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Review: A taste of India at Chola Coastal Indian Cuisine NYC

Chola Coastal Indian Cuisine NYC is an Indian restaurant that has been in Manhattan since 1998.

Chola Coastal Indian Cuisine NYC
Chola Coastal Indian Cuisine NYC. Photo Courtesy of Chola
Chola Coastal Indian Cuisine NYC. Photo Courtesy of Chola

Chola Coastal Indian Cuisine NYC is an Indian restaurant that has been in Manhattan since 1998.

This journalist had the opportunity to dine on Saturday, April 6, for lunch. It featured many traditional Indian dishes such as lassis, samosas, tandoor, to spicy curry and vindaloo dishes.

Upon entering, one sees the mantra “Atithi Devo Bhava” at the door, which translates into “Guest of God”; moreover, it is a social awareness campaign, which aims to providing the inbound tourist a greater sense of being welcomed to the country, and rightfully so.

Shrimp at Chola Costal Indian Cuisine NYC
Shrimp at Chola Costal Indian Cuisine NYC. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos.

As an appetizer, one should try their “Jhinga Koliwada,” which is friend shrimp from the fishermen of the Koli tribe.

Their “Basmati Rice” was the quintessential side dish that went well with everything, and equally tasty was their bread with garlic.

Their British Curry Club is modeled after the curry that is a staple in the British pubs.

Entrees at Chola Coastal Indian Cuisine NYC
Entrees at Chola Coastal Indian Cuisine NYC. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos

Their “Murgh Korma” (skewered spring chicken and creamy cashew nut sauce) was noteworthy, and the same holds true for their boneless lamb, which was rich and savory.

One of the highlights was their “Martha Stewart’s Favorite Butter Chicken,” which featured creamy tomato sauce, bell pepper, fenugreek, and green chili. (This dish is named after Martha Stewart who dined at this restaurant and enjoyed it).

Their desserts included Kheer (Indian creamy rice pudding), Rasmalai (soft cheese patties, creamy saffron, and pistachio), as well as Malai Kulfi (Indian style milk ice cream), and their chocolate ice cream with cherry.

Desserts at Chola Coastal Indian Cuisine NYC
Desserts at Chola Coastal Indian Cuisine NYC. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos

“Chola is an absolute delight for both the senses and the soul,” Rudy Bundini said. “The owner, Min, embodies hospitality at its finest, ensuring that the guests feel like they are a cherished member of the Chola family. The staff’s passion for sharing the flavors of the Indian cuisine shine through in every dish served. It is an unforgettable culinary adventure that will leave people longing for return visits,” Bundini added.

The Verdict

Overall, Chola Coastal Indian Cuisine NYC is an exquisite in the heart of New York City. It was a warm and pleasant ambiance, and its traditional Indian decor is quite memorable as well.

The hospitality of the owners and the wait staff was top-notch. There was a rawness and authenticity to it like no other.

It is a neat introduction for anybody who has never tried the Indian cuisine. Chola Coastal Indian Cuisine NYC is ideal for the whole family, and it garners an A rating.

To learn more about Chola Coastal Indian Cuisine NYC, check out its official homepage, and follow the eatery on Instagram.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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