About Chote Nawab

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.

115 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Indian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:30pm Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 27th and 28th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 679-4603

Website:
http://www.chotenawabnyc.com/

Catering:
Cater to all occasions

Public Transit:
28th st subway

Executive Chef:
Shiva Natarajan

Additional:
Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM

Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 7:00PM

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Chote Nawab Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

3.7

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (5)
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Healthy (3)
Cozy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My fav indian restaurant. All dishes are fantastic. Great price.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great Indian food on East 28th Street. This restaurant is easily accessible from the Lex trains (1 block) and on the SE corner. It has a full menu of Northern and Southern Indian dishes and a nice selection of beer and wine. The staff is very competent and helpful. The food came out in the proper time despite the restaurant being full on a Wednesday night. Everything we ordered (Lamb Sag, Lamb kebabs, Garlic nan, Paneer nan, Basmati rice) was first rate and flavorful. The mango lassi was also great and a good size drink. I look forward to going back again.

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 (Yorkshire)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Tasty indian restaurent similar to those found around whitechapel/aldgate in london. Some nice twists on classics

Tags: Spicy, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Good food!! Tandoori chicken was very nice. We enjoyed..

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

one of the very best in Murray Hill, and we've tried many

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Fun, Vegan, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I really like the food here and luckily we came upon the lunch specials. Good and well priced

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We go out of our way to dine at Chote Nawab and always enjoy bringing friends who haven't eaten here. The food always delivers - delicious, perfect spicing, great for sharing dishes. The servers are so nice and happy to explain any dish that needs clarificiation.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Food is great, as always. The only Indian place I know of that can make a good dry martini. The white wine is acceptable as well. Fine for two people or a party of six. I've done both--often.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Best Indian food we have ever tried. Good value. We will be back

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We had a simple vegetarian dinner and the food was fresh and not overly seasoned. Naans were great. Service was good. But it was terribly loud and not a place to go in a group of you want to have a conversation with someone on the other end of the table.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

OK. Nothing to write home about. Food wasn't great but perhaps we did not order Biriyani which is their specialty.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The waiters continued to forget what we ordered otherwise it was a great experience

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

Everything here was great, until dessert. I had told the restaurant twice (on the phone and in-person to the hostess) that it was my dad's 70th birthday and that we would like to do something celebratory after the meal (dessert, etc.) After dinner, I asked for dessert menus specifically for this, but no one ever came back to our table - not to ask us if we wanted dessert and not to bring us anything celebratory. I think someone had to get up and pay the bill elsewhere, because after the dessert menus were dropped off, we never saw a member of the wait staff again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Fantastic food. Got the chicken 65, rogan josh, and saag paneer, naan, raita, mango chutney. A real feast!!! Excellent but very pricey, because at dinner they charge extra for everything: naan, rice, etc. But worth it every once in a while.

The lunch deal is much cheaper and equally as good. It can get noisy if you are two people and they put you next to two others (very cramped), but if you're 3 or 4 people and get a booth, it's better.

Despits all that, the food and service is worth coming for.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Amazing food and service!
Much better than expected.
Well priced.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Still getting over food coma. This place was amazing.. From the marinated cheese to the Naan and especially the lamb. Amazing meal.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Colleaques from India raved about the authenticity of the food..."just like home".

Tags: Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Really enjoyed the food. Delicious. I love Indian food and this is the best I have found in Manhatten so far. They gave me a good table too

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

It's a small place, so you're normally crammed in next to others, but the noise level is good, and the food is very good. The lunch special is a great deal. I would recommend it!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

This was my second visit to this eatery. The food and service is quite good. Minor complaint is they should have a coat rack, or hooks on the wall. The place is small and a place to put your coat is a problem. Also, in most Indian restaurants, you get rice and cabbage with the meal. Here these are extras that cost extra cash. They should amend that.

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Someone said we had to go here. I would t say that but it was good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Good food, good value, nice ambience and they can accommodate large groups.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Incredible food and great value. Was expecting a big bill. We are like kings.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Outstanding Value
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2017

We liked the corner location of this restaurant, and enjoyed sitting by the windows. There is a nice view of the top of the Empire State Building. The waiters were very friendly and efficient and the food was excellent. It was more expensive than I had expected from the two dolllar signs on the Open Table app, and they did not have a bottle of wine for under $45.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 1, 2017

This was my second visit with friends/coworkers. Of the group, one friend is Vegetarian and always finds something to eat. The restaurant offers lunch specials and lots of sides to share. Delicious!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 22, 2017

The lassi was very bad. It be could more better. They forgot our order and then when we asked he bought it outside. The food was very delicious. We had biryani and the sauce waa very tasty.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

This was our second time here and we brought another couple. We had a good experience the first time, but the food was mediocre, the main entree portions were very small and it ended up being generally overpriced and disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Not too happy where we sat and when asked can we get a different seat was told no

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Really great Indian food. Spice was authentic, and so was the flavor. Overall wonderful ambiance and good service. Would definitely Go again.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

There are several solid Indian restaurants in that neighborhood (Lex/up[per-20s or thereabouts...), and Chote Nawab is one of them. The food is good and the menu is varied. We usually get Goat Something, and theirs was fully satisfactory. It's a little on the expensive side (just a little) but it's comfy enough and the food is totally worth the money...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Fair experience but could have been better

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Good bet for solid Indian food in Curry Hill. Beware - even the non-pepper-marked entrees can be a bit hotter than expected and the specialty drinks are pricey - go with the beer . But the staff was kind and willing to inquire with the chef about ingredients for one member of our party on a restricted diet.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2016

All dishes, including smoked eggplant , a spicy shrimp dish, raita, and lamb with spinach were excellent.
Restaurant is long and narrow and tables are very close together. We came in early (before 6p.m.) and very soon a man was seated at table adjacent to ours, though most other tables were empty. I complained and we moved to a table where we were alone till we left before 7. Several tables were still empty then, and there was no need to have crowded our table at 6 p.m. However, we were graciously moved when I complained, and service was fine after that.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2016

Great value and great food. We went with two small children, staff was extremely friendly and accomodating

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Good food. Rice a bit dry. Service was ok. Very loud due to larger party but we were seated away from them. Not restaurant's fault some people were too loud. Cocktails fair. Ice always melts too fast. Would recommend. Been there twice.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2016

Very good food, reasonably priced, perfect for dinner with friends

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Good food but a bit pricey. Enjoyed everything else

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2016

one of the best affordable restaurants in Curry Hill, my husband and I eat here every couple of months or so and we have never been disappointed. They have changed the menu since the last time we ate here and the food has only gotten better :).

Tags: Casual, Vegan, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2016

Really really awesome food. Nothing too fancy or stuffy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2016

THIS IS A FAVORITE INDIAN RESTAURANT. I HAVE BEEN HERE MORE THAN FIVE TIMES.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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