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The MasalaWala

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$$ - $$$
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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311 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 tenderness of the lamb in the dish. Prices were reasonable and represented good value. The... More 

Thank Domer90mom
New York City, New York
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Watertown, CT
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88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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 November) and was eager to show her another Indian restaurant. She had a lamb dish,... More 

Thank WoofleDust
Swansea, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

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

Thank buzzknit
New York City, New York
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158 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
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, Masala Wala comes by your table to make sure you enjoyed everything puts a finishing... More 

Thank DEBurns
Guthrie Center, Iowa
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Really great experience all around. MasalaWala is not on my normal roster of Indian places. However, they recently donated a huge amount of food to a fundraiser I was part of at the New York Junior League (complete with a very pleasant server who helped at the fundraiser). Between how great the samosas were and how grateful I was for... More 

Thank MichaelNGrom
Tiana (Barcelona)
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Good Indian food in a small space although with a very kind service. Take aways were constant there! Curries are so special and it worths a visit if you're around the area. Reservations by web or email didn't work properly, so use the telephone. En relación a los precios de los restaurantes indios españoles, la cuenta final es un poco... More 

Thank Tricastravelers
Usa, Japan
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195 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Went for dinner Friday night. Had to wait for 15 mins around 830 pm. But wait was worth it. Service was exceptional. Food was good authentic and you could taste the ingredients. The spinach paneer was not the usual ground mush that you get in most place. They offer a choice of spice which is good as the spicy stuff... More 

Thank im666_1999
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Try the Prawn & Cauliflower Appetizers to start. The coconut peanut eggplant is to die for. Garlic Naan, and Chef's creation of Chicken Curry is amazing! Green Tea or Mango frozen Yoghurt...yummmm. I go every week. These people are like family. Everyone receives warm smiles, excellent service, and superb food. Highly recommend. Can't wait to go again next Friday. See... More 

Thank shhhh2u
Anchorage AK
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91 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

If you like excellent Indian food, a warm inviting setting, and friendly knowledgeable service this restaurant is for you. We asked our server to suggest different dishes to give us a good representation of the flavors of India and it was all prepared quickly and all of it was delicious. In fact, the three of us could not say which... More 

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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
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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