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The MasalaWala

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend and I happened into The Wasala Wala while wandering on the Lower East Side looking for a place to have dinner. We are both world travelers and great fans of Indian food who have dined in Indian restaurants on many continents, and we agreed that the food at The Wasala Wala was the best we have ever eaten... More 

Thank Dennis C
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

tiny little restaurant with big personality and big flavors! Authentic Indian food, great for the vegan traveller also

Thank frizzystork
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The restaurant has a cosy atmosphere paired with very attentive but not intrusive service. The menu features a wide range of typical and speciality dishes from the Indian kitchen including some fantastic curries. We caught the owner's, Masala Wala, interest when ordering hot food who dropped by after we already filed our order. He advised that there is a spicier... More 

Thank Carsten G
Capitola, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

As our hotel was just around the corner, we stopped off here for dinner after theater. It was close to 11pm so fairly quiet. The food was good and the quantities generous. The price was reasonable for the location. Service was good, but it was quite at the time.

Thank AlantheRover
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

I was here with my husband and we liked it, nice restaurant with nice people! Great service and ambiance 👌

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

Very friendly staff, you feel really welcome. The restaurant is small and intimate. Great food. We recommend this place!

Thank Damkroken
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Cool little place, very intimate (small). The service was decent, not exceptional. For example we asked for everything to come out at the same time well they brought out one dish when it was ready, the next one later, and forgot one. The mango lassi wasn't that great and really tasted like it was almost like food service quality. The... More 

Thank KingHuskey
Caracas, Venezuela
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

We had lunch with a lot of plates to taste: all were very good, but special mention to the lamb, chicken tikka masala and chicken samosas...staff were very polite but their English wasn't so good, so be prepared in case you need recommendations...

Thank Gagopedertr
San Miguel de Abona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

This place is a real gem! The Peshwari Naan was so good , and the Lentil soup is a must! The spice level was perfect and dishes are generous. The service was great, and prices are reasonable...

Thank samuelgordon55
Collingswood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

Small place which I found through Yelp and was able to make a reservation on Open Table. Pretty good food as well. We had chana masala and lamb biryani and a chaat. All dishes were tasty and service was good. We got medium spicy and were feeling the burn, so beware.

Thank kt3

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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
$10 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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