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The MasalaWala

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Neighborhood:
Lower East Side
Indian, 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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Today
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant

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Visitor rating
  • 142
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Great Indian Food!

Went with a friend while visiting New York, the food was exceptionally good and the service was perfect, great cozy atmosphere. We truly enjoyed our visit, thank you!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
RoshiPt
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went with a friend while visiting New York, the food was exceptionally good and the service was perfect, great cozy atmosphere. We truly enjoyed our visit, thank you!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

With a warm welcome and great food we really enjoyed our time in this restaurant. Lot of good stuff on the menu. Do not hesitate to ask for suggestions :) they proved to be worth it for me.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

We got stuck in a NYC traffic jam and started wondering if it is worthwhile to make the trip to East Village which was far from where we were staying...but boy weren't we glad that we didn't go back. The place is small, but the ambience is charming. The food is not the typical run of the mill Indian stuff.... More 

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Bratislava Region, Slovakia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Great place, delicious food, cozy ambience, warm welcome of Mr. Wala, the funniest guy ever. We really enjoyed everythig and we would love to return in a near future.

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Based on positive TA reviews, we made the trek from our midtown hotel expecting great Indian food. We liked the Peshawari naan and the mango ice cream. There was nothing else that we had that I could recommend. The samosa was about the worst I have ever had. We had some non-descript chicken dish and a blah fish dish (mahi-mahi)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Best to make a reservation as it is quite a compact restaurant. Really good North Indian food and the staff and owner really makes you feel welcome.

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Oslo, Norway
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Truly a great experience! Delicious Indian food with a twist. Reasonable prices and great service. Definitely recommended.

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Bergen, Norway
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3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We were in the neighborhood, but didn't have any reservations. Found the restaurant though the TripAdvisor-app for New York and took a chance. It's a small restaurant - but we managed to snag the last free table. The food was awesome. Whenever we visit somewhere new we always try to find an Indian-restaurant, and we almost always have the Chicken... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Whenever my girlfriend and I travel to a new city we always try to find a good Indian restaurant, and luckily we stumbled upon the MasalaWala. The food was delicious and affordable. The staff and owner was really friendly. The restaurant is a bit small, so it might be smart to book ahead. Really happy we found this place, and... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

If a tiny Indian restaurant on Essex Street off Houston Street is rated 81st of almost 12,000 restaurants in New York City, you immediately know that this place has to be special. And it is. We went there recently for the first time and the food was remarkably better than any of the hundreds of other Indian places in its... 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, 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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The MasalaWala staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Lower East Side
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