Chola Eclectic Indian Cuisine

Chola Eclectic Indian Cuisine

Indian Restaurant$$$$
Midtown East, New York
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    Avneesh K.
    "Extremely high quality lunch buffet, among the best I’ve had."(12 Tips)
    Kris C.
    "My favorite Indian buffet lunch in the city!"(3 Tips)
    New York Habitat
    "The soft, fluffy naan goes perfectly with the chicken tikka masala."(5 Tips)
    Linda B.
    "The naan is to die for - Martha Stewart was right!"(7 Tips)
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  • funky f.heart icon on user image
    funky flavorSeptember 27, 2016
    For the must haves: naan,uttapan,Tikka and lemon rice. Also go for a fruity martini to pair with the fun flavors you about to experience. The waiter will bring a potatoes pancake try it !
  • Russell H.heart icon on user image
    Russell HirschornJanuary 30, 2016
    Great food. Gobi app was very good. Chicken tikka, Malai kofta both very good. Lychee martini not so good. Coconut rice is nice.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • funky f.heart icon on user image
    funky flavorSeptember 27, 2016
    Great service, pricey but delishious drinks. Don't get fooled by the modest entrance, this is a casual chick atmosphere with delishious buffet/rodízio style. Have a mango martini as well!
    Upvoted Jan 31
  • Nyagaka O.heart icon on user image
    Nyagaka OngeriMay 16, 2015
    Simply incredible. The weekend lunch buffet is delectable with a varied fare of creative dishes. Ask Raj, super friendly server with a ready smile, for a portion of kitchen ready tandoori chicken!
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterOctober 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best traditional Indian fare in E Midtown has $10 lunch specials (entree+naan+dal+rice) & an excellent dine-in buffet ($14 M-Th; $15 Fri-Sun). Reservations needed esp for wkend buffet.
  • Michael G.heart icon on user image
    Michael G.February 11, 2020
    Very delicious food! I recommend the veggie samosas, Aloo Gobi (cauliflower & potato) , saag paneer, and Shetty chicken coconut curry. Good bottled beers too.
  • Sabina B.heart icon on user image
    Sabina B.September 9, 2014
    One of the best, most authentic North Indian places in the city outside of Jackson Heights. The weekend buffet is always fresh and hot and an amazing deal.
  • Leah W.
    Leah WasserstrumSeptember 6, 2013
    The lunch buffet is ridiculously delicious! I loved everything that I tried here : ) tons of meat and veggie options and great sauces!
  • Tash C.heart icon on user image
    Tash ConcepcionAugust 17, 2014
    Best (and most reasonably priced) Indian brunch in NYC. Everything is good. Go at noon when they open to avoid a wait.
  • Krithika R.
    Krithika RosenthalJuly 9, 2011
    Lunch buffet. Please oh please eat the little medhu vadas in the lunch buffet, if nothing else tempts you these drops of heaven will make you sooo happy. And don't miss out the bitter gourd.
  • Julie
    JulieFebruary 17, 2013
    The okra appetizer was the best I've had in my life and I'm from the south! I wanted to cancel my entree and order more! Delicious meal and wonderful service.
  • Dan L.
    Dan LurieMay 14, 2013
    By a wide margin the best Indian lunch buffet I have ever encountered. Great taste, huge selection, same price as much less tasty options.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    its willingness to offer items outside the standard Mughal canon, but because the waiter appeared with unexpected freebies at various junctures during the meal, Read more
  • Kris C.heart icon on user image
    Kris ConcepcionJune 13, 2015
    My favorite Indian buffet lunch in the city! The tikka masala is worth the trip to midtown.
  • Vidhi K.
    Vidhi KMNovember 15, 2013
    Don't order the lime chicken app but the pani puri and chicken tikka masala are delicious. I was pleasantly surprised.
  • caroline g.heart icon on user image
    caroline groverJanuary 15, 2015
    Chicken tikka masala, naan, and the shrink appetizer with red masala sauce were all amazing!
  • Naira
    NairaAugust 3, 2011
    One of the best place in NYC to eat Indian food. Really great!!! Lunch buffet is cheap and soooo tasty!!!! My fav Indian spot in NYC!
  • Avneesh K.heart icon on user image
    Avneesh KohliFebruary 15, 2020
    Extremely high quality lunch buffet, among the best I’ve had. Expensive, but worth it.
