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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, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked this place based on the recommendations and had a small group of us join for a birthday celebration. We booked in advance and arrived on time. The place was busy but they seated us fairly quickly (after a small issue with someone else...More

Thank Emma N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a very nice evening at the restaurant. The samosas were freshly prepared and very tasty. Make sure to ask for the “butter chicken”. Very delicious curry!

Thank schlipa
Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

Visiting from the UK and found this restaurant on TripAdvisor. Came here at 5pm. Lentil popadoms - interesting. Non-veg starter $14 basil chicken chicken samosa and tiger shrimp. Starters: Basil chicken - is as what it sounds. samosa - more couscous than chicken tiger shrimp...More

Thank Tom L
Reviewed 3 March 2018

This is serves competent Indian food in a fast food setting. The service was on par with the food: ok, nothing more or less

Thank mlztravel
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Great Indian restaurant. My husband and I have eaten curries all over the world and the food here reminded us of our time in the Middle East. Very authentic and fresh. From the starters to the dessert the food was excellent. Great service and ambience....More

Thank Sarah J
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

On my US trip there was many times when I had cravings for Indian food. The Masala was amongst the best where I had best Indian food. Paani poori, dahii Chaat, tandoori chicken with 🍺 beer. Best time went in eating and resulted in over...More

Thank mytravelindex
Reviewed 27 December 2017

I went here on the reviews for the chicken tikka Masala. I will say the masala was very sweet, which I was not used to. I have never had a sweet Masala sauce before. I wasn’t a huge fan of this dish, even though this...More

Thank Russell3939
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

On holiday and looking for something which wasn't fried or typically American. We were struggling to find an Indian restaurant in NY but when we stayed in LES I found MasalaWala on TripAdvisor. Was a little restaurant which was busy but we got sat straight...More

Thank michelle s
Reviewed 8 December 2017

This tiny restaurant in SOHO is our new favorite Indian restaurant in New York City. Patrons are treated royally from the moment that they enter the door. The staff is genuinely friendly and uniformly professional. Every item on the menu that we tried was outstanding....More

Thank cedric09
Reviewed 25 October 2017

I went with my wife, and we had the most delicious food here for a good price. The service was great, and we would definitely come again, the next time we´re in this part of town. We had two vegetarian dishes plus a starter, but...More

Thank Michael H
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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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