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Aroqa's vindaloo momos | © Evan Sung
Aroqa's vindaloo momos | © Evan Sung
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NYC’s Indian Restaurant Boom Continues With These Newcomers

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NYC Food & Drink Editor
Updated: 21 September 2017
Earlier this year, we noted that New York was in the throes of a massive Indian restaurant resurgence. We’re pleased to see it’s continuing, with several notable newcomers opening since this spring. Here are a few of our favorites.

aRoqa

Restaurant, Indian, $$$
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Black-walled, cavelike aRoqa serves flashy, Instagram-friendly, of-the-moment nouveau-Indian fare. The menu comprises mostly small plates, which may ride in on a toy truck or a small wooden wagon or even a bicycle. The cocktails are every bit as showy as the food—they might arrive at your table smoking with dry ice (as might a dessert), or with a lime set aflame. Standout dishes include sunchoke chaat with pomegranate, and confit duck leg in coconut curry.
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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat:
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Sun:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun:
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm

Rahi

Restaurant, Indian, $$$
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The short-lived Tapestry has been reborn as Rahi, with a more strictly Indian bent than its globally inspired predecessor. This time around, the kitchen is overseen by Mumbai native Chintan Pandya, formerly of Michelin-starred Junoon. We loved the baingan bharta (served in a trendy glass jar, because of course), the cake-like kaffir lime dhokla, and the mishti doi “cheesecake” dessert.
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Mon - Thu:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Babu Ji

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Indian, $$$
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Arguably the pioneer of the current Indian trend, in its original incarnation on Avenue B, Babu Ji shut in March, about a year and a half after it originally opened. It was soon reincarnated in a new location near Union Square at the end of May. Just as trendy as ever, the menu of this second coming is nearly the same as the original, with playful takes on Indian flavors in dishes such as “unauthentic butter chicken” and—our fave—yogurt croquettes in a neon-pink beet & ginger sauce.
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Mon - Thu:
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat:
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sun:
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sun:
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Old Monk

Restaurant, Indian, none
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Old Monk, which took over Babu Ji’s former Avenue B location and is named for a brand of Indian rum, resembles its predecessor in both aesthetics and cuisine. There’s again a pronounced low-key hipster vibe and Indian posters on the walls, and the menu (billed as “contemporary Indian soul food”) features dishes like lentil “risotto” with tomato chutney, and lamb chops marinated in the restaurant’s namesake rum.
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Tue - Thu:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sun:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Badshah

Restaurant, Indian, $$$
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A veteran of Babu Ji is helming Badshah’s kitchen and turning out pan-Indian dishes not unlike those he was cooking at Babu Ji, such as gol goppa and General Tso’s cauliflower. The extensive menu skews slightly more traditional at the Hell’s Kitchen spot, but still includes dishes that could’ve been either conceived of or named by Guy Fieri, like chicken-bacon-ranch naan and “badass” chicken tikka.
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sun:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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