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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 January 27, 2016 via mobile

I'm not sure why other reviews rate this restaurant. My colleague and I were disappointed by the quality of food and service. Food was bland. Not what you would expect. One to miss.

Thank gilksy
Reviewed January 25, 2016

Due to the reviews my colleague and I decided to go here, terrible disappointment. The vegetarian starters were greasy and bland. Tandoori chicken was so undercooked I had a pool of blood on my plate. I would definitely not recommend the food!

Thank Molly P
Reviewed January 18, 2016

if Mamma were an Indian man who took enormous pride in his excellent food offerings and delightfully friendly staff. It has been a long time since I was in a restaurant at which the proprietor stopped at every table, learned a little about each guest,...More

Thank Yentaoftravel
Reviewed January 11, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were here in early December and enjoyed the food and great service. I enjoy spicy food, and had my dish was served "Indian spicy". It was outstanding. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys authentic Indian food. THE MasalaWala...More

Thank imonthebeach
Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

We have travelled far and wide, eaten Indian food all over and in homes. This meal was fantastic. All the food was excellent. The service was great and the owner could not have been more charming, kind and accommodating if we were his house guests....More

Thank PennyW72
Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

After reading the reviews I decided I couldn't miss this place but what a disappointment. Although the portions were large, the food was bland and belonged in a buffet at best. The pakoras had no seasoning from what I could detect and the tikka masala...More

1  Thank Davidovich2
Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant serves up freshly made delicious Indian food that will impress you! The samosas were fresh and crisply baked; the jahlfreze had fresh lamb and the perfect spice level (also perfectly described by our excellent server). Because it's fresh it takes a bit of...More

Thank Hank F
Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

We found this restaurant by chance. We had a great time and would recommend. Seating - we got a seat without a reservation at around 7 pm on a Thursday night. The restaurant takes bookings. It's quite small and has space for approximately 30 -...More

Thank Graham M
Reviewed November 27, 2015

Enjoyed a meal here, the service is very good and friendly, place is a bit cramped and hard to hear one another but still a pleasant experience.

Thank Stecol87
Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

Great little Indian restaurant tucked into a small dining space. Be prepared to eat with your neighbor but that's part of the enjoyment of this quaint little New York style Indian gourmet restaurant. Recommend lentil soup!

Thank Pheelinpow
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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