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The MasalaWala

179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
+1 212-358-9300
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
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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...More

Thank GJKAnchorageAK
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...More

Thank stewartf
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...More

Thank Erinpres
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
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
Reviewed December 15, 2016

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
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...More

Thank Dennis C
Reviewed November 16, 2016

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

Thank frizzystork
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...More

Thank Carsten G
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...More

Thank AlantheRover
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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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
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, 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
  • E-mail
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