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232 E 58th Street, New York City, NY 10022 (Manhattan)
(212) 688-4619
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Ranked #2,163 of 11,618 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $21 - $35
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
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.
Description: 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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113 reviews from our community

81% Recommend
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English first
New York City, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

a feast for your eyes and your soul.. we arrived about 12:30 for the buffet special at $14.99. more than enough choices for all kinds of difficult bargainers and or not happy with anything people! chola serves fresh , well cooked and main stream seasoned authentic indian food that you could eat till you can not breath. vegetarian options .... More

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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Bought a Groupon and used it the same night. The restaurant was very nice, the service was exceptional and the food was very good. They even had a nice selection of wine by the glass. I would go back again, even without the fantastic groupon deal.

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Provo, Utah
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Wonderful buffet lunch. Brought extra items to the table and were very attentive. Loved the flavors of each item. The Rita was a bit thin but still good. The price was right and the food was great

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Berkeley, CA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Last night we joined some dear friends for dinner at Chola. We have eaten here before several times, though not in the past year. The food has always been consistently good with many well executed and freshly spiced Indian dishes from which to choose. This time we were disappointed. From the moment we sat down, we found the service and... More

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This Indian buffet has such a good selection. I often come here for birthday meals for friends/coworkers. I also greatly enjoy the individually prepared plates of pancakes, chicken tikka, and fried sliced potatoes. Also while dining here I see many people take advantage of getting the buffet lunch to go.

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Cary, North Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Overall this place is definitely one of the best Indian restaurants at which we've eaten. Service was relatively quick and friendly (we had a nice chat with that main waiter/host on the way out) and the food ranged from good to outstanding. It's not cheap (about $100 for two of us, with tip, and we had only 2 beers), but... More

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Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

The restaurant is quiet and sedate, but the food has been great the 3 times we've all eaten there. This has become a favorite of m wife and I, of the many indian restaurants we've eaten in, in NYC.

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Richmond, Virginia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

The food was very tasty and delicious. The service was excellent. We really had good time with our friends..

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new york, ny
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We have been to Chola a number of times, most recently for our first lunch visit. Every time we visit, the service is friendly and helpful and the food is delicious. We were pleasantly surprised to learn lunch offers a buffet option that is one of the best deals in NYC!

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Brussels, Belgium
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116 reviews 116 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

I went to Chola for dinner and was delighted with the meal I had. Reception and service was good with attentive waiters making sure all was going to plan. For starters I had Bagari Jinga, something I'd yet to try and it was very similar in taste to a traditional Prawn and Puri, but with a much richer sauce. On... More

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