The Masala Wala

Restaurants, Indian Lower East Side
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The Masala Wala
The Masala Wala
Get Southeast Asian street snacks at this 32-seat café, featuring a clay oven imported from India. The menu includes mughlai paratha (stuffed breads), halim (a slow-cooked dish of lamb and lentils), and saffron-spiced biryani bowls with chicken or lamb.


Venue name: The Masala Wala
Address: 179 Essex St
New York
Cross street: between E Houston and Stanton Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–3am; Fri, Sat 11am–5am
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average main course: $10. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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I'm obsessed with this restaurant! Every person I've brought here has loved it. Though the seating is tight, the menu has a lot of delicious options (and a great weekend lunch special). The Masala Chai is perfect for warming up on a cold day, and splitting a few different curries with friends is a great group dinner option. Because of the small square footage, it's best to go in a pair or small group. You'll want to eat here before hitting up the best bars in the LES.


This place is a gem. From the outside, it may not look like much, but once you go in everything changes. The vibe is cozy and hip - not loud like you would imagine an Indian food place to be, but quiet and artsy. The wine is yummy, the prices are reasonable, and the food? TASTY AF!

The Chicken Tikka Masala is the best I've ever had, and DO NOT miss the Kolkata Gobi Manchurian appetizer - basically General Tso's Cauliflower (whaaat!!).

Good job Masala Wala, you shall keep seeing me around