Chola

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$30 and under
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Since opening doors in 1998 to a New York Times review, "an Indian restaurant breaks the mold,” Chola has been at the forefront of innovating Indian cuisine in NYC. Now focusing on flavors derived from the 8,000 miles of Indian coastline, Chola presents these seaside delicacies in a modern, fine-dining context.

This Fall 2019, Chola’s new menu embarks on a journey along the shores of the western states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Kerala, to the eastern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Bengal. Join us as we explore the best of what India’s coastal palate has to offer.

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BigDaddy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food and intimate and relaxing ambience. Very much recommend

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vipWarrenS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chola has changed for the better. the ambiance has improved and so has the quality of the cooking. They have a nice section for "street food" and the vegetarian dishes have improved taste as compared to past times.
For an upscale Indian restaurant which is not crazy priced Chola should be on the list.

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vipCarlo
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

delicious food but quite noisy; we were at a table for 5 and could barely hear our friends on the other side.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My husband cannot have garlic and they were on top of it before we even asked our server about it. They were very helpful in making suggestions. Most restaurants and give you something bland and boring. Chola served lentils and salmon without garlic and they were delicious. The service is top notch and the food is delicious.

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MayurG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent, and authentic. On a Tuesday night we visited, the restaurant was not busy, so it made for a really nice, quiet dining experience. Would recommend the restaurant to anyone. A note about the cocktails - though they sound exotic in their descriptions, order carefree, as they do not stray too far from the traditional. The only reason I dinged them on the atmosphere is because the staff was preparing for the next day's lunch buffet while we were still enjoying our dinner.

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vipMichelleM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Couldn’t believe we’d never been to Chola as it’s in the neighborhood. The food is excellent as is the wait staff. We had a large group that included a stroller and everyone was very accommodating. Some type of wet wipe or finger bowl would be nice after eating the crab dishes - they are covered in delicious curry but served in shell so it’s a bit of a mess. Overall a great dining experience - we will be back!

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vipCellaChick
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was awful!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They brought out a special birthday dessert it was lovely and sweet.

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openmouth
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third time here since discovering it a couple months ago. We love this restaurant - the food, ambience, staff, management, service and experience. It’s amazing! We first came with guests and keep coming back to treat more guests. Today, we brought my brother who’s visiting from LA and said their garlic naan was the best he’s had in his life. His sister in law who lives here joined us and she agreed and said the food was “unreal”. Chola always exceeds our expectations! Thank you!

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Eddie
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, fresh and great selection. Staff was friendly and attentive

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chola was outstanding from the time we walked in to the time we left. 1 member of our party arrived a little early and they seated them at our table. We sat and from the appetizers to the entree what ever questions she had about the entree our waiter explained what it is and how it is made. He was excellent. He also paired our meats to the type of rice we should have with it.!! I was an excellent dining experience. Definitely going back.

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vipPete
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Good service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Awful food. Greasy. Gelatinous sauces.

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GregoryI
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Salty main dishes and promised vegetable where absent, not even a small potato, only meet and can sauce. They give a bad name to Indian food, Mitali and Haveli Indian restaurants closed for similar reasons.

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AmyB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious and satisfying lunch buffet. Very clean and lively. Great value!

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wassilas
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good lunch place. Beautiful restaurant and great service. I just wish the lunch buffet was slightly cheaper than 18 dollars.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner from start to finish. Blissful food and excellent hospitality.

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vipWarrenS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has really improved over the years especially within the past few months.
The food is many steps up from the usual Indian restaurant.

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vipAprilMay
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant atmosphere; staff friendly, helpful and efficient; food very good snd certainly plentiful

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laurenceh
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our alternative thanksgiving and we had no regrets! Friendly ambience and the place was full on thanksgiving evening within an hour of opening. Every time the sizzling tandoori dishes came through the restaurant on a cart, the smells and sizzling sounds were amazing.

