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The MasalaWala
Indian Restaurant$$
Today 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
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179 Essex St New York, NY 10002
179 Essex StreetUSNew YorkNew York10002
$$Indian Restaurant, Pakistani Restaurant
Indian Restaurant
Pakistani Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
South Asian Restaurant
Today 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Saturday 12:00 PM – 12:00 AMSunday 12:00 PM – 12:00 AMMonday 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 AM
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Colorful, art-filled eatery serving classic Indian cuisine & South Asian street food with a twist.- Google
"For dessert, we went with the chef's specialty, Rabri Ras Malai ($6."
"Chicken Tikka Masala & Malai Kofta were awesome."
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Aamir Atl
2 months ago
Friendly but slooow service, even when ordering only appetizers. Could benefit by adding one more staff member to serve patrons. Serving sizes smaller than expected. Good taste. Don't forget to check in at Yelp to get ur free samosa.
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Paul Brown
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Delicious! Stop here for brunch on a weekend if you want awesome food and don't want to wait 2 hours for a place just because it serves "brunch" (read: eggs).
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Jamie Matthews
2 months ago
Great Indian food. The Paneers serving size are large and the butter Naan is so good.
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James Hartley
3 months ago
Great food, great place, great host. Make sure to get the mango kulfi if you have room for dessert - amazing!
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Lady Ace
2 months ago
Lapin and I came to here for dinner on a quiet Wednesday night. When we arrived there was only one other group of three eating, although slowly throughout the meal there was a small trickle of people arriving but they had many take out orders. The servers were nice, but weren’t really attentive and I had a bit of difficulty understanding them. One waiter said this bottle of wine was cheaper and then another waiter came over and said the exact opposite. It was confusing meal to say the least but they were very accommodating when we asked for extra sauce for our food. The owner of MasalaWala came over to our table and introduce himself and thanked us for coming by. He was very nice and seemed genuinely interested when he asked us questions. We ordered the Wala non-veg sampler ($12) which had Mumbai Chicken Samosa (meh, wasn’t a fan of the ground meat), Lucknow Malai Tikka (chicken was okay by itself but delicious with the sauce) and Malai Tiger Shrimp (super delicious). We also ordered the veg sampler which had Mumbai Samosa (my favorite, super delicious with chutney), Dilli Bajji ( a bit greasy for my liking) and Paneer Pudina Tikka (I wasn’t a fan of the texture, reminds me a bit of tofu). I ordered the Malai Tiger Shrimp ($18) and Lapin got the Wala Mix Grill($21). Our entrees took a bit of time to come out -- almost an hour. My food was cold when it came out and Lapin’s kebabs were nice warm. It was probably because his entree came with every single type of protein under the Tandoori Grill section. The entrees do not come with any naan or rice and they usually recommend ordering an accompaniment to make the meal more enjoyable. My Malai shrimps were delicious, I got them done extra hot. They was a bit of a delayed heat. After eating the first 3 out of 8 shrimps, I started feeling the heat. Lapin enjoyed his plate o’ meat a lot. Every single piece of meat was a huge portion and would be good enough for two people or just one hungry man. The bottle of Pennywise Chardonnay($36) we ordered with the meal paired very well. For dessert, we went with the chef’s specialty, Rabri Ras Malai ($6). For the price, it was a bit underwhelming. We got two small quarter size cottage dumplings in a half inch sauce of condense milk and rose water. I wouldn’t necessarily say I was a fan but it had an interesting taste. I just wished there was more of the dessert to get a better taste of it. They also have Happy Hour specials everyday from 4pm to 6:30pm where the prices looks reasonable. We would come back but perhaps around Happy Hour.
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Guru Nandan Singh
a month ago
Generally I do not give 1 star. But this one deserves to get one. Since I do not take rice, requested bread in place of rice. The response was quite standoffish and rude.They are quite rigid. Not ready to cater to clients need. Food was also average. It was a nice gesture that proprietary/manager came along and mingled with the people but was defensive about the feedback and was quite patronising. Overall a poor dining experience. Will avoid the place in future.
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swapniel salaria
6 months 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!
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Maxi S
4 months ago
Great Food, good Service. The Owner came to our table and asked if everything is fine and did some small talk. It's very authentic and delicious


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