Walk past the wall of cascading water and descend into Chola, where the mix of modern and traditional décor is as eclectic as the multi-regional menu. Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of options, since you’ll rarely go wrong with whatever you get. A basket of varied kebabs straight from the tandoor includes lamb sausages perfumed with cardamom, while Savitri Amma’s idli (steamed rice cakes) arrive with fresh coconut chutney, a southern Indian specialty. Spices and flavors are blended with balance and care: a delicate cashew sauce infused with saffron- coated chunks of tender lamb, and langarwali dal, a buttery mix of lentils, is flecked with cilantro and intensified by the faint heat of dried chilies.
232 E 58th St
|Cross street:||between Second and Third Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat noon–3pm, 5–11pm; Sun noon–3pm, 5–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R, W to Lexington Ave–59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $17. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|