The chicken dishes were flavorful and I have to say the lamb chops from the tandoor were generous and tasty.

All Washed down with a decent bottle of Sancerre. I will return!

Service could be a little better. Order taking was friendly, helpful and polite. Cleanup was a bit abrupt before we had finished. One dish was forgotten but our waiter was quick to refund since we all already had a bounty of food on the table for our party.

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MattT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and amazing service. Best Thanksgiving Meal ever!

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vipComeryrezar
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unusual in that it specializes in food from the Coastal regions of India, including the South, the South-West, and the East. Excellent cooking - we loved the Kerala prawns in coconut milk sauce, the saag paneer, the chicken malai kebab, and the chaat dishes we ordered as appetizers.

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vipSparky
New York Area
158 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant. Food delicious, great service, staff always helpful.

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vipHello
New York Area
174 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy the delicious food selections at the lunch buffet. Varied, interesting. We will definitely return.

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vipSundayman
New York Area
173 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb in every way. Food is amazingly good and service is as well. My only negative comment is that the Malbec by the glass was better in the past and the pour was more generous in the past as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently delicious. The restaurant is just lovely and very cozy I find. Staff is always very welcoming and helpful. I’ve taken many friends and family here and they all think it’s the best Indian food they have ever had. I agree!

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vipgoodeats
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, well served. Best part is that we could hear each other talk.

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vipyukio
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

way over priced and service not so good. a regular brown rice cost 6 bucks on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Bad food n service

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kenS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

I had been in Chola for lunch buffet a few years back. Food was very good with reasonable price. This week, I decided to invite my relatives to this restaurant and end-up so disappointing. My sister ordered a coconut drink and it was so salty. I ordered their specialty Koris Gassi because I like masala. The manager described the dish has a thinner sauce than Tikka Masala. I was willing to try something different. When the dish came out, it was a bright yellow color thick sauce. It doesn't seem like red masala at all. I asked two servers about the dish and they couldn't name the dish I was eating. They told me they have to look into my check to find out but they never came back for an answer. I strongly believed they gave me a butter chicken dish but refused to admitted the mistake. I also ordered Garlic Naan. It was the worst Naan I ever had. I don't smell any garlic at all. The Naan was soft and didn't like come out from Tandoor oven, rather from microwave. Also, the service is very slow, we waited about an hour and half to get our dinner. Took us a total of three hours for this dinner. I had much better lunch buffet food in an Indian restaurant at Jackson Height, Queens. The lunch is around $13 pp.

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vipHotdog12
Miami
55 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Usually better service. They were overwhelmed tonight.

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vipDoc2183
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Was pleasantly surprised

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was delicious. They got our order wrong for appetizers and took a very long time to serve the entrees. But were very nice.

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Carolina
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was insanely delicious. I ordered muligatney soup which I usually do in other places and this soup, by far was the most unique and best tasting soup I have had. It was amazing. The chicken tikka masal was divine, and it is a dish I order all the time. The cauliflower appetizer was like none I have ever tasted and delicious. The special birthday desert of rasmalai was also superb. I aboslutely love this place. hats off to the chef. The service was excellent as well. Overall, a little pricey but damn well worth it!

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vipHello
New York Area
174 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chola has delicious food and their lunch buffet is of great value.

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TimB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This small and very consistently good restaurant has been on 58th street for years, it is our go to choice for Indian food. And don't miss their buffet lunch when in midtown during the day.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been regulars at Chola for several years now. It is the most authentic Indian food in NYC! We always brings friends and family here and Chola’s quality of food and service never fails! All our friends love their food! Consistently the best Indian food we have had in nyc!

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JasonE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was all fantastic and the service was attentive and accommodating for our large group.

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vipJoanK
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner at Chola. My only complaint is they charge extra for the Basmati Rice. At many restaurants it is included. The portions are a nice size. And, yes, we'll go again soon.

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vipNYCGourmand
New York Area
190 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent assortment of well-prepared Indian dishes!

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