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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%
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, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
££ - £££
179 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-1547
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Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

On holiday and looking for something which wasn't fried or typically American. We were struggling to find an Indian restaurant in NY but when we stayed in LES I found MasalaWala on TripAdvisor. Was a little restaurant which was busy but we got sat straight...More

Thank michelle s
Reviewed 8 December 2017

This tiny restaurant in SOHO is our new favorite Indian restaurant in New York City. Patrons are treated royally from the moment that they enter the door. The staff is genuinely friendly and uniformly professional. Every item on the menu that we tried was outstanding....More

Thank cedric09
Reviewed 25 October 2017

I went with my wife, and we had the most delicious food here for a good price. The service was great, and we would definitely come again, the next time we´re in this part of town. We had two vegetarian dishes plus a starter, but...More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

They are a class above the other Indian venues in New York. They are very specific with their spices, and do not water down their food with American flavors to score tourist points. If you do not dine Indian food frequently, you may not be...More

Thank calyinstark
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I are lovers of Indian food, and found this restaurant while visiting SoHo. The food was great, the service was outstanding and the owner, Masalawalla, was terrific. We had a great meal, enjoying both the wonderful flavors of the food and the...More

Thank Jeff T
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Service was excellent. They gave us time to chat a few minutes before ordering and then we were served quickly and our water glasses were always full. If you come at peak times, I suggest reserving a table as they only had maybe 10 tables...More

Thank iwanderafar
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Good Indian / Pakistani food their butter nan, roghan josh and chicken vindaloo were lip smacking but the masala tea was disappointing. Raas Malai for dessert was as authentic as it can be very delicious. Since we went at around 330 pm place was empty...More

Thank Doctorpulmo
Reviewed 8 September 2017

We ate lunch. The food was fantastic and extremely flavorful. Lunch menu also offers great options at a very good price. I would want to go back and try this place for dinner as the food and service were excellent.

1  Thank RajHaribhakti
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This is our go-to Indian place in any neighborhood. We are vegetarians and all of their veggie dishes have tremendous flavor. It's consistent, authentic, fresh, delicious. Love the samosas and garlic naan. One time the owner let us try a frozen mango dessert (don't think...More

Thank Galina N
Reviewed 27 August 2017

My family was visiting NY (5 people). I found this place through yelp and I read that they offer a lunch special daily from 12 to 4. I couldn't join them, so I wrote down exactly what they should order (since they're not familiar with...More

Thank Karolina L
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Romantic
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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