Chola
Chola

Chola

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fineindiandining.com/cholany.htm
  • Phone: 2126884619
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Shiva Natarajan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: We offer catering for all occasions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties are available for up to 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Shiva or Bist 2126884619

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
  • Public Transit: The 4,5,6, N, R & W Trains to 59th Street and Lexington Avenue Subway Station. The E & V Trains to 54th Street and 3rd Avenue.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Discount parking is available at 300 East 59 Street, $10 for 8 hours.
A word from Chola
Among top three Indian Restaurants in NYC. - ZAGAT 2006 and 2007

Chef Shiva Natarajan has appeared on The Martha Stewart show, Fox News, CBS and NBC. Rated very good and described as an "Indian Restaurant Breaks The Mold," by The New York Times. New York Magazine described Chola as the "Best Traditional Indian Restaurant." Some of famous celebrity clients include: Harrison ford, Calista, Chaka Khan, Woody Allen, Anthony Hopkins, Aishwarya Rai, Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachan and several other Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities.

Regional Specialties from Northern and Southern India.
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Chola reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (19)fit for foodies (18)neighborhood gem (17)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (5)special occasion (4)notable wine list (3)romantic (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great Indian
    midwestrns
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Delicious, authentic Indian food. One of my all-time favorite Indian restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    nice place. Excellent saag. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VMH218VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The waiters were very attentive and the host was extremely gracious with a great sense of humor. I will definitely go back and tell all my friends how great a place this is.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian food, extensive menu
    TDFoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The place looks tiny from outside but it's actually quite roomy inside. Excellent food with an extensive menu that goes around India. Good selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian items. They even have a vegan section if you have those in your party. Service could be a little better but much better compared to most Indian restaurants
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • indian
    mariamd
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food consistently good. Quite a variety of appetizers and main courses. Spice adjusted to diner's preferences
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spicing
    littlee
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I eat a lot of Indian and this is one of my top restaurants now. The flavoring was subtle yet spicy. I also heard servers dealing with customer complaints in the best way possible; offering something else, apologizing, very courteous.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chola 4 lyfe
    chola4lyfe
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I dined at chola with my girlfriend last night and the food was wonderful our server was very kind and quick. I will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter absolutely forgot us.
    Justcato
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Although there were only two other tables occupied in this good sized restaurant on sunday night when we were there, it may as well have been a packed house. We had to wait quite a while to have our order taken. The apps came out in an appropriate time, but were delivered to us by someone other than the waiter, which was fine, because they were hot.Waiter was on the phone, talking loudly. We waited so long for dinner to arrive that I honestly wasn't even hungry anymore.The entrees were barely even WARM. Clearly, they had been sitting a good 15-20 minutes. Rather than send them back to be heated, we just took them home! Waiter was on the phone again when we left- and did not seem interested in our plight.
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  • magichka
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    great food. good service... nice. first class., well priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful food, awful service-buffet
    rainieVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    All of the different vegetarian dishes had the same generic greasy sauce....spices were not used. The naan had a rubbery texture with no flavor. Coconut chutney, only chutney offered also devoid of spices. Dosas had greasy texture with a tiny trace of potato for filling. Only tandoori chicken offered was single small drumstick. Server never asked if we wanted more, probably knew how awful the food was. We had to ask for the check 3 times before we were able to pay. Had to keep requesting that we be checked in for our reservation. Finally, used our smartphone screen to show manager that staff did not check us in although said they did. Ate in this restaurant years ago....it had delicious food and gracious service those days are now over.
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  • Excellent
    Steve
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Top Indian restaurant with extensive menu, including strong vegetarian choices. Everything is beautifully prepared and presented with attentive service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs a kick in the pants
    NYCJ
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The food here is wonderful, some dishes quite creative - but try to get service! There were basically two waiters in the dining room on the evening of our visit, one of whom repeatedly approached our table in a promising way then veered off and quickly walked away at the last minute - I thought there might be some kind of hidden camera spoof going on. I would go back for the food but I wouldn't take anyone I was trying to impress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best buffet ever!
    crazee4nyc
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The travel book, Frommer's recommends Chola and they, as usual, nailed it. The first thing that hits you is the wonderful aroma as you walk inside. The staff was prompt and friendly too. We opted for.the buffet and it was a hit! Succulent lamb, amazing paneer (always a favorite of mine),tender juicy chicken and just the right level of spices. I would definitely eat here again!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 423 reviews are from the Chola reviews archive.
  • Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I craved Indian food and this place delivered. It was a bit on the expensive side however, for the quality of food it served. Will def return though.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tomb
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food is always excellent. Service is good. Brought two new friends for dinner last Saturday, and was not nervous about the food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MNYC
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We are Inidian cuisine enthusiasts and have travelled to India several times. Although not on the same levels as some of the luxury Indian hotel dining rooms, Chola holds a good second place. The cauliflower appetizer is excellent and should be ordered.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Indian Food
    Patricia
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We had a reservation for 6:00PM which we found was not necessary since we were the only diners in the restaurant for the first 1/2 hour but many of the tables were full by the time we left. Food and service was good. We were surprised that rice wasn't included with the meal but had to be purchased separately. Overall good experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Indian buffet
    Alice
