The MasalaWala

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$30 and under
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The MasalaWala is more than just a merchant of spice…it’s an embodiment of the inventive soul that loves the art of discovering perfect proportions. A meal here is a heart-warming experience that delicately balances tradition with adventure, delicious taste with a healthy mindset, and time-tested technique with modern technology. At The MasalaWala, we think traditional Indian deserves a new twist. Think hip. Think fresh. Think creative yet casual. Because that’s what South Asian street food is all about – and we believe these fun little dishes are truly the best food South Asia has to offer! But you'll also find signature Indian curries and the most popular entrees for those days that call for classic comfort. The MasalaWala is our way of bringing local flavor across the globe, and wrapping it up in a cozy neighborhood restaurant that appeals to all five senses.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Indian, Southeast Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch & Dinner:

Daily: 12:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(212) 358-9300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chhimi Dorje
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We cater to all types of occasions and celebrations. From intimate events to large family or corporate banquets, our specialty is providing you excellent quality dishes that will impress your guests. We also provide live cooking stations at request for Large Banquets or Corporate Events
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Cross street
East Houston Street
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Parking details
There is a paid parking lot attached to the restaurant, while there are available metered spots around the Essex/E. Houston Street area
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Public transit
MTA Subway:
2 Ave. (F)
Delancey St. (F)
Essex St. (J, M, Z)
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Designed by award-winning architecture firm, Method Design

Inside Indian culture the MasalaWala is the purveyor of spices whose colored and textured stalls are ubiquitously found across every market. The design of The MasalaWala restaurant in the Lower East Side of New York City was influenced by the local traditions from which it originated.
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