When I planned my trip to NYC I knew ahead of time that I wanted to find a wonderful Indian restaurant so I checked Tripadvisor. Of the 175 Indian Restaurants in NYC, The MasalaWala was ranked as #3 (I couldn't afford to eat at the #1 & 2) and having checked their menu online I was sold. When I got off the plane at JFK I made my way to Manhattan, dropped off my stuff at the hostel, and then made my way directly to the restaurant. I was starving and very excited to finally try the food. I got there about 1:30 p.m on a Friday afternoon. First I was surprised at how very small the restaurant is, a lot smaller than I imagined! Secondly, I was very concerned that when I went in there wasn't a single occupied table. Where was everyone? What did this mean? A friend was on his way to meet me for lunch but I went ahead an ordered the Chai and an order of Vegetarian Samosas. While I waited I saw that they were doing a fair bit of business with carry out and delivery orders which made me feel a bit better. I figure they must be a lot busier at dinner time. As small as they are, at dinner you must really need a reservation! The Chai was lovely and the Samosas were divine. My friend arrived and as this was his first time having Indian it was lovely to have the personal attention of the owner and the wait-staff to answer his questions. I ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala, salad, Garlic Naan, Mango Lassi and we split another order of Samosas. All of it was wonderful, hot, and pleasently presented on modern white dishes. I was especially pleased that when we paid how affordable it was. I paid for all of the dishes mentioned and with taxes and tip it was only $27.96!! Of course this is lunch prices so dinner will be more expensive, but I left full and with leftovers to give to my friend! I highly recommend. If you are from a larger city with lots of Indian options then you may not be as impressed but I only have two Indian restaurants near me and they don't even come close to The MasalaWala!
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