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274 Lenox Ave., New York, NY 10027 40.806751 -73.945842
nr. W. 124th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
646-688-5414 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Indian
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Tue-Wed, 11am-10:30pm : 11:00AM–10:30PM; Thu-Fri, 11am-11:30pm; Sat, 10am-11:30pm; Sun, 10am-10:30pm; Mon, closed



Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Tea Time
  • Design Standout
  • Reservations Not Required


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary



There are a couple things that immediately make Chaiwali stand out. For one, it’s an Indian restaurant in Harlem. And not the kind serving butter chicken and other Curry House staples, but street snacks like bhel puri, made with puffed rice and tamarind, and fragrantly masala-spiced fish served with wonderfully crunchy okra fries. It also calls a two-story brownstone home, the kind of space that in Manhattan is more likely to be an expensive tasting menu spot. But Chaiwali feels very much a part of Harlem with its stylish environs: ornate but not over-the-top hanging lamps and a back garden with a round table enclosed by an open-air gazebo. The food doesn’t go capital-F fusion, but doesn’t strictly play to the rulebook. Lamb chops get the Vindaloo treatment, in place of pork; black-pepper chicken is served with a quinoa pulao; there’s a desi pasta of the day and roti melts and chai spice French toast during the day. It all tastes faithfully and sometimes delectably Indian.


There might be live music or a DJ during the weekend.