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A Meal of Royal Tastes at Chola

A Meal of Royal Tastes at Chola

Royal delights are to be found in Midtown at an Indian restaurant that deserved high marks for high quality food and amazing service.

Chola has a great reputation and for years has brought joy to customers in Midtown East. With a

new menu and interior, the restaurant is now bound to attract people from near and far to taste incredible regional Indian recipes from the brainchild of original owner Shiva Natarajan who has now passed it on to his protégé Min Bhujel. Min is shinning example of leadership in the field as he takes over the restaurant.

From the moment you walk in the doors you feel a sense of warmness. You become grateful for the opportunity to sit in the beautiful room full of friendly smiles. Lunch is a busy time with a grand buffet offering, and dinnertime buzzes with great ambiance and joyful customers.

Traditional dishes soar on the menu. The restaurant takes great pride in their selections holding tight to its roots and integrity of serving traditional Indian cuisine.

But there is also an aspect to the inventive menu with select recipes from Natarajan’s upcoming untitled cookbook set to hit stores in 2020. 

Natarajan grew up in India and his new menu items at Chola are inspired by his culinary journey around the coast, placing an emphasis on the flavors he came across during his travels. New starters include the Cafreal Paneer Tikka, a house made fire grilled cheese fresh from the Tandoor oven that comes out smoking with green masala; Karela Karare, a fried bitter gourd with smoky paprika for a sharp bite; Kodi 58, Chola chicken fry with house blend spices; Khekda Nariyal, a sautéed crab dish with coconut and mustard seeds that will have guests fighting over the last spoonful; Jhinga Koliwada, shrimp fry from the fisherman Koli tribe; and perfectly spiced Scallops Caldin in a Goan yellow coconut curry.

Entrees are huge in platters and come to the table sizzling hot and full of divine tastes. Highlights include Lata Shetty’s Yeti Ajadina, Mangalorean style shrimp with fresh coconut and pounded spices; Malvani Rus-Golichi Amti, a fish of the day curry with kokum from red chili paste; Konkani Chimbori Masala, roasted coconut and tamarind crab; Lobster Ghee Roast with a spicy red pounded masala for a powerful and juicy bite; and a Chola favorite with the Crab Butter Pepper Masala.

And for the vegetarian and vegan there are incredible options like Adrak ki Gobi Keema, minced cauliflower with green chilies and ginger; Doodhi Chana, white pumpkin with yellow chana dal; and Jeera Methi Alu, home style fresh fenugreek potatoes with roasted cumin.

All dishes on the menu incorporate special in-house oil infused with select herbs and flavored ghee. Grand wine selections and a lovely drink menu add to the allure of the beautiful operation.

The overall allure here is that this is a place a customer can tell has a great sense of pride. They carry that pride and use it to curate dishes that are full of love and gratitude. Truly this is one of the best in New York City and should be on your list to visit today.

Located at 232 E. 58th Street, you can call for reservations at 212-688-4619 or visit

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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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