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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
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We made reservations and we're seated promptly. This is small place which serves wine and beer. Appetizers were good. Main course were big. All main course comes with rice. Not too many choice for desert. Staff was attentive and friendly. Service was great.

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Doha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A tiny interior but excellent service and savory dishes make this a favorite for locals in the neighborhood as well as tourists. Don't be surprised by reserve signs on the table. Try the chili cheese naan - you won't be disappointed.

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Thank Mohana R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I arrived on a Saturday night in February about 15 minutes before the restaurant closed. In our home town, the waiter would have blithely told us the restaurant was already closed and sent us on our way. Instead, we were promptly seated, even though there was only one other patron in the restaurant and the wait staff... More 

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Thank Cristina P
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Astonishing indian cuisine with great people working in the restaurant! I recommend to everyone who is looking for spectacular indian experience in NYC!

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Thank Włas C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in NYC and want to eat genuine indian food you have to come here!!! Great food, great people and atmosphere!!!!!

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Thank Basia S
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Food is excellent - fresh and well prepared. Owner and staff go out of their way to make you feel welcomed without being overbearing. Prices are reasonable. Although we didn't have a reservation on a busy night, they were able to seat our party of three within 25 minutes. I'll be returning very soon!

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We turned up on the off chance we could get a table and the staff were very helpful and friendly. I eat indian food regularly in various cities and the food here was excellent. Great value for money too and great atmosphere.

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Thank Mandy156
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

My husband and I ate here on Monday evening and ordered a starter, meat and vegetarian main courses, all dishes were lovely, with plenty of choice on the menu. Restaurant decor, atmosphere and service were all excellent and we would definitely return again if staying in Manhattan

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Woodbridge, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

If you can close your eyes to the neighbourhood and to the very small place, then you will be very happy to eat at this great and very friendly Indian food place in NYC. The food came in very big portions and was delicious. Try the Chicken Chudri (first one on chicken menu) - sauce is absolutely amazing. Garlic naan... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We have eaten at many Indian restaurants in various U.S. cities over the years. Without a doubt MasalaWala is the best. We walked in about 3 P.M. The waiter was helpful in both suggestions and service. While I honestly cannot remember what we had, all of it was excellent including the bread. The prices were reasonable, too. As a suggestion... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$10 - $30
Cuisine
Indian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children
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
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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