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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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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank GJKAnchorageAK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 

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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I travel around the world and this restaurant ranks up there with the best Indian food I have ever had. Six of us shared many dishes and all were tasty and perfectly prepared. I will definitely come back.

Thank boquerones101
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

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 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

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

Thank frizzystork
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

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 

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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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