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The MasalaWala

179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
+1 212-358-9300
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
According to TripAdvisor reviewers, this popular Indian eatery in Lower East Side is perfect for families with children. As one put it, "Their butter and garlic naan was also...More
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Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
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Reviewed 10 November 2015 via mobile

The best Indian cuisine I have ever experienced. The spice level was perfect, the waitstaff very attentive, and overall the experience was wonderful!

Thank mdcdr60
Reviewed 6 November 2015

Although the service, lamb chops, appetizers, and tandoori shrimp, were excellent; the eggplant dish, (puréed and muddy tasting), lamb kebab (very dry, finely ground lamb), another lamb dish I forgot the name of, (ground lamb in a curry), were poor. There were five of us...More

Thank arcodon
Reviewed 1 November 2015

What can I say....we go to Indian restaurants in every single big city we visit. I'm not going to start with the food...the service was excellent. From the moment we walked in, we felt like part of the family. We asked for another table, since...More

Thank MyriamMaas
Reviewed 29 October 2015 via mobile

Nice restaurant with great service. Food was really nice en great authentic flavours! Very small place so making a reservation is recommended!

Thank Tjarda d
Reviewed 27 October 2015

When asked to write a review of my favorite Indian restaurant, this is the one that immediately came to mind. New York is full of good Indian restaurants. There are tons on 6th Street in the West Village, many curry houses in Kips Bay where...More

1  Thank n0madnewy0rk
Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

The best Indian food I've ate outside India. Me and my husband ordered palak-paneer, malai-kofta, Garlic-naan and gulab-jamun and chai for desert. everything was great, without exceptions. The service is great. The dishes are generous. The prices are reasonable. only thing to comment about is...More

1  Thank michal a
Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

I had high expectations after all the great reviews on here but though we were greeted and welcomed warmly, unfortunately it all went downhill from there onwards. My husband and brothers meals were wrong and mine was a mix of lambs and chicken when I...More

1  Thank oliviacharig
Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

Indians are always searching for an authentic taste when traveling. Was not disappointed. The over enthusiastic owner/ our host gave out his best effort. We ordered lavishly, the damage was 40 dollars per person. Not bad.

Thank Kunal S
Reviewed 14 October 2015

Good food with awesome ambiance and service. Restaurant has minimal space, but if you are looking for a good food you can count this one in this part of NY.

Thank Jeevanantham P
Reviewed 14 October 2015

I come here on a hot summer day in June and I tell you, it's hot in here. We came here late in the evening and almost closing time so we're the last and only customers here. But still, not really an excuse to shut...More

Thank Max D
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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Sorry don't know but I remember a gluten free menu
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$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, Kids, Romantic, Child-friendly
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
  • Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-358-9300
  • E-mail
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