Foodie Fridays: aRoqa

Foodie Fridays: aRoqa

As a New Yorker, trying out new restaurants is almost a given. It’s one of my favorite activities to try out with friends and a great way to check out new food.

Indian cuisine is one that I’m not all too familiar with. I had a very white-washed childhood; the majority of my food was American, consisting of burgers or hot dogs or steak. It wasn’t until I moved to NYC that I really started exploring different cuisines.


aRoqa is a newly opened Modern Indian restaurant located in Chelsea, with a menu of Indian & Western flaired dishes (such as kataifi wrapped mushrooms with goat cheese).

In case you were wondering, the name aRoqa comes from the word “roka” which is a term for an Indian engagement ceremony, where friends and family get together to eat and drink together.



The interior is Chelsea sexy, and by Chelsea sexy, I mean decorated in black with suede walls and accented with gold fixtures.

The drink menu is eclectic and. . .different, but different in the best ways. You’ll find cocktails with ingredients such as olive oil or peas or balsamic vinegar.

The presentation was top notch, with every cocktail coming out in a unique vessel with embellishments such as smoke or fire. The food dishes themselves were placed on little carriages or bicycles. There was definitely a lot of care taken to provide an experience for the diner.


I think this restaurant is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene in Chelsea, which admittedly, is not a neighborhood I venture out to that often. More for logistics reasons (my trains and work are on the East side) but with this new opening, I can see myself meeting a girlfriend at the bar for a drink and some appetizers or going here for a sexy date night.

If you’re in the area, make sure to check it out!


206 Ninth Avenue

(646) 678-5471

  • Robin Rue

    I will be down in NYC next month, so I will have to add this to my list of places to eat while I am there. It sounds great.

  • Melissa Chapman

    It is great to hear about a different restaurant in the city. I am not in Chelsea too often but those drinks would be a good reason to go.

  • This looks like a great place! I love Indian food, so this is something that I would for sure check out if I was in the area.

  • Shannon Patterson

    I don’t know too much about Indian food either, but all of this looks delicious! I’ll add aRoqa to my list of places to try!

  • I am so jealous! everything looks so so good! I love Indian food! Always so tasted and the flavors are so amazing!

  • interNATionalcaty

    Wow!! Everything looks yummy especially the cocktails. What is in the green cocktail?

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    This place is gorgeous. Everything looks amazing. I could eat and drink just about one of everything.

  • Wow! What interesting dishes? I’m always looking for something new to cook so I’d bookmark these.

  • deanna

    It sounds really nice. I am a big fan of Indian cuisine. It is one of my favorites. If I am ever in that area I will check it out.

  • Cassie Liz

    This place looks amazing! What inventive dishes they have and I love your photos here too! REally makes me want to visit ASAP

  • Lois Alter Mark

    That food looks incredible! My son lives near Chelsea and I’m sending this to him so next time I go visit, he’ll make a reservation for us!

  • Muna Kenny

    The images are amazing. The food presentation is so creative. Would love to check this place out.

  • I loved trying new places in New York City too. Your experience at aRoqa looks and sounds absolutely amazing!

  • Pam

    WOW. It all looks delicious!! I haven’t tried too many Indian dishes, but the ones I have, I liked.

  • Beth Davidson

    My husband has never been to NYC, so we are planning a trip as soon as he finishes grad school. But I really have to stop reading food posts, we’re going to go broke and get fat trying all this deliciousness!

  • Wow, how amazing! Everything looks scrumptious and cool! I was in NYC years ago and hope to get back. They have the best places to eat.

  • Amber Nelson

    That looks really interesting! We don’t have any cool food like that in our area!

  • Isn’t it amazing when you get the chance to try food from different countries without having to travel?! This sounds like a lovely restaurant! The food does look amazing!

