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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.
New York, NY 10022
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer catering for all occasions.
Discount parking is available at 300 East 59 Street, $10 for 8 hours.
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.
Private Party Facilities:
Private parties are available for up to 50 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Shiva or Bist: (212) 688-4619
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Chola Ratings and Reviews
Chola's uncommon 5PM opening time allowed for a relaxed pre-concert feast. The eagerly helpful waiters were closely supervised by their manager, Nisar, who noted the dietary restrictions (allergies, no dairy, no gluten) of several members of our party, and was able to suggest items which either already met our needs, or could be modified to meet these needs, under his direction, without sacrificing flavor and subtlety. Particularly delicious was Chingri Malai Curry, spiced prawns in coconut milk, and Lamb Dhansak, prepared with lentils, tamarind, and spinach. Prices were reasonable, except for the overpriced wine list, which was not up to the very high standards of the entrees.
This was my first time at this restaurant. I found it through opentable. I like Indian curries , ordered chicken tikka masala, it was very delicious, served in a nice way. Atmosphere of the restaurant was nice. It looked like they care about being tidy and clean. Overall liked it very much. I will visit it again to try other meals !
All good things come to an end. Haven’t been here for a few years and it’s not the same restaurant except in name. Menu was unfamiliar, ( not even the same as on the website), food was totally different. The rich wonderful Indian food no more. One appetizer looked and tasted Chinese! The library wallpaper was strange, the new decor reminds me of restaurants in suburban malls. Maybe that is the new direction, more hybrid, more Americanized. Staff was cordial and helpful, but I think I have to cross it out from my list after all these years, c’est la vie.
The food was excellent. I have there 3-4 times when visiting the city and the food is always very good. The level of spiciness is generally good and they will take it up a notch if you express interest. For those who love spicey food; try the phall -- excellent option but not for the faint of heart.
Good food. Restaurant had 3 tables at the time. Food delivered to our table and that was the last we saw of our server. Had to find someone to refill water. Had to get up to find someone to pay bill. When not busy, why do so many places such as this simply quit being of service. I'm done with this place - too bad because food is good.
One of our favorite Indian restaurants in the city. Delicious food, gracious service, and a consistently satisfying experience. The waiter recommendations are always great; we love the okra & lime appetizer, any of the coconut curries, and the naan and roti breads especially. Great cocktails from the bar as well. Nicely situated at the edge of the UES and midtown, close to the 63rd St. Q station.
We were surprised because we've liked their Sunday buffet in the past. Maybe because it was Father's Day the staff was not up to par. We had to ask several times for them to label the dishes on the buffet. When I asked for tamarind sauce, a condiment staple, they said it took long to prepare. Then they brought me a thumb size cup. How do you eat idly, samosas w/o tamarind?!! The fish was fishy. Then again maybe because of holiday. I was willing to give them a pass but my husband will not go back.
Indian cuisine is often overlooked and misunderstood . The flavors and complexity of the dishes at Chola challenge that premise. All of the dishes here are winners , just be a little adventurous and you will be rewarded for your exploration of this exotic cuisine.
Let me start off by saying that this place got the best lasuni gobi (crispy cauliflower) I ever tasted. The guy who took care of us was helpful. Everything was fine, but when we got the bill, we wanted to redem a opentable coupon for $50 dollars. We were told by a different server that we needed a printed out verison or they said cant redem it. We dinned in many restaurants and redemed our coupons and this the first time we came across a problem like this. We asked if they could print it out using their computer, but they said they cant access it. We called this place after making the reservation and asked what we needed to redem the coupon and someone said the phone copy was fine, but this guy was saying they informed us wrong. He suggested that we can go to the local duane reade store and print out the coupon. Me and gf smiled at each other. This was belond ridiculous. Then we got fed up and gave my card. My gf said she is ready to pay the total amout and they started discussing about the check and said they would fix the problem and then they redemed the coupoun. They only said that after realizing it's an opentable coupon. Overall great food but that second guy was very rude in handling the situation.
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