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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
$$ - $$$
179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

Service was excellent. They gave us time to chat a few minutes before ordering and then we were served quickly and our water glasses were always full. If you come at peak times, I suggest reserving a table as they only had maybe 10 tables...More

Thank iwanderafar
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Good Indian / Pakistani food their butter nan, roghan josh and chicken vindaloo were lip smacking but the masala tea was disappointing. Raas Malai for dessert was as authentic as it can be very delicious. Since we went at around 330 pm place was empty...More

Thank Doctorpulmo
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

We ate lunch. The food was fantastic and extremely flavorful. Lunch menu also offers great options at a very good price. I would want to go back and try this place for dinner as the food and service were excellent.

1  Thank RajHaribhakti
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This is our go-to Indian place in any neighborhood. We are vegetarians and all of their veggie dishes have tremendous flavor. It's consistent, authentic, fresh, delicious. Love the samosas and garlic naan. One time the owner let us try a frozen mango dessert (don't think...More

Thank Galina N
Reviewed 27 August 2017

My family was visiting NY (5 people). I found this place through yelp and I read that they offer a lunch special daily from 12 to 4. I couldn't join them, so I wrote down exactly what they should order (since they're not familiar with...More

Thank Karolina L
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We selected Masalawala based on rave reviews for our final dinner in NY. We were group of 8 with 2 kids and reached around 8:30pm, were given a table, menu cards served and were going to order. Me and my friend stepped out at this...More

1  Thank Ravi K
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Came here for my wife's birthday dinner and left with a happy wife. Yelp had a checkin offer for free samosa. The samosa tasted so good that we went for the samosa chat and were not disappointed. The lamb rogan ghosh had perfectly cooked lamb,...More

1  Thank Rajiv J
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Let's put it this way, the couple of times I've been here I've finished all my food. Everything here is delicious, and the service is great. The owner makes his presence known, makes sure his staff is on top of things, and makes sure to...More

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
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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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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
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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