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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, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
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Reviewed 28 January 2017 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...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2017 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...More

Thank im666_1999
Reviewed 17 January 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,...More

Thank shhhh2u
Reviewed 10 January 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 8 January 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 31 December 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 31 December 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 27 December 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 15 December 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 17 November 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
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 neighbourhoods 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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What are your gluten-free options?
7 August 2016|
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Response from FortVince R | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don't know but I remember a gluten free menu
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-358-9300
  • E-mail
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