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$21 - $35
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Indian, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Midtown East
0.6 miles from St. Patrick's Cathedral
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Bright, fresh and elegantly appointed Chola is nestled amidst chic design shops and upscale dining spots. Warm and hospitable servers are at the ready ...
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Reviewed March 20, 2022

If you like Indian food, you will LOVE Chola. A local NYC chef recommended Chola to us as his favorite place to eat and now we know why. Min, the host and owner I believe, guided us through the menu and all his recommendations were...excellent. Do to leave without trying the goat curry and dal. Also, the chicken tandoori, unlike others we've had, arrived at the table sizzling on a platter, and more tender and juicy and favorable than we ever experienced in the past. A new must go to restaurant on our list!!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 18, 2022 via mobile

Came to have lunch at Chola on a whim when we were touristing around the area checked our Michelin guide app for a restaurant close by. Great new looking interior dining room and small bar area friendly service, easy menu to navigate and all the...food was delicious. Even wrote a about it on my blog. I would definitely recommend it and it was budget friendly.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 2, 2021 via mobile

Nicely located in midtown new york. The food choices were plenty with variety. The quantity is very good and the food is delicious. Naan size is pretty large. Overall good experience

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 11, 2021 via mobile

So many good dishes on this menu that we over ordered and had some extra to take home! Shrimp in red sauce very hot to my spouse’s delight while the pickled tandoor chicken was piquant and the lamb rogan josh very satisfying. The samosas were...a bit too doughy for my liking. Definitely a place to re-visit!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 18, 2021 via mobile

Chola is fabulous. We’ve only had the take away due to Covid but we will be in as soon as this nightmare is over. The curry is absolutely delicious, especially the lobster curry. They are able to cater for gluten free and dairy allergies. The...delivery service is great. Can’t think of anything negative.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed July 13, 2020

DELIVERY during virus period is spectacular. We ordered on Caviar and had our order here in less than 30 minutes. Everything was terrific, well packaged, piping hot. Portions are generous so we found that we only ate half of what we ordered and had more...than enough for a second night's dinner. What a find.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed November 14, 2019 via mobile

Had the lunch buffet here with a friend on a Saturday at 1 pm. Not too crowded. Small but nice buffet with several entrees including vegetarian options and rice plus dessert. Garlic naan was good, and they brought around tandoori chicken to each table. Food...was flavorful, service was good with nice ambiance. Average prices for NYC.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 12, 2019 via mobile

Any chance I get I walk the excessive extra blocks from my work to make a plate for lunch, with some fresh baked roti. The flavors here shine big and bright, they have a constantly rotating mix of offerings every day for their lunch buffet,...the breads are fresh and perfectly baked... and the food is NOT TOO heavy. Service is very friendly and prompt - a true joy to have in the Mid East 50s. Dinner is just as fantastic...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 30, 2019 via mobile

I have been to several Indian restaurants for meals. Chola has to be my top favorite place for lunch buffet! The price is good ($20 including tops). The food was fresh and delicious! I particularly like the piping hot garlic naan bread, the chicken tikka...and the lamb curry! The seating was comfortable. It was a bit noisy because of a big party nearby! There were also quite a few vegetarian dishes available. It was a hearty meal and I highly recommend Chola to anyone!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 14, 2019

Was introduced to this wonderful restaurant about a year ago and every time I visit New York, I make a point of having at least a couple of meal. Every dish I have tried was memorable and so delicious.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed August 8, 2019

I brought meal in for 6 people. Everything - from fish to lamb, and vegetables in between, was delicious. There was enough food for 8 with leftovers. Everything was hot and needed no reheating. I went into Chola the next day to compliment them personally.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed June 29, 2019 via mobile

Had lunch here along with my family. Called them at a real short notice and they happily agreed for table. The server was extremely courteous and polite. The service team was also equally nice. The food was exceptionally good and seemed authentic Indian Food. Small...requested for condiments during meal were also promptly taken care off. Will surely like to visit again.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 6, 2019

Whenever I get a chance, I make my way to this great restaurant and have some of my favourite dishes. Owner/manager/staff are very friendly, respectful and helpful.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed March 8, 2019 via mobile

Really enjoyed this. In town for the weekend from DC and stopped in on a Friday night because it was close to the hotel. Good samosas and flavorful butter chicken. The saag gohstt was a bit light on the lamb but otherwise tasty. A tad...on the expensive side but would eat here again.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 5, 2019

This is my son’s favorite Indian restaurant and as I was in the area, I went there for lunch with my husband who is not a fan of Indian food. We had the lunch buffet and if this is an indication of the quality of...food, it was indeed a delightful surprise! The lamb was one of the tastiest and spice laden I have eaten in an Indian restaurant. The vegetables were fresh and delicious. I love the spinach, the lentils and split peas. The garlic naan was a joy to behold! Delicious! My husband cleaned his plate, licked his fingers and went back for more! He acknowledge that this was the best Indian meal that he had ever eaten. The only drawback was the ras malai. Too sweet and the wrong milk! We told the host how pleased we were with the meal. I believe it is run by a Nepalese father and son. Lovely gracious people! Will return for the full menu.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Chola is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5