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The MasalaWala

179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
+1 212-358-9300
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • 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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

We went to MasalaWala for dinner on a saturday night. It is a VERY small place and if it is a regular night, you may not get in....people make reservations becuase of the size of the place. We got in becuase it was raining really...More

Thank alliebish
Reviewed 16 May 2017

The streetfood come-on looked a little different and so did the menu in this tastefully furnished hole-in-the wall, with its unexpectedly chummy staff. Supposedly, street food has a taste and tastefulness of its own, and this restaurant lived up to its claims. Very tasty with...More

Thank jkleinig
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

This place was packed in a Sat night! The atmosphere it warm, cozy, inviting and comfortable so sad I didn't stay to eat here and got it to go. The staff is very attentive, friendly - they care about the customer experience. My veggie somosas...More

Thank ckwokers
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

They did not deliver me all the items in my order and then refused to reimburse me. They effectively stole from me. How is this even allowed?

Thank andreacm2003
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Quaint little place on the Lower East Side with extensive menu of authentic Indian dishes. We had appetizers, several vegetarian curries, naan and dessert. Everything was delicious with spice level just the way we wanted. The owner and his staff took such good care of...More

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 15 April 2017

This is a small Indian restaurant on the Lower East Side. They now have several locations around the city. The food was delicious, service was excellent and the atmosphere casual. The 2 curries we ordered were both very tasty and I was impressed by the...More

Thank Domer90mom
Reviewed 3 April 2017

The food was good, the place is authentic and cozy and the service wasn't less! I'm looking forward to go again

Thank Valerystock123
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Typically my wife and I spend more time in Midtown, but we happened to be in the area after walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and traipsing around the Fulton Market and then wandering past the edge of Chinatown. I had eaten here once before (in...More

Thank WoofleDust
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Met here for dinner with family - the food was excellent, great service. Highly recommend it! Great little neighborhood gem.

Thank buzzknit
Reviewed 9 February 2017

This little lower east side charmer has it all. The ambiance is perfect for a casual evening and the food was exceptional. Add to that the reasonable prices and friendly and caring staff and you have a sure winner. The added touch when the owner,...More

Thank DEBurns
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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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
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
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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