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The MasalaWala

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$$ - $$$
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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New York City, New York
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142 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This little lower east side charmer has it all. The ambiance is perfect for a casual evening and the food was exceptional. Add to that the reasonable prices and friendly and caring staff and you have a sure winner. The added touch when the owner, Masala Wala comes by your table to make sure you enjoyed everything puts a finishing... More 

Thank DEBurns
Guthrie Center, Iowa
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really great experience all around. MasalaWala is not on my normal roster of Indian places. However, they recently donated a huge amount of food to a fundraiser I was part of at the New York Junior League (complete with a very pleasant server who helped at the fundraiser). Between how great the samosas were and how grateful I was for... More 

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Tiana (Barcelona)
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good Indian food in a small space although with a very kind service. Take aways were constant there! Curries are so special and it worths a visit if you're around the area. Reservations by web or email didn't work properly, so use the telephone. En relación a los precios de los restaurantes indios españoles, la cuenta final es un poco... More 

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Usa, Japan
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183 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner Friday night. Had to wait for 15 mins around 830 pm. But wait was worth it. Service was exceptional. Food was good authentic and you could taste the ingredients. The spinach paneer was not the usual ground mush that you get in most place. They offer a choice of spice which is good as the spicy stuff... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

Try the Prawn & Cauliflower Appetizers to start. The coconut peanut eggplant is to die for. Garlic Naan, and Chef's creation of Chicken Curry is amazing! Green Tea or Mango frozen Yoghurt...yummmm. I go every week. These people are like family. Everyone receives warm smiles, excellent service, and superb food. Highly recommend. Can't wait to go again next Friday. See... More 

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Anchorage AK
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91 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

If you like excellent Indian food, a warm inviting setting, and friendly knowledgeable service this restaurant is for you. We asked our server to suggest different dishes to give us a good representation of the flavors of India and it was all prepared quickly and all of it was delicious. In fact, the three of us could not say which... More 

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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

We visited after reading the reviews on TP, I have to say the welcome, food and service was excellent. We met the owner who really adds a personal touch to ensure everyone enjoys their food by calling to the tables to advise what food is good (although what we had was fab) but takes the time to speak with his... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were looking for Indian food in a neighborhood that we had yet to explore and came across The Masalawala. The restaurant is intimate and has an elegant but comfortable neighborhood feel. When we arrived, it was full, but after a short wait (which was no problem for us) in a heated front sitting area, we got... More 

Thank Erinpres
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Highly recommend! Owner was so personal and gracious. Staff friendly and efficient. Ambiance just right!!..and the food..PERFECT! Go, you won't be disappointed!!!

Thank AandE888
Munich, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016 via mobile

I can totally recommend this restaurant. Great service, very friendly and especially the restaurant chef was so warm-hearted! Also the food was so delicious - the price, especially for NYC, was absolutely ok and justified. I would eat there again!

Thank IsabelTrixi

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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
Indian, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, 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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