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Chola

4.4
631 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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  • Authentic
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 688-4619
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Shiva Natarajan
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Private party facilities
Private parties are available for up to 50 guests.
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Private party contact
Shiva Or Min: (212) 688-4619
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Catering
We offer catering for all occasions.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
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Parking details
Discount parking is available at 300 East 59 Street, $10 for 8 hours.
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Public transit
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.
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Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Sun 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Sat 5:00PM - 10:00PM

What 631 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.2
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Lunch buffet is always fantastic, even if you arrive 30 mins before they take it down. And they usually bring a couple tandoori chicken wings or some other little app to the table. I had a friend visiting NY and she said she hadn't had "good Indian food in forever"... I took her here and she was very happy.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Great place for a terrific Indian buffet

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vipChriG (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

So attentive, my water glass was refilled so promptly. The staff too great care of clearing the table and cleaning and crumbs off after the meal they we're the perfect balance of care and allowing us to enjoy our meal.

The food was wonderful and presentation so delightful. I loved they had gluten free bread options.

I would absolutely dine here again in a heartbeat!

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vipKristenM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We love Chola! Every time we go, we say it’s the best Indian. And we’ve gone quite often!! The service is great and it’s always a comfortable energy. Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Came around 2:15-30 for lunch buffet. A few items were close-to-finished and not replaced. Selection was decent, but I would’ve liked to see a few other spicier items.

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vipMangaman (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

The food here is absolutely delicious. The Chutneywalla is outstanding. The service is a little sketchy. The are friendly but slow.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

This was such a yummy find! I was very impressed from beginning to end. I’d definitely come back!

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risha95 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Great authentic food, good service. They care, and that makes a difference.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Good authentic dishes but not spectacular. Very accommodating with off-menu items they previously served. Wait and table staff were attentive and prompt with their service.

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RavenS (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Chicken tiki masala fabulous. Add rice that was wonderful light

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Michelle (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

My boyfriend & I went to Chola to indulge in some much-appreciated Indian food. We've been long-time lovers of one spot in the East Village but are now located in Midtown East & wanted to go somewhere nearby. The service was excellent, and the food was absolutely delicious! We got two entrees, coconut rice, and mango lassi- all were delicious!

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Sam64 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

My second time and I loved it again. Service is wonderful.

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vipLeslie (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Never disappoints! Best Indian food in NYC!

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vipKristenM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

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!! (:

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

I think that Chola is either under new management or has a new chef. The food had no taste which is very unusual for Indian food. The last time we ate there perhaps a month ago, the food was exceptionally spicy. I will not eat there again.

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vipRenee (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

With delicious food and ambiance, this restaurant was delightful for everyone in our party...

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2017

I have been there many times and have never been disappointed in the food or the service!!!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Great space, great service, great food - my favorite place in NYC for Indian cuisine

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Food was mediocre and so was the service. Complete letdown

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vipLayla (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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vipRenee (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious food and atmosphere!!! We all had a great time!

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Jane (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Delicious food and really nice caring and helpful service.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2017

Thank you! Great place, food, and service! I would def recommend this place and would come again! Great for sunday brunch!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2017

very warm welcome by a really nice family
healthy and tasty food

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

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 !

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

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