Ashoka - Upper West Side

4.8
101 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Born out of our love of fine wines and good music, Ashoka Resturant has become the exclusive night spot in Upper Manhattan. After traveling the world and experiencing different musical cultures, we decided to make our way back and bring music to our home town. Featuring local talent as well as well-known artists, we offer live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. At Ashoka Resturant , every hour is Happy Hour. Come and relax. Listen to great music, enjoy a couple of drinks with your friends or colleagues. and experience the love of music for yourself.
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KParker
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here with my brother and got here about 20 minutes earlier than him. The servers could not have been nicer and were constantly coming over to check on me and even gave me free snacks while I waited! They were great throughout the night and the food was incredible. Will definitely be coming back!

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vipGreat
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

So glad it was able to reopen. Delicious dinner . Open all day which makes for convenience.

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vipBrianB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Saturday evening they have a live jazz band; very entertaining; and the noise level was still reasonable to have a conversation. Loved the cauliflower and also the mushroom appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were fantastic. Had a great time with our friends.

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vipLoriW
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I invited friends from out of town who love to eat Indian food. We all agreed that the dishes we had were excellent.

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vipBigdaddy
Denver
117 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

great place--excellent food and service in a nice atmosphere. Everything was tasty-mushroom appetizer, samosas, tandoori salmon, lentils. Mellow jazz on some weekend nights.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy that Ashoka opened up again! It is the best Indian restaurant on the upper west side. Everything was excellent. The live music is just a bonus!

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vipMacNYC
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad they have reopened after several months. Great food and nice jazz on Saturday evening.

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DNMIS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank goodness they are back after the fire. The Nilgiri lamb korma was excellent and we can't wait to try more dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Got to the restaurant and it was closed. Why didn’t we receive notice?

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vipshanons
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant was closed. Walked there in rain. What. Waste!

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BlakeW
London
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Despite accepting our booking, the restaurant was closed

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vipRichardT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

We arrived and it was closed for renovation this should not be available to book - waste of an evening

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Anaisg
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

j'ai pris une réservation mais ils étaient fermés !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Can’t lose with the Paneer Tikka Masala. Every time I go to Ashoka or order in at home, the food is delicious, fresh and oh so satisfying. Far surpasses the other local spots in my book in terms of portion size, price, and flavor. More bang for your buck here than Swagat, Saravana, or Alachi Masala. Plus the staff at Ashoka have made continual effort to make their service better and better since they opened a few years ago - and it shows! Live music was also a nice touch Friday night - smooth and perfect levels. Thank you Ashoka!

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vipLuv2eat
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming here! Every time the service is exceptional. The food is fantastic (and constantly trying new things) and the ambience is perfect. Friday and Sat nights they have a jazz band that is lovely, but not too loud that you can't enjoy your meal. So glad I found this neighborhood gem.. Don't miss out..

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Gemma
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food is good, place is pleasant. But our group of seven was sitting near the music and that made it very difficult to have a conversation.We had to ask several times for serving utensils. We were sharing dishes and serving utensils were not provided.
People at our table wanted dark beer and that was not available.

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DNMIS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally, an Indian restaurant that actually serves flavorful, spicy food. We had a variety of foods ranging from eggplant bharta to lamb vindaloo.

We got two appetizer orders of the tandoori mushrooms. They went fast. The lamb vindaloo and the chicken vindaloo were great but I liked the chicken vindaloo best. Lamb boti kabab was chunks of marinated tandoori lamb. Very good. The eggplant bharta disappeared very fast.

It was a great dining experience.

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deegie
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food nicely presented and courteously served in a lovely but casual setting. Live jazz on the weekends, but otherwise a quiet room.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We turned up at 1130 am as booked on open table. The restaurant was closed!!!! Super annoying. Please do not say you are open for reservations but are not open.

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ElisabethE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The tandoori salmon was absolutely divine, and there were several vegetarian options to choose from - so something for everybody. The live jazz was an unexpected treat!!!

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vipRachelle
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding brunch/lunch special with appetizer, main (veg or meat) including naan, lentils a vegetable side and rice pudding for a very reasonable price. Food is interesting, very tasty and beyond the standard fare. Service is great.

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lctnstn
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent Indian fare. Tables were a bit cramped for sharing dishes, but manageable. Wait staff was very friendly, but got a bit thin when the dinner rush picked up. Worth a visit!

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vipLainee
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and plentiful, not too noisy in back room, and the low key 3 piece combo was nice background music.

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vipSeanM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Live music was very nice.

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vipSimon
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was really good and the live jazz was a great touch without being over bearing noise. Good and reliable Indian food for the neighborhood.

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AllisonS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was absolutely delicious! The manager of the restaurant was incredibly attentive, and ensured our table was pleased.

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ejanszk
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very solid food. We had a delicious shrimp app, very good saag paneer and great eggplant bharta. There was also live jazz, which was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a nice restaurant. I liked the food a lot with a ton of vegetarian options. The service was great and they are very accommodating and attentive.

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vipBigdaddy
Denver
117 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really nice place. Very tasty food, with a good selection. Very friendly attentive service. Pretty inside-nice ambiance--well spaced tables.

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vipDavidA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, wonderful music and nice people. What a great combination for a nice evening.

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vipDoubleffs
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The sauces were great as were the apps, vegetable fritters, breads, chutneys, etc. However, all our dishes were overcooked. The Chicken Tikka was dry and barely edible. My husband had goat curry and the meat was extremely overcooked in chunks. Our guest had a fish dish and he said it was overcooked and the other guest had a vegetarian dish that she liked vey much. Nice place, nice people, nice jazz in the background. Too bad.

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vipmeme
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Can’t get enough of this place. My go to!

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vipNYCMom13
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent! Attentive service. Live music was lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Check it out

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vipMissClaire
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

After reading the high points of live music, a decent wine list, and innovative Indian food, we were disappointed to find piped in techno music, half the wines unavailable, and a filthy bathroom. Granted, the food was quite decent, especially the Tarragon chicken Tikka, but the rest was a stretch. Easy fixes if the management pays attention...

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elaine
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Very poor service. Great deal. But poor service. Food was ok

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vipMarianne
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Everything was pretty great except for the speed.
Recommended for the quality of food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service were exceptional.

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vipLosOsosJay
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was skeptical of the really positive reviews here and elsewhere, suspecting they had been planted by restaurant staff and other supporters. But after eating there, I have shelved my skepticism. My wife and I had a very tasty shrimp appetizer, and then an excellent lamb korma and paneer dish. Service was very solicitous, and the restaurant is quite attractive inside. I judge Asoka to be the best Indian restaurant on the UWS, and one of the best in NYC. Oh, they charge only $10 corkage if you bring in a bottle of wine.

FAQs

Ashoka - Upper West Side does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Ashoka - Upper West Side is rated 4.8 stars by 101 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.