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The MasalaWala
Indian Restaurant$$
Today 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
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179 Essex St New York, NY 10002
179 Essex StreetUSNew YorkNew York10002
(212) 358-9300themasalawala.com
$$Indian Restaurant, Pakistani Restaurant
Indian Restaurant
Pakistani Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
South Asian Restaurant
Today 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Monday 12:00 pm – 12:00 amTuesday 12:00 pm – 12:00 amWednesday 12:00 pm – 12:00 amThursday 12:00 pm – 12:00 amFriday 12:00 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 12:00 pm – 12:00 amSunday 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
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Colorful, art-filled eatery serving classic Indian cuisine & South Asian street food with a twist.- Google
"Some of the best Indian food I've ever had!"
"Chicken Tikka Masala & Malai Kofta were awesome."
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swapniel salaria
a month ago
Really great food and even better service. Food came out quickly and was delicious. Our server was super attentive. I would highly recommend this place!
Mikhail Slavin
6 months ago
Just got done having lunch there. The place is very nice and cozy, no people and the food was great. Service is pretty nice and swift. They should expand.
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Renee Jacobs
7 months ago
My boyfriend and I chose this place solely because it was close to our other plans. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food, ambiance, and friendliness of the staff. They have a selection of beer ($6-9) and wine for anyone who wants a drink to accompany their meal. We each had one of the chef specials (~$15 with chicken) which were a good proportion and flavorful. If you like things spicy, I recommend asking them to make it extra spicy as even though we both asked for 'spicy' neither was very hot. Of note, the website says that happy hour goes until 6:30 which is inaccurate. Their happy hour ends at 6pm. Although, getting there for happy hour would be great as the drinks and appetizers are half price (most apps were $6-10).
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Raymond Chen
8 months ago
I don't see the hype this place has. The service wasn't that great. I want with my friend in the late afternoon and the place was empty. The waiter took our orders for appetizers and didn't come back to take our order for entree until we called him over. There was 5 male waiters hanging out in the corner. The food was ok. The lamb rogan smelled compared to lamb I had in other indian restaurants. Also the tables were small and they did not take away the menus. We had them on the side and it was there the entire time. The food was decent and the price was okay. Just the service was not that great. Felt like we weren't welcomed there.
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Dipak Kappur
3 months ago
I'm so glad I stumbled onto this restaurant! I appreciate the authenticity and have been looking for a place like this for some time now. The food, service, ambiance were great!
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Eric Werner
a month ago
Always great! Fave Indian delivery in lower Manhattan. Try the Kolkata Gobi Manchurian.
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Pinky Chan
8 months ago
Not sure why this place has such a high rating. I would say at best, this is 3.5. What is up with staff members giving a dirty look when we don't have a reservation? Why don't we have a reservation? Because your site doesn't work and doesn't let us make a reservation. Do we really have to call to make one? Do we live in the 1990's? Don't need your staff attitude..the restaurant wasn't even crowded a bit on a Monday night. Chicken tika masala was mediocre and wasn't creamy enough. I am comparing this with the Malai Marke restaurant... I really enjoyed the bowls that Malai had. Here, they serve it to you in plain white bowls. That might be a minor thing, but it's an atmosphere/personal preference. Small things are nice additional touches. Rice comes with your entree, so no need to order a side of rice. The flavors weren't memorable. If you want to just fill your stomach, this is the place to go -- but if you want to go on a flavor journey, this is not the place for you.
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Suzanne Gause
11 months ago
This place is wonderful! The staff is super friendly and helpful, and was really accommodating even with our large party. We also had a Blackboard Eats coupon and they were helpful in letting us use it with the restrictions. The food is excellent here, especially their chaats and other "street food" options. They serve Kingfisher beer in both the regular and large versions, which my brothers love. I've been here 3 times and each time the owner comes to talk to our table- he is so nice and thoughtful. Love: service, food, the owner
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