The MasalaWala

The MasalaWala

Indian Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
  • isuvaish
    "End it with Mango Lassi - your life is good :)"(7 Tips)
    Sri V.
    "Lamb vindaloo is authentic and delightful."(5 Tips)
    Arjun Shivanand K.
    "Make sure to try the cauliflower manchurian and the garlic naan!"(5 Tips)
    Neil K.
    "Malai Kofta and Chicken tikka masala are awesome."(10 Tips)
96 Tips and reviews
  • Indian food
  • spicy food
  • masala
  • naan
  • vegetarian food
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  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsOctober 14, 2015
    If you meet the MasalaWala himself it would behoove you to be nice to him. He's as true and authentic as his restaurant's food. Highlights were the lamb ribs, chili cheese naan, and milk chai. 10/10
  • Cindy M.
    Cindy MaDecember 9, 2016
    good ass dal tadka, but got indian hot which was toooo spicy!!! owner hooked it up with a milder replacement for free! great tasting food with top of the notch service
  • Kosha S.
    Kosha ShahOctober 15, 2014
    Had an amazing meal! Food was delicious! The staff was so nice too! The owner checked up on us several times to make sure we were doing good with all of our courses! Try the dahi puri and gobi app!!
  • Mario L.
    Mario LinDecember 7, 2016
    Dal tadka was amazing!! Service here is top notch, they replaced our meal free of charge cuz we couldn't handle the spice 😆😆
  • Tamara J.
    Tamara JadeMarch 29, 2016
    Tried the palak paneer along with a chicken chettinad, both incredible ,and this is coming from 2 ppl who eat Indian atleast twice a week. We will be back to try the rest of the menu!Hopefully tmwr ;)
  • Tommy C.
    Tommy ChenAugust 2, 2015
    Food is good & portions are big. Owner & staff is warm & welcoming. I came with a Gilt City deal and thought the offering was really generous. Not sure I would feel the same if I had paid full price.
  • Afro l.
    Afro lynneOctober 3, 2013
    Amazing food, ESP the Manchurian cauliflower, mango lassi, shrimp dish, fish curry and many more. Friendly and attentive staff. Will definitely return!
  • isuvaish
    isuvaishSeptember 23, 2015
    The whole experience was really satisfying. The place is small but packed most of the evenings. The service was excellent (owner was super courteous) and the food was absolutely delicious.Coming back!
  • Davneet K.
    Davneet KohliDecember 10, 2015
    Samosa chaat is my fav! I've only tried their veg options and they're all delicious. Onion naan is the best. Can't wait to go back and try the non veg
  • Lynne
    LynneMay 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorites are the shahi korma and paneer saagwala. Garlic naan is always a nice addition too. But really, you can't go wrong with anything here.
  • lia b.
    lia bulaongMarch 30, 2012
    new instant neighborhood fave! the food is delicious, best indian i've ever had in manhattan. so glad to finally have a fantastic indian restaurant on the les.
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezJuly 2, 2016
    The Lamb biryani stole the show. Amazing blend of spices and flavor. There is no brunch nonsense here, so come anytime to enjoy some good Indian food.
  • Cherry C.
    Cherry ChenApril 29, 2012
    Best India food so far in Manhattan! Definitely ask the waiters for recommendations if you can't decide what to get. Chicken 65 is the one dish you can't miss!
  • Eliberty L.
    Eliberty LopezMarch 7, 2015
    The BEST Indian food I have ever had! I'm especially a fan of the black lentils, chana masala, and mango lassi. Plus the service is great!
  • Johanna
    JohannaSeptember 9, 2014
    The vindaloo is so good! But very spicy -- be sure to order some mango chutney and raita with it (it'll be more delicious overall too).
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenJanuary 19, 2015
    The food is great. Very affordable lunch specials, include choice of course with rice and side soup/salad. Service was a little slow. Not exactly a place for a quick lunch
  • isuvaish
    isuvaishSeptember 23, 2015
    About the food: Gobi Manchurian , Paneer Tikka Masala with Garlic / Peshawari Naan and Pani Puri. End it with Mango Lassi - your life is good :)
  • Edmund B.
    Edmund BoeyFebruary 7
    The staff is very friendly, and the food is great! Be warned that if you want your curries they can come pretty hot, totally worth it!
  • Vivienne G.
    Vivienne GucwaSeptember 4, 2014
    Excellent food with a nice balance of spices. Bonus: THE Masala Wala himself is sometimes there and love to interact with patrons.
  • Afro l.
    Afro lynneNovember 30, 2014
    💗mango lassi is a must, manchurian cauliflower, samosa, pretty much everything is delish
  • Henry Y.
