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The MasalaWala

179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
+1 212-358-9300
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
According to TripAdvisor reviewers, this popular Indian eatery in Lower East Side is perfect for families with children. As one put it, "Their butter and garlic naan was also...More
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Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quiet nice !good service & tasty food warm breads ,satisfying and good for lunch and dinner. Portions are big too

Thank Shalu2127
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful, tasty, affordable, worth it. Such a wonderful dinner. Delicious and such a great environment. Very excited to eat here and worth it.

Thank Tiffany830
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like Indian food. And a small cosy restaurant- then go! The owner is there and walks around the tables. Good conversation. Even after several days we kept talking about how nice the food tasted. Well prepared. Great quality

Thank 7Danish
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It was nothing like the pictures on website small crowded and pretty basic Owner lovely waiter a little strange kept looking in to the distance as he was taking order and appeared to have drifted off to sleep Food was alright most things seemed to...More

Thank Galemaree
Reviewed 7 October 2018

My favorite Indian spot in the city. Never disappointing. Also the staff are super caring and the owner is very involved. After we got our check the owner came over with some complimentary desert and gave us a hug. Not even kidding.

Thank David L
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

The best food ever had in US till now.. had ordered paneer masala, chana masala, chili cheese naan all were delicious.. the best part was Rasmalai 😍😍😍

Thank manukriti
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

I ordered a chicken dish and Indian bread. The food was too spicy and I didnt like the sauce; the bread was so tough I could barely tear off a piece, let alone eat it. This was a delivery dinner. The food was delivered one...More

Thank grand504
Reviewed 18 August 2018

I came here craving Indian food after lacking it for several weeks, and wasn't disappointed. The chicken tikka masala was very good. However, the mango lassi was unimpressive and overpriced. The menu is also somewhat limited in selection (although this makes sense, given the small...More

Thank MichaelNate
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

We loved our meal in this place. Excellent Indian food with friendly waiters. I would recommend the biryanis and the n’aan

Thank lois123456789
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

A black mark on INDIAN food, old stale food, spoiling the name of Indian food in nyc. I don’t know why it’s rated high

Thank sumitnanda
Lower East Side
Straddling the bridge between New York’s thriving
immigrant past and its modern transformation into a
beacon of global art and culture, the Lower East Side
is one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in the city.
The blocks of tenements that represented the promise
and blight of the Lower East Side immigrant experience
now command top dollar for new residents. Right next
to old-world delis, 24-hour bodegas, and the garment
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Daniyal K
13 June 2018|
Response from Russell860 | Reviewed this property |
My understanding is yes.
6 August 2016|
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Response from FortVince R | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don't know but I remember a gluten free menu
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
    (East Houston Street)
  • Public Transportation: MTA Subway: 2 Ave. (F) Delancey St. (F) Essex St. (J, M, Z)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-358-9300
  • E-mail
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