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The buffet is very nice food and good variety. Nice that they separate the vegetarian for those who would need to know. The service is a bit scattered but more or less OK. The buffet lunch is well priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Indian Food but a bit costly
    Dadon
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Chola offers good Indian food but the prices are a bit on a high end for restaurants of its kind.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food -
    Skip
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Had the chicken and lamb korma, with naan, lemon and coconut rice. The coconut rice tasted like popcorn. Movie theater popcorn. I don't know how they did it, but it was amazing. I couldn't stop eating it. I'd go back just for that. Seriously. The rest of the dinner was great too, best I've had in the US. But the rice is the memory I'll keep with me. I also had a pineapple breeze martini that was no slouch. I'll bring people here. It's now my first thought when Indian is an option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Authentic South Indian cuisine:
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Authentic South Indian cuisine: great vegetarian selection. Non need to be afraid of the spice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the buffet at lunch is an
    amyrVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    the buffet at lunch is an amazing value and boasts one of the widest selections of dishes I've seen at any Indian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice service, tasty food
    mpettVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    This restaurant is a few blocks away from my office so I end up there for lunch and dinner fairly often. Dinner here is a nice experience. The food is good and seems unique, different from other Indian restaurants I've tried. The owner comes around and talks to people at their tables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfull place ...
    Dorica
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Very nice restaurant wirh delicious food... Really the Best Indian Restaurant in NYC!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Delicious
    LynnATL
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Found this gem on YELP. The reviews say it all -- great place to eat delicious Indian food. A group of us meet for dinner. I arrived very early and they gladly let me hang out the table until the rest of my party arrived. We ate family style to best enjoy the menu and sample several dishes. Every bite was perfectly spiced and so delicious. And we went home with leftovers for lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food!
    Joao
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    If you are looking for best Indian cuisine ever in New York, go to Chola. It is really there!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Shir
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This is the only Indian Restaurant that actually listens when you ask for mild! Otherwise, most restaurants still make the food too spicy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid choice for Indian Food
    Bendy
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Nice, comfortable restaurant., with mainstream Indian dishes, served hot. Attentive service. If I lived in Manhatten I'd be a regular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Indian Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    I'm a vegan, but I went there with a group that had mixed diets. Everyone was happy and I was extremely pleased that there were specifically categorized "vegan" options. I had the Aloo Bindi, a potato, okra, and tomato dish. The okra wasn't mushy and it was seasoned to perfection. And our table had lemon rice and coconut rice and the way that rice felt apart and tasted was heavenly. I would recommend this restaurant and the reviews were consistent with the actual service and food. Thanks Open Table for making my job easier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Indian Food
    rkakarala
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We went on Sunday for their Brunch Buffet; I am not usually a fan of Indian Restaurant buffets, they are usually very limited and the food is not that good. This was the exception, the food was spectacular. They had a range of foods from South Indian to North with vegan and vegetarian options. The highlights were the Goat Byrani; the sambar; dal. It was a very nice touch that they bring fresh made tandoori chicken drumsticks and small masala dosas to the table. How can you not like a place that has both pani puri and idlis. They have some wonderful cocktails, highly recommend the ginger vodka martini concoction
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • inventive food
    tabletopper
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    An excellent dining experience. The menus is creative with many dishes not typical for an Indian restaurant. Wonderful flavors in all the food categories. Excellent, attentive and professional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good Indian food -
    dinedevineVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Really good Indian food - certainly a cut above the usual Indian restaurants. Lovely balance of flavours and enough spice to make it interesting. Service a bit intermittent - on a not too busy night - but well worth going for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Buffet Lunch
    hcreviewer
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    A group from work went to Chola for the buffet lunch. Great food--delicious, well made, and a variety of offerings (more than just the usual Indian dishes).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but cold
    Pete
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Food was excellent, but a cold breeze rushed trough the restaurant (wintertime)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New (for me) midtown restaurant
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Great Indian food, lovely atmosphere. We were three of us, so shared several starters then also shared a couple of Tandoori mixed grills. Because of our schedule, our reservation was for and early Sunday dinner (5:00 pm) so we were alone in the restaurant for almost an hour before other diners started trickling in. Hence the "Quiet" for Noise Level. Perhaps it got a little louder as it filled up later in the evening, but for us it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty & Hot (temperature)
    NotcheckingbagsVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    Really nice selection of very fresh dishes. Naan was just right and the sauces were delicious. Spice heat ranges available for the full spectrum; very high quality. Service was great; attentive without hovering and we never felt rushed. Will absolutely visit again when we're in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian food in town.
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Best Indian food in town. The restaurant is always full with local Indian families enjoying the food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    yumm
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    What a great restaurant! We had a great experience and the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian food ever!
    KathyM72
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    My husband and I just had another wonderful dining experience at Chola last Saturday night. We have been coming here for approx. 8 years and we have always had nothing less than delicious meals here. The staff is warm and accommodating, which makes dining here even more rewarding. From our appetizers, masala dosa and a spinach and cheese combination in a tangy nut sauce, to our entrees, lamb vindaloo and chicken korma, the food was delicious. The food always tastes authentic. We have taken several out- of state family members to Chola when they come to visit. Many of them have said it was the best Indian food they've ever had. Thanks again to Chola for a special dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a highly overrated
    AshS
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    This is a highly overrated restaurant. The food is not good and the service leaves much to be desired. All in all, a poor choice if you wanted to have an authentic Indian dinner.
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