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The MasalaWala

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Lower East Side
Indian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani
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179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547 (East Houston Street)
MTA Subway: 2 Ave. (F) Delancey St. (F) Essex St. (J, M, Z)
+1 212-358-9300
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 171
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  • 41
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  • 14
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  • 5
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
love it!

so great! love the food and the wait staff were really nice i could not have asked for a better meal and experience

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

so great! love the food and the wait staff were really nice i could not have asked for a better meal and experience

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Bern
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 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 

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Coral Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

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

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Tel Aviv
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52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

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

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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 

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Willows, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 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!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

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 

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 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 

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Restaurant Details

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
  • Neighborhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-358-9300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Indian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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