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The MasalaWala

179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
+1 212-358-9300
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“garlic naan” (25 reviews)
“naans” (19 reviews)
“chaat” (7 reviews)
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Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank RajHaribhakti
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 August 9, 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

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Reviewed August 6, 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

Thank Rajiv J
Reviewed July 27, 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 May 22, 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 May 16, 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
Reviewed May 14, 2017 via mobile

This place was packed in a Sat night! The atmosphere it warm, cozy, inviting and comfortable so sad I didn't stay to eat here and got it to go. The staff is very attentive, friendly - they care about the customer experience. My veggie somosas...More

Thank ckwokers
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 neighborhoods 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
$10 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Romantic
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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