New Indian Restaurant aRoqa Brings Your Dish To Life In A Way You Don’t Want To Miss

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Chef/Owner Gaurav Anand brings food and drink alive through his new modern Indian restaurant aRoqa in Chelsea, NYC. The restaurant’s name itself is a reference to an Indian engagement ceremony and party, or a Roqa – a fun and festive affair. The entire dining experience will both entice and engage guests as they enjoy cuisine that was inspired by the interplay of flavors and ingredients, especially in street foods in places as diverse as Mexico, India and Asia.

Anand plays up the cultures’ street food through playful serving vessels, made custom in India, such as carts, bicycles and mini trucks. To amp things up, he brings fire and ice into the mix. Check out some of the intricate and tasty delicacies below.

Shadowplay is smoky in taste and appearance mixing mezcal, clementine, cactus water, turmeric, ginger and lime. The drink arrives in a two piece bespoke clay pot with smoke billowing from the bottom thanks to dry ice.
Shadowplay is smoky in taste and appearance mixing mezcal, clementine, cactus water, turmeric, ginger and lime. The drink arrives in a two piece bespoke clay pot with smoke billowing from the bottom thanks to dry ice.

Photo Credit: Evan Sung

aRoqa Achari Murgh Chicken Phyllo by Evan Sung
Achari Murgh Lukhmi are pulled chicken wrapped in sheets of homemade phyllo with pickle marinade and herb-raisin chutney – served in the bed of a toy truck.

Photo Credit: Evan Sung

For dessert, Daulet Ki Chaat, a tres leches-inspired dessert with a baba rum base, saffron milk foam and blackberries is served in a clay vessel that releases dry ice smoke, unveiling the light and delicate treat.
For dessert, Daulet Ki Chaat, a tres leches-inspired dessert with a baba rum base, saffron milk foam and blackberries is served in a clay vessel that releases dry ice smoke, unveiling the light and delicate treat.

Photo Credit: Evan Sung

Location: 206 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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