    Henry YuanOctober 10, 2015
    It's places like this that reminds me why I wouldn't want to move out of NYC. The cheese chili naan (it's vegetarian) is so simple, I don't know how it's not more available. A must-try!
  • Carolyn
    CarolynSeptember 8, 2012
    Crazy good food and supremely friendly service. The dal is perfect and the chicken tikka roll is way above standard. Fabulous
  • Xanthe T.
    Xanthe TravlosOctober 18, 2015
    The owner, the Masala wala, is such a wonderful fella. So friendly. And the food was delicious. Try the samosa chaat.
  • Tyger M.
    Tyger MadendaNovember 8, 2011
    The owner and staff are extremely polite and friendly. He gave myself and another waiting customer samples of the Mango Lassi, which were delicious!
  • Neil K.
    Neil KumarSeptember 5, 2014
    Malai Kofta and Chicken tikka masala are awesome. One of the best I've had.
  • Lynne
    LynneSeptember 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    My absolute favorite Indian in NYC. Best part about this place is the owner: kind, warm, welcoming. Personal fav is the paneer saagwala
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 13, 2014
    A tribute to South Asian street food--with really good chai.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle C.December 11, 2011
    Tasting table recommends: Indian Milk Chai with potato and pea samosa, Masala Chai with pan-fried kofta and Kashmir Pink Chai
  • Paola M.
    Paola MontelongoNovember 25, 2015
    The spicy salmon masala was amazing! The owner stayed open an extra hour for us to eat! Very hospitable. Great service!
  • Maxime B.
    Maxime BuryMarch 16, 2015
    Lamb rolls are awesome. All the curries I've tried were fantastic. The owner is the friendliest guy!
  • LaineyLou
    LaineyLouDecember 8, 2012
    Fantastic Indian food. Try the Gobi Manchurian appetizer - never thought cauliflower could taste so good!
  • Bram H.
    I love the samosa chaat! And get the masala chai.
  • Sonjoe M.
    Sonjoe MitlíkDecember 13, 2015
    Great cuisine, service, best Naan i have ever eaten. Go ahead
  • Millie S.
    Millie SDecember 22, 2015
    Manchurian Cauliflower, Aloo Chaat, Indian Milk Tea and anything Lamb. Skip the Biryanis though, they pale in comparison to everything else.
  • Chris B.
    I'm an English guy who eats a lot of Indian food. This is the best I've ever eaten. Absolutely amazing.
  • James M.
    James MarshallOctober 16, 2015
    Very solid straightforward Indian food. Love the spicy naan. Curries, vindaloos, all excellent.
  • Mona
    MonaApril 12, 2012
    Manchurian chicken is the best Indo-Chinese dish I've had outside of Kolkata/India. Spicy and delicious
  • Joseph T.
    Joseph TerranellaAugust 2, 2015
    The poori and the malai kofta are amazing. Good eat that malai kofta sauce everyday.
  • Johnny W.
    Johnny WonMay 11, 2015
    Fantastically spicy and wonderful service from the Masalwala himself. Vegetarian friendly but I'll say it again, next-level spicy.
  • Jose C.
    Jose CaballeroMarch 20, 2015
    The navratan (vegetarian) korma is not on the menu, but it can be ordered and it's good.
  • Vadim D.
    Vadim DrobininJune 4, 2015
    Aloo gobi and garlic naan are really good, though that's a pity they don't cook a cheese garlic one.
  • Taby K.
    Taby KislanovDecember 22, 2014
    The Mango Lassi is a must! Also loved the Paneer Tikka Masala ❤️
  • Yelena S.
    Yelena ShurMay 1, 2014
    Nicest employees and owner ever! Got free desert because the owner was so flattered that we cleared our plates.
  • Enrica C.
    Enrica CaliriAugust 16, 2014
    Awesome place and food!! Let the waiter give you advices: he knows what he's talking about😍
  • Sandeep P.
    Sandeep PinnapureddyMarch 21, 2016
    Great for lunch, dahi puri was on point. Extremely reasonable prices.
  • Karlie X.
    Karlie XinAugust 11, 2014
    Great service! Food was delicious and try the homemade ice cream!
  • Alberto S.
    Alberto SimonAugust 24, 2014
    The Gobi manchurian is fantastic!
  • Josh
    JoshJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The most attentive and friendly service in the neighborhood. Not to mention killer food.
  • Kyri S.
    Kyri SarantakosApril 11, 2012
    This place is amazing, ask for the Bengali dishes, esp the manchurian chicken!
  • Tulsi P.
    Tulsi ParidaApril 26, 2015
    Great service from the Masalawala himself. Great chaat selection!
  • Arjun Shivanand K.
    Arjun Shivanand KannanSeptember 23, 2015
    Make sure to try the cauliflower manchurian and the garlic naan!
