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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
Visiting NYC and went to some great places. Wanted to check the box on Indian food and this place happened to be in the right neighborhood for where we were at the time and had a solid NYT review from 20 yrs ago. We weren't expecting much from a place with a buffet. But we were pleasantly surprised at how great the food was and how attentive the staff was. I wouldn't seek it out again but would go there often if I worked nearby
It was hard finding an Indian Restaurant near Astoria, NY. Luckily, I came across Chola. I was looking for something fancy and appealing for my boyfriend's birthday. I was a bit afraid to try this place out because regardless of how fancy a place may look, looks are often quite deceiving. Our visit turned out better than I expected. The restaurant consisted of highly professional and friendly staff that greeted us and did not rush us (Unlike many other restaurants) when closing hour was near. As for the food, it was amazing and affordable, price was expected. The restaurant had the perfect cozy environment, quite fancy actually for something affordable in Manhattan. During my visit it seemed as if people from businesses came together to eat out. It is not your typical Desi (South Asian- Pakistani, Bengali, or Indian people) environment. Majority of the people were not Indian or South Asian so that meant the food really must be that great if it is attracting people from different cultures.
If you're looking for a high-quality Indian brunch buffet at an excellent price, Chola can't be beat, especially in Midtown East which can be pricey. Great selection of Indian staples (chicken tikka masala, paneer saag, etc.) at a fixed price. Only gripe: not many appetizers.
We've been to Chola many times and it never disappoints. The food is amazing, the staff works hard and I have never felt like I've waited or wanted something when there. Most recent dining, we asked for brown basmati rice since we're off refined white and they accommodated us. I can't ask for more. I highly recommend Chola!! (:
They have the best Indian food around. Everything always prepared exactly as ordered and willing to customize if want to change some ingredients. The service is very friendly and attentive. Everyone I have recommended it to has thanked me for passing it along. Highly recommend for great Indian food at reasonable prices.
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.
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