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About Alachi Masala

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!

488 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Indian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
83rd and 84th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 874-7420

Website:
http://www.alachimasala.com/

Catering:
We are prepared to cater your next corporate or family occasion. We can also host a private event by reserving our full dining room.

Parking Details:
Street or private lot.

Public Transit:
86 St (1, 2) 79 St (1, 2) 86 St (A, B, C)

Additional:
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Alachi Masala Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

3.8

ambience

3.4

value

3.9

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Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (47)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Groups (11)
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Authentic (8)
Romantic (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Casual (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Spicy (4)
Cozy (3)
Vegan (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Business Meals (1)
Fun (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Vegan, Spicy, Authentic, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was mediocre at best

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Wonderful ambiance and great food!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 28, 2017

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

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....

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 23, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2016

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

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2016

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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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 30, 2016

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2016

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2016

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2016

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2016

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2016

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2016

Solid, authentic Indian Food! Great Value, with BYOB

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2016

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2016

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2015

Food is great as usual. Dishes don't seem to be cleaned too throughly (based on this and several other dining experiences here). Had to as the server for clean glasses twice (water ans wine glass). Service was great, and my request was promptly attended to.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2015

Great friendly service and delicious food. Good local neighborhood Indian restaurant. Love the BYOB! Will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2015

This is a lovely restaurant with outstanding service. The tandoori chicken and garlic nan were outstanding, the chicken tikka masala good. It's the best Indian restaurant in the neighborhood, with unobtrusive but helpful service and reasonable prices.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 11, 2015

The chicken tika was disappointing and the the lamb vindaloo not very spicy. Service was very good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2015

This is my second time at Alachi Masala...the first was on a whim with a group of friends for New Years, and that's all it took for me to become hooked on this place. It's a very cozy place (but then again, I find that most of the best places in Manhattan are usually tucked away), the service is great, food is amazing and there is a BYOB policy with NO corkage fee, which instantly gains Alachi Masala points!!! What I particularly liked was the fact that despite being very small restaurant, at no time (on either occasion) was my party rushed out the door once we had finished eating. There's nothing like having a great meal and then the entire experience is ruined by a host/hostess/server who does everything they can to get you out so they can seat more customers! Overall, my dinner companion and I had a wonderful time and will be back, very soon! 5 stars for Alachi Masala!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2015

Food is always fresh and flavorful. Very small space so not good for a party of more than 4. Very reasonable esperi ally since you can bring your own beer or wine. Their food is great for take out too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2014

The Restaurant service was very attentive and the staff was very friendly. The service was good but unfortunately the food was only mediocre.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 29, 2014

The restaurant is very small but reasonably decorated. The initial impression was marred by a less than friendly hostess. The waiter made a mistake with a food order and tried to put the blame on us.
However, when the food came it was delicious, as good as the curry houses of my youth in England.
I had a delicious lamb dish and my dining partner had chicken korma which was delicately spiced and very flavorful.
The restaurant is conveniently located on Amsterdam in the West 80's. We were there on a Friday evening and it was a ver vibrant scene.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2014

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Good food, and BYOB was a bonus!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2014

went here for a reunion dinner with 10 other friends, and had a great time! the service was wonderful, very laid-back for manhattan. the fact that you can BYOB and there's no corkage fee is practically unheard of in Manhattan, and very conducive to the occasion and our budgets. the food was not outstanding, but totally solid and came out quickly. highly recommend Alachi Masala for an inexpensive fun group dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Boise)·Dined on March 27, 2014

We were a party of five and all enjoyed our dinner at Alachi Masala. The staff was more than accommodating and the food was excellent. It truly is a neighborhood gem!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 21, 2014

I love the area that this restaurant is in. Their meat is always tender and juicy and the naan is spectacular. I also love that it is BYOB with no corking fee. It is a cheap, quiet, hidden gem. So much so that I almost don't want to write a review because I would love to keep it all to myself. My girlfriend and I go at least once a month. It is always quiet and the food is always delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2014

Restaurant was exactly as expected. Fine local indian food. Nothing great. Nothing bad.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 30, 2013

I am new to the neighborhood and simply desired some Indian food. We walked in and simply took a chance even though it wasn't crowded. We came in relatively early and by the time we left, it was packed. The food was good, the waiters were attentive, and no one rushed you out. We came back at a later time and made a reservation since it was a Saturday night. There were larger parties. It's in the neighborhood and I will definitely come here as one of my neighborhood restaurants....good food....

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2013

Ample seating and quick and friendly Service. Delicious food and a lovely atmosphere, I think I will definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2013

We were searching for an indian in the Upper West side and thought we had won a watch with this 'Bring your own booze' number ten blocks from the hotel. We weren't expecting it to be too busy on a tuesday night at 8:30pm, and it was, as expected, very quiet. The lighting was ambient, and we made a romantic night of it, but the staff were very quiet, pleasant, but not as friendly as the other reviews had suggested. the food wasn't what we expected. it was very reasonably priced but the portions were very small. We over-ordered, a sharing starter and three curries to share. However the food wasn't particularly warm, there wasn't enough rice and two out of three curries were pretty bland and generally not great. BYOB good idea. Has potential.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2013

Great food and selections. Service wasn't lacking but could have been a little more upbeat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2013

All on one floor, very quiet so that conversation is possible, very good and some interesting items that I've not seen elsewhere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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