  • Christine H.
    Christine HartMay 16, 2013
    The dev puri is amazing. Crunchy sour, sweet and spice all in one!
  • Sri V.
    Sri VemuriJuly 10, 2013
    Lamb vindaloo is authentic and delightful. Trust me, I'm Indian.
  • Akshay K.
    Akshay KohliDecember 29, 2016
    The Chicken Tikka Roll was delicious! Owner is really nice too!
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaJune 18, 2015
    Be careful when asking for your food extra spicy-- my ears are still ringing!
  • Mackenzie C.
    Mackenzie ClarkFebruary 15, 2015
    Good lunch special, chicken tikka masala was good but sweeter than most
  • Jack R.
    Jack ReevesDecember 10, 2015
    Their lamb korma is awesome, very rich and flavorful.
  • Ahmad A.
    Ahmad AlmararFebruary 17, 2013
    High quality indian food. Amazing service and very freindly
  • Julia D.
    Julia DrattellAugust 8, 2014
    Cauliflower app was amazing! My favorite ever.
  • Roberto S.
    Roberto StoccoAugust 19, 2014
    You gotta try the Kolkata Gobi Manchurian: that's the stuff!
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanJune 1, 2015
    Come here for lunch specials. The lamb vindaloo is not for people who don't like spice.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinSeptember 6, 2014
    Best Indian downtown. Better than anything on E 6th
  • Don N.
    Don NguyenOctober 5, 2013
    Get the chicken shai korma!!! It's soooo good.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanMay 27, 2015
    You can get the canteen lunch special with soup or salad for under $10.
  • Usman A.
    Usman AliFebruary 16, 2014
    Dahi chat and Mango lessi FTW!
  • Maru M.
    Maru MitlikJanuary 25, 2016
    Yummy indian food, garlic naan is a MUST! :)
  • Marshall P.
    Marshall PeschellJune 5, 2014
    This place is legit. Lamb Vindaloo is amazing
  • Vanita K.
    Vanita KMay 5, 2014
    Yummmmm! One of the best Indian places in manhattan!
  • Maaike B.
    Maaike BrinkhofJune 8, 2015
    Got a hug from the owner! Really friendly service, good Indian food
  • Hansel
    HanselNovember 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Cauliflower appetizer is a must
  • Catarina S.
    There are some vegan options!!! Worth a try:)
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaFebruary 26, 2012
    Dining after 8pm? Call for the wait or make a reservation earlier !
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJanuary 18, 2012
    It's our favorite South-Asian restaurant on the LES. Try the Tandoori Tikka Salad!
  • Rory S.
    Rory ScottAugust 23, 2012
    The Rose Lassi is amazing!
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaDecember 27, 2012
    The lunch boxes are good value
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaximFebruary 3, 2015
    Better and cheaper than brick lane. Small place.
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BallewMay 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The lentil soup is amazing!
  • Joey T.
    Joey TMarch 20, 2016
    Best Indian food spot in the LES!
  • Veronica Y.
    Veronica YurovskyApril 8, 2015
    Vegetable jalfrezi lunch special.
  • Sandy
    SandyJune 16, 2014
    Not really worth it - flavors are super muted and on the pricey side. Ambiance is nice though.
  • Carlo M.
    Carlo MirasolNovember 10, 2011
    Excellent chicken-egg kati roll
  • Rosie N.
    Rosie NewmanFebruary 8, 2014
    Mango Lassie is very good
  • Nat W.
    Nat WelchSeptember 13, 2015
  • Arjun Shivanand K.
    Arjun Shivanand KannanSeptember 23, 2015
    Unbelievably courteous staff and owner
  • Jenny Y.
    Jenny YoungAugust 9, 2016
    Lamb biryani
  • Arun N.
    Arun NandiJune 5, 2014
    Chana Bhatura is the bomb!
  • Vasanth R.
    Vasanth RajendranAugust 30, 2014
    Bhel puri, garlic naan
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuFebruary 29, 2012
    Sev puri. Do it.
  • bruzed
    bruzedNovember 3, 2015
    Chaat's pretty decent.
  • Christine S.
    Christine SchozerOctober 11, 2014
    Great pumpkin dish!
  • Umair Z.
    Umair ZiaJuly 8, 2014
    Get the Samosas
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RobbinsFebruary 22, 2015
    Best indian food
  • Deb K.
    Deb KumarMarch 18, 2015
    Food is good, but lacks atmosphere.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 26, 2015
    $6-12 for street eats!
  • Christiane D.
    Christiane De CarvalhoFebruary 24, 2013
    Great spot !!!!
  • 🍚
    🍚October 5
    Overrated. Love India but not this place.
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