recover you would think that when customers come out to spend their money that the service would be better.
An amazing an interesting selection of food. The menu was fantastic. I loved this place. The servers were very helpful and friendly.
My only reservation is that the heating lamps did not work very well.
aRoqa does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.
aRoqa is rated 4.7 stars by 452 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.