  • Neil K.heart icon on user image
    Neil KumarSeptember 19, 2014
    Good spread (both north and south Indian food). Chicken tikka masala is very good.
  • Meredith
    MeredithAugust 9, 2012
    Best Indian lunch buffet in the city. By far. And amazing dinner selection at a reasonable price. Love!
  • Gayngoodheart icon on user image
    GayngoodApril 1, 2018
    Get the tangy cauliflower ! a must. Everything else is also really good!
  • Asli E.heart icon on user image
    Asli EremMay 17, 2019
    Best chicken tikka masala. Definetely a must eat place in NYC👍
  • Divy T.heart icon on user image
    Divy ToliaFebruary 12, 2016
    As an Indian person I thought this was very authentic and very good food
  • Lisa Z.
    Lisa ZJanuary 15, 2014
    Amazing 'Aunt Murli's Fish Moile'- delicate fish stew with coco milk, curry leaves, and. Cumin seeds do the trick! #AgainAgain
  • Ersin A.
    Ersin AkkayaOctober 14, 2014
    Definitely great place for lunch! Food is delicious and cheap. I'll at it to my to do list
  • stephanie
    stephanieNovember 4, 2012
    vegetarian starters: the lasoni cauliflower and ragara chat are both amazing!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 2, 2011
    The soft, fluffy naan goes perfectly with the chicken tikka masala. Get it!
  • Jim R.
    Jim RossMarch 22, 2011
    Excellent food. For the $14 lunch buffet you get brought Chicken Tandoori, Naan etc as well. Great stuff!
  • Rashmi J.
    Rashmi JoishiApril 17, 2014
    The Malai Kulfi here easily competes with the best in India...A Must try!
  • Pierre v.heart icon on user image
    Pierre van MedgeApril 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The saag paneer (spinach and cheese) is delicious.
  • Ann D.
    Ann DavidoffJanuary 6, 2015
    awesome place with super tasty indian food
  • Peter E.
    Peter ElbaorDecember 30, 2012
    Good value. $15 buffet with good food and cloth napkins.
  • Sid F.
    Sid FernandoJanuary 22, 2011
    Best Indian I've had in the city. Better than nearby Amma. Great buffet, too.
  • Tingheart icon on user image
    TingDecember 1, 2014
    Lunch specials are same food as dinner but much cheaper
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanDecember 17, 2011
    Excellent chicken tikka nan rice huge portions
  • Jacob R.heart icon on user image
    Jacob RosenbergApril 17, 2015
    Fairly good lunch buffet for $13.95. Could go for better Biriyani.
  • Minhua Z.
    Minhua ZMay 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Whoa, @cholanyc takeout container got a major downsizing, #shocked #angry #earthshattering #apocalypse #reckoning
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrownMarch 11, 2016
    $29 pre-theatre menu 5-7pm
  • Naveen
    NaveenOctober 8, 2013
    Do order the mulligatawny soup! Don't order the dosa.
  • Morgan P.heart icon on user image
    Morgan PolotanDecember 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    All you can eat buffet for an adventurous lunch meeting.
  • Sushil P.
    Sushil ParvathamOctober 30, 2010
    Rule# 1 = go to Chola for buffet. Rule# 2 = go to Chola for buffet. Rule# 3 = go to Chola for buffet. Foooood is gooooood.
  • Linda B.
    Linda BarabasovaSeptember 11, 2011
    The naan is to die for - Martha Stewart was right!
  • Matthew B.heart icon on user image
    Matthew BarnardJanuary 12, 2012
    Kori Gassi is a different and excellent curry.
  • suneelheart icon on user image
    suneelJuly 23, 2015
    lunch combos- all of the meat.
  • Vasanth R.heart icon on user image
    Vasanth RajendranAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lunch buffet on Fridays
  • stephanie
    stephanieOctober 30, 2011
    get the malai koftas & coconut rice!
  • Bryan B.
    Bryan BaeckerJanuary 3, 2011
    Being the only non-Indians in the restaurant is a good sign. The food was ace.
  • Krish M.heart icon on user image
    Krish MirchandaniDecember 6, 2015
    Butter paneer
  • Rawan A.
    Rawan A.ZDecember 8, 2011
    The bacorah is to die for !!
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LugavereDecember 8, 2013
    Whatever you do , do not get the sour goat curry. Gross!
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