Alachi Masala

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$30 and under
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Indian

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Alachi Masala takes its name from the Alachi (Cardamom), a very small but extremely flavorful spice that has been used for thousands of years. We at Alachi Masala strive to bring you flavorful dishes that embody the best of Indian cuisine while at the same time recognizing that some like it hot and some like it not!

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KevinS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, and the price is reasonable. The service is attentive as well. We ordered many different kinds of lamb stew and Naan. They are all super good. We will come back again.

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vipElyu
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

The food was fine if you like the Americanized version of Indian food...but if you want something that resembles real Indian food, I'd skip this place.

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vipbac528
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our go to for the best Indian food! Food and service are always the best... they treat you like family.

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vipKBNYC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Alachi Masala is our hidden gem of the UWS. The food is delicious, and not to mention, extremely reasonable with their 3 course special for $19.99. The service is impeccable and every server is kind and attentive. The fact that this place is BYOB makes it a home run.

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JulietC
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It's a nice small restaurant and great food. I love that you can bring your own bottle of wine. The server were friendly too.

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vipJojo
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful vegan selection of food and breads!

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vipmaria
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was average. It was rather dirty, the menus had four on them, the salt and pepper shakers were sticky to touch.

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JillJ
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My chicken tikka was on the dry side. Our waitress acted as if she wanted to be doing anything other than waiting tables. The other service people seemed good and attentive, and they let us sit and talk without rushing us (it was a quiet night), and I like that the restaurant doesn't use ghee. I gave 4 stars to give them the benefit of the doubt, since I only tried one meal, and maybe our waitress was having a bad day.

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Gerald
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went with our vegan son who was happy to see many dishes marked vegan. The food was tasty - we asked for "mild" spice level. I would have preferred medium but you can custom this by dish. Portions good sized and they include rice. Dessert, rice pudding, was outstanding. No licquor license so you an BYO.

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SimonS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best Indian in New York. Live in the UES now and come back here when we can

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vipSimon
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good quality food and value, love the BYO option.

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vipOldtimer
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classic indian restaurant, above average in terms of food, ambiance, and service.

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vipLidien
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. We go there each time we are in the neighborhood,

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great food. No frills. Bring your own booze. Excellent all round.

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LindaE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant always has the most reliable service and quality of food. I like the BYOB aspect since I enjoy my wine, and the staff is always accommodating and pleasant.

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vipSimon
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very honest and tasty, nicely balanced spice without too much heat. Try the house/chef specials. Love the BYO option. Will be back

CG
vipCGould
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! The food is great, it’s BYOB and the people are wonderful.

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KariL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This is a small place with friendly, helpful staff.
NOTE: they do not have alcohol, but you can BYO and there is no corking fee.
They have great GF options including bread!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall2food3service5ambience4

Food was mediocre at best

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vipBobby
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and great food!!

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vivrepourvivre
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The chicken biryani was excellent, as was the chana saag. The only thing that I can say anything negative was a loud baby. After that party left, it was actually quiet enough to carry on a decent conversation, and quit pleasant. The meal was delicious. Service was very good, and I will definitely return.

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AstoldbyTJ1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the food.

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vipbac528
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian food on UWS.... service is always great as is the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Everything other than aloo paratha was sub par. Aloo paratha was acceptable.

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vipLuvfoo
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience4

A repeat favorite.mif you like Indian food,Mary this place. Nthe prices are reasonable,mths seasonings delicious and the service great.

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vipsalemwitch
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience2

as promised by the other reviews, alachi masala offers very good (and to me authentic) indian food. i can see that when it is crowded, it might be a less pleasant experience than what we had (it is small, and the tables are close together)...but we were fortunate to have very few other diners in the place when we went, so it was quiet and cozy.
service is friendly and accommodating, altho surprisingly slow for having so few diners. i was glad that i had been warned that it's byob (rather than finding out when i got there, and having to hunt down something more thrilling than water or juice to drink). i must say that the mango lassi was outstanding...and the rest of the food quite good--well seasoned (you can choose your level of spiciness) and well prepared (altho the portions weren't generous ones).
we will probably go back for takeout, rather than eating in next time, however. the ambiance is somewhat lacking--altho don't know how it cd be made much better in that space....

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vipCriticalone
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We were just disappointed with the overall quality and taste of the food. We really love good Indian and we're sad that we did not find it on our trip to New York.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place for a casual meal- BYOB makes it a great value also- the place is small but cozy- and the service is attentive and good. The portions are ample (Usually have enough to take home) and very tasty. I would recommend- it is a great neighborhood find.

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ranaldd
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great local spot... and they will make the meals to specified spice limits my advice is to go hotter ..

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Would not return. Tikka Masala tasted mope like tomato sauce. Chicken pieces in the entree were good though. Good naan. But overall mediocre to poor tasting food.

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VandyMom
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Alachi Masala serves top notch Indian food in its small Upper Westside restaurant. Service is quick. Two meat dishes and two vegetable dishes were plenty for four people eating family style. The cost is quite reasonable. Highly recommended for a casual dinner. Reservations are recommended, especially for a party larger than 4.

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vipMR12
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid BYOB place on the UWS. Interesting, tasty food -- good service.

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Lainey
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2016
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food was delicious. Not a fancy place, just good.

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MaryO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2016
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Acceptable Indian Food, Very small and cramped. Personally, I don't care for small crowded restaurants, where you can't help but eavesdrop on those on either side of you. But for those who don't mind that, it's OK. Service was exceptional.

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vipCGould
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Love the Bhel pours appetizer! The three course dinner special is one of the best deals on the UWS. One of the few BYOB places.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!!! Great traditional Indian restaurant!!! They even cooked one of our favorite dishes which wasn't on the menu!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Solid, authentic Indian Food! Great Value, with BYOB

CG
vipCGould
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have been here several times and it's always wonderful. We ordered the dinner special this time and it was an amazing value. Staff are very nice. Extra bonus-it is BYOB!

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dmmiller2k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Three apps and three mains (plus an order of Papadam to start then raita and garlic Naan during the meal) was the perfect amount of food for four hungry men. It's entirely possible that the four bottles of wine we brought may have colored this review :)

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vipNYCguy
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is great as usual. Dishes don't seem to be cleaned too throughly (based on this and several other dining experiences here). Had