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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
12:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Wilmington, Delaware
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015

If you crave an authentic Indian curry whilst in NYC, then find the time to visit this small restaurant with a great atmosphere, in the lower East Side. You'll likely be greeted by the charming and friendly owner (the "masala wala") who'll take the time to chat with you and offer suggestions from the menu based on your tastes. Whatever... More 

Thank CK4ACE
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015 via mobile

The restaurant is a little cozy place where the food is very good ( be ware of the spices though ^^ ) and it also has a good quality of service.

Thank Florence G
New Orleans, Louisiana
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9 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015 via mobile

We have been in the place for indian/ Pakistani food , the price simply was too expensive and the taste was not so impressive with too little portions in comparison to many other indian restaurants we tried before as they come with better taste, price, and portions. The resturant is small but clean with a nice decor, but as I... More 

Thank Rena J
New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

the food was awesome . the fish malabar and a the grill platter are a must try , the staff was very warm and the owner extremely welcoming , will def go back , i highly recommend this restaurant to everyone who wants to have home made indian food , the mango dessert was GREAT !!

Thank sharmila41
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2015 via mobile

First time here with family and friends and the owner greeted us very kindly even though most of the tables were reserved. The appetizers came first. The food, incredible. I had the lamb rogan josh, but I bet if I had anything on the menu it would've been just as delicious. It is definitely a place you need to come... More 

Thank ReggieCollarBonez
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2015 via mobile

Great little place for Indian food with a home cooking feel! Their Mango Ice cream is a must to digest easily afterwards!!

Thank George d
Richmond, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2015

My wife loves Indian food (I'm so-so about it), but it was her birthday and I wanted to surprise her with a great meal. Based on the reviews I picked this place in NYC. It lives up to the reviews. Great service, excellent food and reasonable NYC prices. Not many tables but you don't feel too crowded. Vast selection of... More 

1 Thank skivrmt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2015 via mobile

We visited the best Indian restaurant in NYC. You know that when you step in. Great authentic service, nice lamb, gorgeous chicken massala and the best mango desert we've ever had. Treat yourselves and go to The Masala Wala!

Thank ErwinTuin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2015 via mobile

I came to New York to visit family on a budget. By the time a friend and I decided to meet up, I was on the broke side. The first place she picked looked like grease city and o declined when she introduced the idea of Indian cuisine I said yes without hesitation. I love Indian food! We checked the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015 via mobile

If you like authentic indian food… definitely go to this place. I have hardly tasted a better biriyani than this place, and that is not all, dp save some place for dessert. You will love it.

2 Thank Pinak C

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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
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
Cheap Eats, 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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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