Chote Nawab
Chote Nawab

Chote Nawab

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chotenawabnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2126794603
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:30pm Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Shiva Natarajan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Cater to all occasions

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 27th and 28th Street
  • Public Transit: 28th st subway
  • Parking: No
A word from Chote Nawab
Chote Nawab is restaurateur Shiva Natarajan’s latest culinary addition to Murray Hill. Chote Nawab quite literally translates to “Little Prince.” The Nawabs of India, mainly in the city of Lucknow, were very much the foodies of their day, known for their elaborate royal kitchens, hospitality and of course their Kababs. Chote Nawab features Kababs from Lucknow and “dum” Biryani from Hyderabad, which is cooked using a sealed pot technique to maximize flavor. The menu also has regional dishes from Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. Chote Nawab combines modern design elements, such as concrete walls, with Indian themed murals to create a contemporary, yet warm ambiance, which is a reflection of its in-house spice blends and authentic culinary style.
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Chote Nawab reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food4.1
    Service3.1
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)fit for foodies (7)good for groups (7)great for lunch (6)special occasion (3)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Tasted great, weird service
    Tess9680
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    All in all, happy with the experience. Nice decor, food tasted great, but the service was a little weird. They literally were clearing the table and taking plates while some people were still eating. Like, someone was reaching to serve himself rice and they were reaching over him to pull other things away. It was 7 pm; there were lots of open tables and no one was waiting to be seated. The vibe was sort of "you don't have to go home, but you can't stay here." Except that, once the entire table was clear, we sat for a long while before we could get anyone's attention to bring us the check. Weird.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food! Service was great too. Everything we have had at Chote Nawab has been excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good appetizers avg food
    empyrean
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were there for a dinner with some office folks, started off with a bunch of appetizers which were quite good esp the galoti kabab and tandoori chiken. The main course was disappointing and the service was very slow, it was rude and just for to get our drinks out it took them over 15 mins even when the place was empty. Not the best dining exp and I would not be recommending this place or going back there.
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  • A Curry Hill standout.
    PKmd
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    All the dishes we had were very freshly prepared, each with its very distinct and different taste. Service, a bit slow,but cordial.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but service lets it down
    MTKUK
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Good authentic food; nice ambience and nice for an office dinner. But service lets this place down - waiters are abrupt and need help clearing the tables and clear them before you've finished! Would still recommend.
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    good for groups, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    EllemayVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I've dined here many times and the food is very good, well prepared, and nicely presented. The menu is clear and it's easy to order with confidence. Modern decor a step above most restaurants on Curry Row. However, service is on the careless side. Stick to beer, wine, and the specialty drinks listed on the menus. The bar cannot mix a regular drink like a gimlet. The desserts are terrible but the hot tea is a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This restaurant has become one of the rare places in NYC I return to over and over. Great food for a great value. My favorites are the Sarsonwali Tikka and Bindi Sasuralwali.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best biryani in town
    Liguy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    If you want authentic dum pukht style mutton or chicken biriyani this is the place! The appetizers are Excellent and the prices reasonable. Going back
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    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Authentic Indian
    BelgianWaffleVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Ever since we moved back from London, we've been trying to find decent authentic Indian food in NY or Long Island. Well after trying both mid-range and high end restaurants, we had basically given up; that is, until we found Chote Nawab! Simply unforgettable. Just the right spice and so authentically flavored. We couldn't recommend it more highly. The only reason I give it 4 stars out of 5 (instead of 5 stars) is more due to the faster pace and loudness of the restaurant. But for top Indian cuisine in NYC, look to no other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Indian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    After living in India for 2 years and being entrenched in an Indian family I know good Indian food. This is a great choice in NYC.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 74 reviews are from the Chote Nawab reviews archive.
  • TopsqueezeVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We eat quite a bit of Indian food and definitely found this above par.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian Food
    frequenteaters
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    In general - very good food. We were a party of four and everybody liked the food they ordered a lot. I have a garlic allergy and they made sure this was taken care of. However, some of the dishes were clearly prepared in advance as I could not order them without garlic. This is a little minus in my view. The staff were friendly and had a good sense of humor.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find right in "Curry Hill"
    joeygartner
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Food was fantastic, albeit a little expensive for the portion sizes. Weird-but-true fact: best mango lassie I've ever had, as I normally don't like them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was average, I had
    feetonfire
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food was average, I had high expectations for the tunde kebab and was disappointed. The food is good by "New York" standards. If you have been to India and had authentic indian food, you will be disappointed. The Assorted kebabs were tasty. Overall it is your typical new york indian restaurant, food was average, this places lacks the "wow factor"
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    There was some kind of flavor missing from the curries we ordered. The chicken tika masala and the lamb red curry were just ok. Rice should come with the curry, we had to order it separately. It was ok. Nothing like the old Banana Leaf and their flavorful curries.
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  • Yum!!!
    StaceyM
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Best Indian food I have had outside of London. The lunch special is a great deal. Will definitely be back again!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • curry hill gem
    nycdiner
