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The MasalaWala

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Lower East Side
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179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547 (East Houston Street)
+1 212-358-9300
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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79 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

Out of this tiny restaurant came one of the best Indian meals we have ever had. Everything was cooked to perfection, albeit on the spicy side (even for us and we eat a lot of spicy food.) I particularly liked their take on Biryani - unusual in that it was very "refined". The Peshwari Naan was the best Naan we've... More 

1 Thank alsithy
Coral Springs, Florida
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

Very well deserve the drive down to MasalaWala.... Great food, nice place... Near to the Statue of Liberty Crusiers... Lentil soup is a must... Good Job

Thank Jon_Elorriaga
Tel Aviv
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78 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015 via mobile

Great little restaurant, really friendly and attentive staff. The manager wax terrific and the food tasty. Reasonable prices. A real gem .

Thank danTA100
Denver, Colorado
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile

Came here with my family on vacation to NYC and couldn't of been happier. We came without a reservation and they were able squeeze us in as it is a small restaurant. All the food was great. We had the korma, the sagwala, the tikka masala, and the jalfrezi and not one of them disappointed. The flavors were great and... More 

Thank 16Levi16
New York City, New York
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227 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

4 of us made it here for dinner on Friday night. The place was empty but they still seemed hesitant to give us a table that was reserved for 7:15, even though it was 5:15. The service was standard & the food was good. Two of my friends got the chicken tikka masala, I had lamb vindaloo (my fave dish)... More 

Thank Amrisa B
Willows, Ca
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100 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

We love to eat at restaurants serving food we don't know how to make, and couldn't resist MasalaWala. Small & cozy, with every table filled with happy diners, we expected a great meal, and got it. If you like Indian, you will love MasalaWala.

1 Thank arcodon
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

WOW! The food was great and so was the service! We ate a spicy chicken vindaloo, just the way we like it! I've tried many indian restaurents, and this is no doubt the best one in new york!! Mr MasalaWala himself asked us feedback about the fantastic meal!!

Thank Fanny Z
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015 via mobile

To be honest I'm terrified of spicy food and not very good at variety. I tried the mango yogurt drink and the Indian soda but in the end went with the regular coke however my girlfriend loved both of those drinks. The waiter was kind and attentive although didn't seem to be happy when I asked for ice. The food... More 

Thank David M
Bar Harbor, Maine
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82 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015

Located on the Lower East Side, this restaurant was close to our hotel. We had tried to book a table on the last visit to NYC, but they were full. We knew to book early this time, and everything was even better than expected! While the restaurant was busy, it was not packed at 9:30pm. We were seated immediately, and... More 

1 Thank MsTravel1968
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

Dropped in on 4th of July for the first time and discovered exceptional authentic Indian food and friendly service. Joined by my wife and two kids, we all left very full and happy with our experience! Yum!

Thank Amy6565

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Indian, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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

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