Chote Nawab

4.3
228 reviews
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Chote Nawab is restaurateur Shiva Natarajan’s latest culinary addition to Murray Hill. Chote Nawab quite literally translates to “Little Prince.” The Nawabs of India, mainly in the city of Lucknow, were very much the foodies of their day, known for their elaborate royal kitchens, hospitality and of course their Kababs. Chote Nawab features Kababs from Lucknow and “dum” Biryani from Hyderabad, which is cooked using a sealed pot technique to maximize flavor. The menu also has regional dishes from Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. Chote Nawab combines modern design elements, such as concrete walls, with Indian themed murals to create a contemporary, yet warm ambiance, which is a reflection of its in-house spice blends and authentic culinary style.
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JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal. Have been there before it didn’t disappoint

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H
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We specifically went for pot chicken biryani and they did not disappoint us. It was so delicious. Their service was outstanding. Staff was so friendly and helpful. Highly recommend it. They have lots of delicious food and my favorite Chickem dum biryani in pot.

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RS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was just wonderful—delicious!—when it finally came. On a rainy Friday night at 8:30 pm the restaurant was not full, so we were surprised by slow kitchen especially since other reviewers described being “rushed.” That said, wait staff service was friendly and relatively attentive. Beer selection good. Every dish was well seasoned and true to its menu description; salmon tikka was a standout. Ambiance is modest, with simple decor and plain tables. Note: restroom needed attention (broken toilet seat, overflowing trash can, not especially clean).

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EM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone in my group agreed the food was excellent and authentic. Service was wonderful and we will definitely go back.

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n
New York Area
183 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent Indian place. Wine choices decent. Lots of meat and non meat options. Biryani is exceptional. Shrimp with tomato and coconut another stand out dish. Would go back.

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a
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was celebrating my sisters birthday and made reservations so that the restaurant can make arrangements for larger group in advance. But it was a complete mess when we got there. The management was absolutely useless in arranging tables together and instead was giving us advise that we did not reserve correctly. After several arguments and talking the second person was able to arrange a table on one side. After an hour we were able to get seated and then order food. The whole point of making reservations did not work. The servers did their job and had decent service.

I am not sure if I would want to recommend this place for larger group unless they are ok sitting in different tables in different sections

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

Regular spot for me. Love the food and enjoy eating here .. this time was with my son

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great selection of North India cuisine. Biryani was the favourite!

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GK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I have been going to Chote Nawab every time I visit NYC since 2015 for dinner, as I love their chicken dishes. This time the food was awful. The "roomali rotis" were raw and undercooked, the chicken dum entree was undercook. We were offered to try "tunde ke kabab" (on the similar lines of Lucknowi Tunde) which was nowhere even close to anything. The kabab was not cooked properly and was rubber like. Overall, a great disappointment this time. Even the malai kofta entree was too sweet. I would have recommended (and have done it in past) this restaurant to anyone, but not after this experience. One or two dishes going wrong can be understood but not everything. Also, I don't think when someone orders basmati rice as an order, they want the rice which is not fresh and has lumps in it which clearly looked like rice from the afternoon.

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JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great vegetarian options, friendly staff, good cocktails, decent prices

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OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I was dissatisfied with chicken biryani. It is not fun Biryani.

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RS
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not that great. Got misled by good reviews. Please do not go there for any special occasion. It's good only for a casual meal.

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JG
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Whenever we find ourselves in the Murray Hill neighborhood, Chote Nawab is our go-to place. The food is always delicious and consistent. I am a vegetarian and my partner is not and we both always leave happy. We try different dishes and appetizers and recommend everything. The service is friendly and attentive.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, wait staff attentive

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DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Outstanding food. The wait staff was courteous and friendly. Corkage charges were atrocious considering the fact that they did not have a bar the last time we were there. This may be the only reason that would cause some hesitation to go back.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Very accommodating to my four-year-old who didn’t like anything spicy. Family friendly and all food was delicious.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good and the place was cozy, but with enough space for a few larger groups. The servers were very nice, it was a good experience overall.

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SE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food (Punjab), great service, and fun ambience. Was a perfect spot to bring friends who were in from out of town.

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SA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Waiter spilled the wine over me

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e
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food, staff held up well serving our 20+ group. The noise was mostly made by us.

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AK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CN hosted us for a large work group outing and took excellent care of us. Food was great and service quick!

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AR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best indian food

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greatest restaurant in Manhattan! Best service! I go around once a week!

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R
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant serves amazingly flavorful food in a casual and enjoyable setting. The lunch options are terrific. Go!

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ML
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service and best Indian food I’ve had in NYC.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome. I always come here. I know what to expect and they deliver every sing tine without fail. I can rely on them giving good food and service. Period.

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l
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Indian restaurant! The food is consistently delicious and the service is always gracious and attentive. Tables are well-spaced.

We've been dining here since they opened and it is as good as ever. Good for dates, small to medium groups. Always enjoy our visits.

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MN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chote Nawab never disappoints - delicious spices blended thoughtfully. Far above the average Indian restaurant in NYC, but with very reasonable prices, as well. Attentive staff make the experience pleasant , as well as satisfying.

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AG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the kakori kebabs and Goan fish curry and the baghara baigan. The veg biryani was one of the best I have had and in my mind it compared well to what I got to eat in Hyderabad at Paradise biryani which is to me the ultimate in Biryani. The Sasuralwali bhindi was a let down. The cocktail was OK.

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KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a cut above the standard Indian restaurant. Clean, modern design, several unusual dishes, and excellent, friendly service. The food is very well-spiced, and not at all greasy, as Indian food can tend to be. I have recommended Chote Nawab to people all over town, who have become regulars. A find.

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RT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family background is Indian and I’m an unapologetic foodie and I’m very picky. This is my go to for Indian. It lacks pretense, the staff are wonderful and the food is closer to authentic home cooking than the post-colonial slop served at so many Indian restaurants. Try it!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Atmosphere is a bit noisy and the decor is workaday, but the food is absolutely fantastic. The service is fine and the prices are good. There are familiar items on the menu, but also unfamiliar ones, and they do justice to everything.

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X
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

It was meant to be one of the most delicious Indian in manhattan and just was not. I can't compare with others in the area ... but almost every one I tried in the U.K. are way better than this one (extremely spicy ... could not finish my dish) ... super loud, and you have to ask at least 3 different people to get what you need/want ... and re-ask because they forgot ... I invited everybody here for my birthday thinking we would have a good night and it was less than average ... just disappointed. Hope you'll get a better experience than us if you go there!

Peace

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Experience! Definitely recommend! The food meets my expectations.

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r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just got back from a trip to northern India, and Chote Nawab reminded me of the fresh, intricate tastes of the foods I tried there. The service was very attentive, and the noise level was not too bad in the back of the restaurant. Our table of 4 could hear each other just fine. Pepper Chicken from the House of Chettiyars was not too spicy and a great change from the usual Chicken Tikka etc. We also had a (vegan) eggplant dish that was lovely. Kebabs were succulent and the naan was piping hot.

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CM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Waiters were nice. Spot was decent. Kinda of a quiet atmosphere

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OH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service were great. The biryani was not authentic Hyderabadi biryani bit was still good regardless.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here was outstanding. I appreciated the host a lot. Made my sister and I feel special. A++++

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My son, a foodie from Denver, was impressed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, fantastic food and service

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