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Excellent Indian food-you can choose spice levels: mild, medium, hot. We got mild chicken tikka masala (very good), medium lamb madras (very good) medium shrimp curry (good). One nice perk was getting the windowside table looking out to the lit Empire State Bldg. Would eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • a delight -
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    I was with a party of 3 and we all enjoyed sharing our appetizers and main courses - The food was very flavorful with intense curry, and hot pepper flavors - it was a joy and superior to other Indian restaurants in the area. It's 5 Yelp Stars are well deserved. I'd definitely go again and recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Good spot for lunch
    babs
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Te food was well prepared, fresh...had not been left warming for hours as is the case in some Indian restaurants. Quiet at lunchtime, though I've heard it can get noisy at dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    And some choices I have not seen in another restaurant here in the US. Only in India! Vege seekh Kabab. Awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great 1st time experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    First time there was terrific. Went with a few people and we all enjoyed everything we tasted, appetizers and main dishes. The service very professional and friendly. I plan on going again. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Very good local spot that
    NYCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Very good local spot that had great cuisine. Glad this is in my neighborhood so I can frequent it often
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great dinner!
    DanM
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Chose this randomly off a Yelp review and was really pleased. Quality food and excellent service! Would definitely return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok Indian. Tried the Tunde
    BatteryChargerVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    ok Indian. Tried the Tunde Ka Kabob (minced lamb patty) appetizer that's been raved about online. Wasn't amazing, rather bland. Bindi Sasuralwali (okra) was better. Chicken Vindaloo was boring. Stay away from cocktails, poorly mixed; stick to the beer or whiskey. Service was friendly, attentive. There is better Indian in Murray Hill.
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  • Best Malai Kofta ever
    nycgalVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Their Malai Kofta is Must-Try. Some of the other items could be a tad bit less greasy. The rotis and naans are excellent as well and the staff is very polite and pleasant.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Excellent Indian Food
    FromNewEngland
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    This was my first foray to "Curry Hill" so I read many reviews and Chote Nawab had excellent ones! It lived up to the reviews, as everything we ate was delicious, perfectly spiced. I ordered the mixed kebab plate for $20! It was so much food, enough truly for 3 people to share it with a vegetable dish and be stuffed. Most of it had to go home with my friend as I was leaving town. It was truly amazing how much chicken, shrimp, lamb, etc was piled on this plate! Unbelievable and so moist and delicious. We had paleek paneer (spinach with cheese cubes) and it was also filled with large and luscious paneer Great Naan, buttery and crispy and soft at the same time. Excellent chutneys too. Highly recommended. I want to go back.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Taste, authentic spicy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Good Taste, authentic spicy food and great prices!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had their lunch menu. the
    koshyVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    Had their lunch menu. the food was delicious. indian lunches have always been a bargain pricewise. this holds true at chote nawab as well with the added fact that the food is delicious.
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  • This was my first experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    This was my first experience with Indian food. I was not disappointed at all. The food was great and service was awesome. The waiter we had gave us suggestions and he was spot on. I would recommend this place to my friends and family
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the specialty dishes!
    Brooklyner
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    I went with a group of 3 for dinner. We had a reservation and were promptly seated. The menu has a lot of the standards (chicken tikka masala, biryani), but I would recommend being adventurous and trying one of the regional specialties. I was blown away by the Mirapakaya Kodi (chicken tossed with coconut, green chilies and curry leaves), a real stand-out, spicy and tangy. The Malai Kofte were big and and had light texture (not a carb bomb, not greasy), a sweet creamy sauce that was a nice counterpoint to the spicy chicken. Efficient service, especially considering that it was packed! I want to go back and try everything else...
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    fit for foodies
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  • Food is good but poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    I like food at Chote Nawab but service is very slow.
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  • Good, but not great
    Mark
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    Chote Nowab is good, but it doesn't stand out in a neighborhood full of similar quality restaurants.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb n. Indian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    There is an eggplant appetizer that is just wonderful. Portions are big. Hot here means hot. The vindaloo is outstanding as is the aloo paratha. It has become our favorite Indian rest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, but loud, real loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    We'll still keep returning, despite the din. The food is that good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GET THE BIRYANI
    Iheartindianfood
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    This is really the best presentation of biryani I've ever seen. It comes in a pot with a thick puffy delicious naan baked on top. Really killer!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chote Nawab has the best combinatio
    BobbyBoy1971VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2013
    Chote Nawab has the best combination of food, service, and ambiance in this part of Manhattan for its genre. I discovered it while walking with a friend several months ago, and I have been back to entertain with many different friends and colleagues.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    I've been coming here frequently for the past year and it has been fantastic every time. I am a huge fan of this restaurant and am constantly discovering new things on the menu that I love. Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a standout - perfectly
    FTCNYCVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    Not a standout - perfectly fine food - but not much better than less expensive neighborhood offerings - nicer surroundings however. Kind of pricey for the quality actually comparatively (100+ for 4)
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  • Seems like a very reliable
    mos205VIP
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Seems like a very reliable choice for Indian. Will likely order from here in the future.
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  • Yet another filling tasty lunch!
    lacarteVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    Always consistantly good and reliable. Great tasty and fresh food and plenty to get full on! Mixed grill is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.