Ashoka - Upper West Side

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91 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

BW
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Despite accepting our booking, the restaurant was closed

RT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

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

A
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

j'ai pris une réservation mais ils étaient fermés !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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!

L
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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..

G
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

DN
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

d
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

EE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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!!!

R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Live music was very nice.

S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

AS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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

e
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

B
Denver
92 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

DA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

D
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

m
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

NY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Check it out

MC
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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...

e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

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

M
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service were exceptional.

LO
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

M
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Great place for together

f
Miami
49 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

One hour before we got food
Every time we asked for something we had to do it more than once
They need to organize themselves better food is really good operations are not

e
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

TRADITIONAL NORTHERN INDIAN SPICEY FOOD IS DIFFICULT TO FIND IN NYC. MOST INDIAN RESTAURANTS "AMERICANIZE" THE FOOD-TAKE SHORT CUTS-AND DISAPPEAR QUICKLY. VERY FEW RESTAURANTS FOLLOW THE TRADITIONAL WAYS AND MARINATE FOR A DAY BEFORE COOKING.
ASHOKA IS EXCEPTIONAL AND THE BEST IN MY OPINION.

QF
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, great service, wonderful food, good music, reasonable prices... what a treat! We are so happy we found this place!!!

KO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Great food and the staff members were attentive and very pleasant. Can't wait to return

UW
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ashoka is a great choice for Indian food on the UWS. There is a lot of variety; portions were ample; and it was all good.

B
Denver
92 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

fun place, great menu--tasty food, great service--outdoor seating during good weather.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day

GG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Mediocre food but prices seemed reasonable. Sidewalk dining available

h
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Having read the reviews, we reserved for a party of five. The food was good and the beer was cold. Good value in this part of town. The only sour note was that we felt rushed, even though it was a Sunday night. At the one hour mark, the waiter was hovering to collect our platters even though we were not finished eating. Thus, it was not a really relaxing dinner and visit.

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