Chola

4.5
695 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A good choice for Indian food. Definitely try the okra, cauliflower and chilling onion naan.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

An excellent choice for an Indian Buffet Lunch in East Midtown. Both the buffet and added items, breads and tandoori chicken, were exceedingly well prepared and served hot. The buffet selection was quite wide with the exception of appetizers. The buffet was hot and items constantly refilled. Lamb, chicken and vegetables were of good quality and not overly spiced. The clientele represented a cross section of East and West.

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S
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very nice rebuild. Good staff, food is pretty good, if fairly standard. But expensive for what it is.

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b
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I liked the appetizers. I had a vegetarian lentil wrap that was so, so. Others at that table enjoyed their fish and meat dishes.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner including the lychee martini and tandoori chicken!

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AK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, a pleasure to order lots of different flavors and share with friends in a beautiful place. Thanks!

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f
New York Area
464 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very large and varied menu, with choices for everyone. Deliciously spiced food. Excellent service. Nice wine and beer list.
The best Indian food I have had in NYC and I live here.

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NN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The place was almost empty but it still took a very long time to get the naan and the entrees. We had lamb vindaloo and chicken tikka masala. I like Indian food to be hot and flavorful but both were fairly bland. The cauliflower appetizer was fabulous. Everything else was just OK, nothing great.

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JK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chola refurbished the entire restaurant - it looks lovely. The food is delicious. The price range - a little high.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, attentive service.

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RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food with lots of varieties

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TC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!!! Never been disappointed by this place.

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MK
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent tasty Indian food, great quality of meets and shrimp, and super attentive service.

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MK
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food and nice helpful staff

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S
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Can't beat the lunch buffet. Variety of meat and vegetable choices and lots of sides. Always meets my expectations.

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RA
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant offers a variety of food options. The quiet atmosphere and pleasant. The servers were very attentive to one's needs. They provide generous portions of food.

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CP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Entrées were not really juicy / creamy and a bit dry

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KL
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place, I always dine there solo and eat whatever I want I love the crispy hand rolled bread sticks , the chips at the end the service is impeccable staff waits on you hand and foot. Uts one of my favorite places.

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KA
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family loves Chola. The food is always delicious, the service is always friendly & helpful and the renovation is beautiful!

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SS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great lunch buffet. Delicious food with a nice number of vegetarian and non-veg entrees including soup(we had lentil), dessert(a type of rice pudding), choice if naan, and other items cooked fresh with lots of flavor in a nice setting. Great place to meet friends for lunch.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the best Indian food we have ever had.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing - I love this restaurant - the food and service is always top-notch

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S
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Can't beat luncheon buffet. Mant choices, everything fresh and delicious. Set price is great value and staff is always extremely helpful

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MA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always excellent food and attentive service. Great local place but worth taking the trip to get there. Convenient to Bloomy's and the subway there. Perfect Naan bread and typical Indian specialities.

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R
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best Indian food we have ever had, and we’ve tried a few hundred restaurants! We loved it so much that we ended up ordering a takeout the next evening at our hotel! Service was prompt and they included so many other goodies in the delivered order! If I could give them 10 stars I would!!!

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LB
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place we ate in our four days in the city and we went to "celebrity chef" restaurants. This is the real deal. Fabulous cocktails as well.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal in NYC! I love Indian food and this was by far one of the best meals I’ve ever had! Very attentive service and lovely atmosphere!

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S
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, served beautifully, host and servers couldn't be better

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TQ
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We love to go to Chola for a buffet but this time they went too far. They charged my little one for a buffet, who barely eats yogurt and rice. He can’t eat spices as he is a small kid, we have never been charged for his fee. This time, they charged and had a discussion amongst each other whether to charge or not. Can not believe this level of service, while the food is great, I would not return as their value for a family meal just went down. Disappointed!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best in new york and london

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RE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the lunch buffet which was excellent. Terrific selection. Plan on returning.

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PU
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

On the positive side the food was freshly made and tasty and the portions were ample. On the negative side I ordered a prosecco which arrived flat. It was obvious that the bottle had been opened for a while. I asked for a replacement and they opened a new bottle. Also I ordered fish (branzino) , )which was a first for me in an indian restaurant, and possibly the last. It was mostly skin.
My husband loved everything he ordered, and was particularly impressed with the service.

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SH
New York Area
331 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always amazing!

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S
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lunch Buffet was fabulous. Food delicious, incredible number of selections and very reasonably priced and service excellent. I have only been for dinner before, but will return often to take advantage of this wonderful buffet .

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Y
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service. Food was excellent, tried several new dishes and was quite pleased. Highly recommend.

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BA
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I got on time to my reservation and they told me they already closed the kitchen and offered me cold buffet food. I don´t know why they put available time slots if they will close the kitchen earlier.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Go for the garlic naan. Any paneer dish is amazing.

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m
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good indian kitchen. Service and prices ok. We wrote a 5 stars revue on TA.

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NJ
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely place, especially the very comfortable, well padded chairs. A pleasure to sit there. The food is very good, and way more plentiful than we've come to expect in Indian restaurants. Service is efficient and considerate. For example, we were going to theater nearby after dinner. We had lots of leftovers but didn't feel we could carry them with us and keep them unrefrigerated for several hours. The waiter suggested that they could keep the food for us and we could pick it up after the show. How usual is that?

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TQ
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food is excellent, tasty. They didn’t have mango lassi, apparently ran out of milk. They did get it eventually but never came back to us to ask if we still wanted the lassi, My son noticed they served it and was wondering why they didn’t bring him one. Eventually they got it for him. The tasting at the end was also not available, to my kids disappointment! Apparently they had a big party the night before so had run out but for the money we pay we should not be left with remnants from a party. Left disappointed.

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