About Chola

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.

232 East 58th Sreet
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Indian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 688-4619

Website:
http://cholany.com/

Catering:
We offer catering for all occasions.

Parking Details:
Discount parking is available at 300 East 59 Street, $10 for 8 hours.

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.

Executive Chef:
Shiva Natarajan

Private Party Facilities:
Private parties are available for up to 50 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Shiva or Bist: (212) 688-4619

Additional:
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Chola Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.4

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Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (12)
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Fit for Foodies (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
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Casual (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Spicy (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Vegan (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Never disappoints! Best Indian food in NYC!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food was mediocre and so was the service. Complete letdown

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 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.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delicious food and really nice caring and helpful service.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·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!

Tags: Spicy, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 15, 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 !

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Some of the best Indian food in town. And a great value high-quality lunch time buffet.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

wonderful experience, great food and we will come again.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Really enjoyed the meal, recommendations were good as we weren't quite sure which dishes to order. Service was attentive, and the staff seemed appreciative.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Place was really nice, great flavour, great dishes but the meats could have been softer. Overall great service, good food.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Great food!

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great food and ambience. We went for a sunday brunch and it turned out to be fantastic

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Good food, friendly staff and value for money buffet.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Chola is my favorite Indian restaurant in midtown. The food is delicious and authentic--and there are lots of vegetarian options.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a lovely dinner last evening (Aug 12th) at Chola. The food, the service, the ambiance, etc., were all excellent. And for the quality of the restaurant the value is great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

We keep going back!!! Totally authentic food that is comforting to the soul! Lovely staff and very well priced.

Tags: Spicy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Lively and real-seeming, this restaurant has a big choice with regional specialties in additional to standard takeaway fare. Everything we had was well prepared, with the option of having it spicy or less so. The atmosphere at dinner was warm and upbeat.

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Authentic & delicious Indian food. Great-value lunch buffer.

Tags: Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

Delicious food. The servers were very polite and courteous but the service was pretty slow. We had a casual dinner for 3 and we're there for 2 hours. But the food really was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

Food is good and worth for the money.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Delicious and creative food. The chicken in the biryani tasted as if it had been reheated a number of times, which is why I rated the food as "very good" rather than "excellent." But I’d happily go back here again. Service was fine.

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 16, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The owner/manager of Chola is very interested in pleasing his clientele. This was my second time dining there and I'll return. The food is very good and prepared to ones liking.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Really delicious food, extremely impressed and satisfied with everything that we ordered. Don't go if you are on a diet, you won't be able to resist!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Found this cozy Neighborhood gem on the way to the fireworks. The service was great as we're the mango martinis.

Highly recommend the murgh chutneywala (chicken curry and chutney).

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Great lunch buffet!! Many choices - some spicy and some mild. They bring you tandoori chicken and other goodies first, and the price is right!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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