Best food near the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette ST?
- Claire Jul 12, 1999 11:40 PM
Thinking of Blue Ribbon, Quilty's, or Alison on
Dominick St., but they are a bit far from the theater
(haven't been to any of the above). Le Tableau is
another (untried) possiblity. Any
recommendations/suggesions? We like really good
quality food, can be expensive (or not), and good
I second Le Jardin Bistro, a particular favorite.
I've had excellent tuna tartare, steak frites,
bouillabaisse, and crisp but unbreaded soft-shell
crabs in brown butter with garlic and parsley. The
wine list is is short and perhaps obscure, but tasty
and reasonably priced; the atmosphere and service are
quintessentially French. If the weather suits,
there's a lovely, romantic, grapevine-trellised garden
out back, provided that you don't mind plastic chairs.
Nyonya is good, but only if you make sure to stick to
Malaysian dishes! I had Java Mee there, and it simply
didn't compare to their Malaysian dishes like Asam
Laksa, Kangkung Belacan and so forth. For my money,
Christie Village on Christie just south of Grand and
New Taste Good on 1 Doyers St. are better and better
values than Nyonya. But they get you further and
further afield from the Public Theater.
Was a bit surprised to see you give the nod to both
Chrystie village and New Taste Good over Nyonya in the
battle of the Manhattan Malaysians. Of the three, I
continue to think Nyonya beats the competition overall
especially in noodles and small dishes. I am very,
very fond of NTG overall too, and have had many
delicious meals there but its a tiny place with a
limited repertoire; I would never claim it has the
range of good Malaysian dishes to explore of Nyonya.
The cooking at Chrystie Village is in no way on the
level of Nyonya or even NTG. It is still tasty, but
the dishes I tried had neither the freshness, the
distinctiveness or the wok flavor of the other two.
These restaurants all have many dishes on their
menus. It would be great to hear which ones you like
and dislike particularly at each of these joints.
Please post again!
re: jen kalb
some good dishes at NYONYA are : the stingray, the
hainese chicken and roti, of course, strange veggie
spring rolls, stir fired noodles--but while I like
NYONYA, I know what the the problem is: we have ordered
wrong a few times and been quite disappointed, other
times wowed--so order carefully...
Yes, you do need to order carefully at Nyonya. I
usually avoid the expensive seafood and shrimp dishes,
and stick to ordering more appetizers.
Agree on the Hainan Chicken rice (the best!!),
stingray and roti canai. The other things you should
look for are the Penang Lobak, satay (sauce is
inconsistent), Nyonya rojak (an acquired taste), chow
kway teow, mee siam, pasembur, kangkung or stringbean
with belachan, pompano with belachan (this and
stingray are my exceptions to not ordering seafood),
and the beef rendang. For ice, the chendol is better
than the ABC.
re: jen kalb
I refer you to my response to Gary in the other thread,
but I'd like to say that, when I go to a Malaysian
restaurant, I'm looking for a taste that I used to
enjoy during my stay in Malaysia. Malaysian food is
generally spicy, tasty, and delicious. Nyonya was a big
advance over the pioneering Penang, but I simply find
restaurants like Baba, New Taste Good, Christie
Village, and Melaka on Roosevelt Avenue (in my limited
experience there) to be more consistently authentic,
and their range of dishes is sufficient for me. I would
never say that if you make sure not to eat
non-Malaysian food at Nyonya, you will not eat well;
you will. I just like the others better. And for my
taste, Nyonya's menu is TOO broad, including too many
non-Malaysian dishes to catch the unwary or
I also consider price. New Taste Good and Christie
Village are significantly cheaper than Nyonya. Part of
what you're paying for at Nyonya is the atmosphere and
crowd, and that means nothing to me.
re: jen kalb
Re Jen's request about what dishes I like at Chrystie
I love their chili shrimp!! I also like their dry
curried shrimp, their coconut curried beef (too rich
for my stomach, though!), their kangkung belacan, their
roti canai, and their asam laksa.
Still, since that time they gave me overly slow
service, I haven't been back.