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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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“garlic naan” (23 reviews)
“samosas” (14 reviews)
“chicken” (25 reviews)
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179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
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71 - 80 of 266 reviews

Reviewed 24 September 2015

We english miss our curries when abroad and were glad we stumbled by accident upon this Indian restaurant close to our hotel on delancey street. The place was completely full, but were told to return in 20 minutes and got an outdoor table, which was...More

2  Thank daveashuk
Reviewed 22 September 2015

excelent food and service, also we met the owner who was very charming and worried that everything eas perfect during the dinner. real indian food, if you are in NY you have to go to this restaurant but please make a reservation first.

Thank Alejandra A
Reviewed 20 September 2015

Had some of the best samosas I have ever had and enjoyed the vegetarian croquettes in almond sauce with marvelous light rice. There are quite a lot of waiters for the size of this restaurant who take good care of you but sometimes you just...More

Thank MsDolly07
Reviewed 16 September 2015

We eat Indian food often so it was good to find a great restaurant so close to our hotel on the LES. It was so good we ate there 2 of our 5 nights in NYC!! The staff were very friendly and appreciated our custom,...More

1  Thank David G
Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

This is very small place but food is good, we had vegetarian food there and everything was nice and tasty, staff is friendly. I enjoyed eating there, recommend to my friends surely.

Thank Sudhendu D
Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

Lively little spot in the East village. Food is very tasty. Each with a different flavor. The lamb chops were fantastic. There's a Calcutta feel in some of the dishes....which is nice Owner (the Masalawala) was around and chatting with the diners.

Thank khanna
Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

Excellent service, excellent food at a reasonable price (90 dollars for two which included a drink each). Our waiter recommended specials which were very tasty and even downsold us as he thought we had ordered too much. I try not to go to the same...More

Thank mrstanEdinburgh
Reviewed 19 August 2015

so great! love the food and the wait staff were really nice i could not have asked for a better meal and experience

Thank Victoria R
Reviewed 19 August 2015

Out of this tiny restaurant came one of the best Indian meals we have ever had. Everything was cooked to perfection, albeit on the spicy side (even for us and we eat a lot of spicy food.) I particularly liked their take on Biryani -...More

1  Thank alsithy
Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

Very well deserve the drive down to MasalaWala.... Great food, nice place... Near to the Statue of Liberty Crusiers... Lentil soup is a must... Good Job

Thank Jon_Elorriaga
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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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
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, 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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