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The MasalaWala

Certificate of Excellence
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Neighbourhood:
Lower East Side
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179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547 (East Houston Street)
+1 212-358-9300
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12:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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!!!

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Thank AandE888
Munich, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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!

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Thank IsabelTrixi
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank boquerones101
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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 agreed that the food at The Wasala Wala was the best we have ever eaten... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

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

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Thank frizzystork
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 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 dropped by after we already filed our order. He advised that there is a spicier... More 

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Capitola, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 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 quite at the time.

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Thank AlantheRover
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

I was here with my husband and we liked it, nice restaurant with nice people! Great service and ambiance 👌

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Thank AVITAL_JIRAD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Very friendly staff, you feel really welcome. The restaurant is small and intimate. Great food. We recommend this place!

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Thank Damkroken
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Cool little place, very intimate (small). The service was decent, not exceptional. For example we asked for everything to come out at the same time well they brought out one dish when it was ready, the next one later, and forgot one. The mango lassi wasn't that great and really tasted like it was almost like food service quality. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Cuisine
Indian, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 00:00
Monday
12:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 00:00
Thursday
12:00 - 00:00
Friday
12:00 - 00:00
Saturday
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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