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Bombay Masala

Oldest Indian Restaurant
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    RatingAvg. Dinner Entrée
    $$$$$Greater than $25
    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
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  • Indian
  • 148 W 49th St, New York NY10019 40.7601445 -73.9830091
  • (Btwn 6th & 7th Ave)
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  • (212) 302-8150
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Other Restaurant Info

(212) 302-8150
Place Order:
Order From Bombay Masala for delivery & takeout
Delivery Take Out Visa, MC
Mon-Fri: 11:30am-10:30pm Sat: 12pm-11pm Sun: 4pm-10:30pm
Lunch, Dinner
Delivery, Online Ordering, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out

User Reviews

  • Bombay Masala

    Posted by Amused by it all on 05/18/2011

    "No, you can't do that"

    The first thing we noticed about this restaurant was its warm and inviting atmosphere, and since there was not a single patron in the place, we just figured we had hit it at just the right time. We asked for a table. "Certainly, right this way," replied the young host. When we said that we were just going to get something light, like an appetizer, the young man said flatly, "No, you can't do that." Huh? There's nobody in this joint, and this guy's going to restrict what we can order? Okay, whatever. So, I asked then if we could order something to go. "Certainly," again replied the host attentively. "Okay, we'd like to order this dish," I said, pointing to our selection, "and may we have some naan on the side, please." With perfect comedic timing, the young host said again, "no, you can't do that." Ha! By then I was beginning to figure out why the place was empty: Nobody could pass the requirements to eat there. It was downright hilarious, but we were hungry, so we left. The food might be great, but we'd never know.

  • Bombay Masala

    Posted by mshah on 04/08/2011

    Don't judge a book by its cover

    My family and I walked into this restaurant and it was completely disolate. It was so quiet I felt the only other couple there could hear my every breathe. The decor was outdated and was in need of some renovations (but what can you expect fromt the oldest indian restaurant in the city). Once we sat down we told the waiter to turn on some indian music, which did liven up the place. We ordered the goat curry, tandoori, chicken, fish masala, and naan. I was not expecting much from the experience so far. But once the food came out, it blew us away. Everything was so fresh and full of flavor. The portions were enough for a table of 5. I would def go back there and recommend it to family a friends. My only regret was forgetting to ask the owner how long they have actually been there for. But I guess i will ask him next time, since i will be back!

  • Bombay Masala

    Posted by Lori on 10/18/2010

    2nd time visit one year later-- disaster

    Was there last October and had a wonderful meal with attentive service. Just went again on Friday. The tandoori mix grill was dreadful. Like it had been sitting around for a few days. The lamb curry was dreary with no taste. Tasted old. Service was rude and arrogant.

  • Bombay Masala

    Posted by flyguy on 10/29/2009

    Excellent food!

    I stopped by for a late dinner last night and will be back for sure. Friendly, attentive staff and the food was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Bombay Masala

    Posted by TRAVELER on 09/15/2009


    I eat at this location generally 2 to 3 times a week when staying near Times Square. Must agree with the comments on atmosphere (probably nice in the 70's) and quirky staff. I think I like the place because the food is pretty good, and never have had a problem with the service however I prefer to be left alone unless I look their way; also the place is usually dead so not a wait. As a weekly traveler I have to eat somewhere and prices are OK from that respect, however if I were a local there are plenty of good Indian restaurants that are better for the price, in my opinion.

  • Bombay Masala

    Posted by Bruce on 02/27/2009

    Oldest Indian restaurant needs a face lift

    Food is good, at least the vegetarian food is, service is variable depending on which of the staff cover your table and decor is very tired these days. Prices have moved up since last visit (perhaps to compensate for some loss of trade from Lehmans?) with no noticeable improvement and so this has slipped from my recommended list.

  • Bombay Masala

    Posted by fuschia on 12/26/2008

    quirky and overpriced

    I've walked by here several times over the years and finally stopped in last night for dinner. It's on a second floor walk up near Times Square with great people watching/ window opp's. The decor is sort of quirky (and worn). The spinach paneer and garlic naan were good but the $16 price pretty steep. The pappadam and mint chutney were not great. The service is subpar and very snotty. The waiter actually stood there and watched me and waited as I was putting the money in the holder, rude! They need to lower their prices, add more flavor, clean the carpet and hire courteous staff.

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