  • The presentation is absolutely flawless and I love Indian food. I like that Aroqua infuses Western cuisine in its Indian menu as well x

  • Denay DeGuzman

    I’d love to travel to New York not just to see the famous sites, but to really experience all of the fantastic food and drinks. Although I’m sitting at my desk in California, your gorgeous images take me there…

    • Me too! I am so hungry just thinking about delicious Indian food and I always love places that create fusion cuisine as well x

  • Sona Sethi

    The presentation would make anyone and everyone so hungry!! Being an Indian, this post is absolutely heart warming.

  • Wow, these photos are a-ma-zing! I’ve never been to New York, but have always wanted to go since I listened to “New York State of Mind” for the first time!

  • I love that the food presentation has a whimsical touch to it. It all looks so incredibly delicious.

  • Blair Villanueva

    When I got a chance to visit New York, I would definitely pay a visit and dine here at aRoqa. The name per se sounds exotic!

  • I have been to NYC a couple of times, and the food is to die for! So many options! The food here looks amazing. I’m not sure if I will ever be close enough to go here, but I would love to!

  • Wow, stunning dishes! New York has so many incredible dining experiences – adding this one to my bucket list!

  • That presentation, tho! Wow. I’ve never been to NYC, and maybe I’m a little glad because I would spend my entire time eating! haha

  • Jessica Taylor

    I have never tried any Indian food, but I heard it is amazing! I will definitely check this place out next time we head there!

  • Looks delicious. I love living in NYC and being able to explore all the different types of cuisine. My kids look forward to it.

  • Kaity Johnson

    This place looks absolutely gorgeous! The next time I plan a visit to New York I’ll have to add this spot to my to-try list.

  • Jeanine @

    Wow, how gorgeous does all of this look. How amazing. We’ve never been to NYC and would love to at some point! So awesome.

  • This looks awesome! I’m so blessed to live in London where we have similar amazing venues for food and drinks. Your pictures are stunning!

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    Wow I have never heard of this restaurant and it looks so exotic and cool! I will have to keep it in mind next time I am in the city.

  • I need to try this place. I’ve never really tried Indian food before but it all looks delicious!

  • Carolyn

    I would love to check this place out. The last time I was in the city we went to some fun sophisticated places so I’ll definitely to put this restaurant on the list.

  • Cristina Leau

    Wow, the photos are amazing. I want to eat everything from there.

  • Maro Akamatra

    Those dishes look almost too beautiful to eat. Almost being the word her lol. I would eat them in a NY minute.

  • Wow, the food presentation is beautiful! Indian is something I’ve never really tried either, but my friends and family love it! Next time I’m in NYC I’ll have to give this place a try.

  • The presentation of this restaurant is just amazing. And the food looks even more spectacular.

  • Rachel Catherine

    This looks delicious! I only discovered Indian food asI love it now and even have my husband eating it.

  • Candy Rachelle

    I’m not into Indian food but the presentation here is absolutely wonderful and tempting!

  • HilLesha

    Gorgeous photos! I love Indian food, so I’ll definitely have to go to this restaurant if I’m ever in NYC.

  • Anosa Malanga VA

    I am also exploring and researching about the places that is recommended to try. I need to google this if available in my location. Looks interesting and the food looks delicious too.

  • Yeu Doi

    This looks like a classy and fine place to dine – my kind of date night restaurant. Great photos!

  • Brandi Puga

    Wow, the presentation of everything is fabulous! The drinks in particular make me want to go here! I love places that make great food in decent portions and still manage to display it all wonderfully!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg so much yumminess!!!! The best part of big cities is all the deliciousness food!! Makes me miss living in a city!

  • Ophelia Tang

    These photos look great. The food looks delicious and the restaurant has great decor. Thanks for sharing.

  • adapperchick

    I’m always in the area and I didn’t know about them. I might just head for date night.

    Thanks for the recommendation.

  • TheLocdBella

    I don’t feel too NY-er right now. THis is a really cool spot for a quick lunch. Definitely looking into this.