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About The MasalaWala
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.
New York, NY 10002
Indian, Southeast Asian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dinner:
Daily: 12:00pm - 12:00am
East Houston Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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
There is a paid parking lot attached to the restaurant, while there are available metered spots around the Essex/E. Houston Street area
2 Ave. (F)
Delancey St. (F)
Essex St. (J, M, Z)
Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The MasalaWala Ratings and Reviews
Have been dying to try Masala Wala and it did NOT disappoint. The basil chicken appetizer was AMAZING. Our samosas were cold in the middle, unfortunately, but the people next to us ordered multiple orders saying they were the best, so it might have been a fluke for us. The lamb korma was the best I've ever had. The garlic naan is a must order. Mr. Masalawala came to our table personally, thanked us for coming, hugged us on the way out, really made us feel special. Can't wait to come back again.
The food was excellent! The service was wonderful. Our friends were running about 20 minutes late but we were seated before they arrived and were not rushed by the staff in the least. The curry was fantastic. The waiter asked how spicy I wanted my dish. I got medium spicy and it was fantastic! The owner was so gracious and gave us a free dessert that was absolutely yummy (mango ice cream). I would definitely return. It was a very enjoyable meal.
Overall it was a fantastic experience, very friendly owner, good energy and fantastic food.
We had the lamb curry and the chicken curry, the lamb was absolutely delicious, the chicken sauce could have been a little spicier but overall I highly recommend this place and will come back.
Thank you for this great experience.
We chose Masalawala because they had great reviews and we were right to do so. FANTASTIC food and Mr MasalaWala were so friendly and funny.
The prices were relatively low according to New York and work every penny :).
A definite must for every person visiting New York!!
The food was decent, a bit loud at 7 PM, and also slightly cramped but all these were more than made up by the excellent service of the staff and especially the owner who kindly asked if we needed anything and expedited our order when it seemed to have been forgotten.
Masalawala did not dissapoint. The Lamb Biriyani, Chicken Tikka Masala, Tiger Shrimp and Non Veg Sampler were all delicious. Food is a must try and the owner is so sweet! Ambience is nice but the place is very small and it feels tight when all the tables are occupied.
I would love to go back again soon.
Nice place with lovely staff, including the owner who always come out when you pay the bill to thank you and say goodbye. The staff is always refilling the glass with water, no matter if it is only one finger under the edge. Food was very tasty and they serve it very quick. Recommended booking in advance.
Went here with family & friends. Staff was extremely nice and attentive. I arrived a bit early and was promptly attended to, had my proseco in no time while I waited. This is a small restaurant, but we didn't feel cramped. I was visiting in New York and had no idea if anyone would like it, turns out they all love it and eat here often. Have the Malai Tiger Shrimp.....out of this world. When I go back for a visit I will definitely eat here again.
The service was very good here, and the owner came around to each table to express his gratitude for people coming to his restaurant. Overall, we all enjoyed the food, but felt that it wasn't a 5 out of 5 in terms of true desi cuisine, but we really enjoyed the entire evening. The food was fresh, everything came out on time, and the presentation was really nice. Overall, a fun experience!
The service made this one of the best dining experiences I've had. My boyfriend and I accidentally ordered a dish way beyond our heat tolerance level. Without hesitating, the owner of the restaurant brought us a new dish on the house he thought we'd enjoy more. He went so far as to serve it to us and checked up on us to make sure we were enjoying it. Definitely recommend.
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