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Sep 2, 2001 09:47 PM

indonesian food

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I just got back from Indonesia and am looking for a place to get REAL indonesian food in New York City, like soto ayam or lodeh, not some kind of western food with peanut sauce. Also, any info on stores that sell good indonesian snacks or imported clove cigarettes would be appreciated.

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  1. If I were you, I'd eat everything BUT Indonesian food for awhile. You're just setting yourself up for disappointment. I damned sure don't come back from Italy and right away go to Italian restaurants!

    As for Indonesian snacks, try the Thai-Indonesian store on Bayard St. between Mott and Mulberry.

    Indonesian food has been covered on the New York area boards; do a search. From what I recall, some people like the place across from the U.N., but Jim Leff has yet to find anything in Manhattan that really satisfies him.

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    1. re: Pan

      not quite across from the mean the UN indonesian mission at 325 e 38. I'm not a fan.

      but I LOVE LOVE LOVE (and raved over in my book) the indonesian consulate cafeteria at 5 E 68 St. in the basement...when they're open...and if you can get them to let you in.

      1. re: Jim Leff

        i used to love this place (which i found out about through your book). unfortunately, it has closed for good. i have it on good authority that the chef now has a restaurant in philadelphia.

        1. re: sage

          I've got a friend who goes to Indonesia on a regular basis, and who is forever taunting me with tantalizing descriptions of Nasi Goreng. If I could find a competent version in the tristate area, I'd be a happy girl.

          The best is where?


          1. re: sage

            Nope, rumor is absolutely false. Chef is still in Queens, and I may have news about her (she's catering) pretty soon. I'll publish it first in Chow Alert (link below), but word will hit the boards, too, I'm quite sure.



      2. There really aren't any decent and cheap places in Manhattan. The Indo. consulate does a good $5 lunch on most week days. Call before you go. There's a hole in the wall under the 7 track - in Queens. Will post the name and address as soon as I can find it. There's another joint in the East Village - recently opened. I have walked by but never gone in. Looks fairly expensive. Will post the name and address shortly.

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        1. re: Theo

          "There's another joint in the East Village"

          Borobudur? That's been covered, too. For the record, having read mediocre comments, I've yet to eat there.

          1. re: Pan

            there's an indonesian lady who will only cook on order. will post when i find the name and number. by the way, don't eat at any of the Penang restaurants.

            1. re: mira

              The original Penang Seafood Restaurant on Prince St. in Flushing is not bad.

              1. re: Pan

                I think that restaurant is more Malaysian than Indonesian.

                1. re: christina z

                  Of course it's Malaysian. That wasn't the point. Mira said not to go to any of them. In other words, she digressed. :-)

        2. m
          Myra Alperson

          This is a belated reply to the query on Indonesian food. There is an Indonesian restaurant called Bali Musa Indah on 651 Ninth Ave. north of 45th St. which is not at all bad. I've only been a couple of times on my own, so I haven't had a chance to sample a lot of dishes. A couple of years ago, Empire of India restaurant on Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside had several Indonesian dishes on its menu, and I got por ayam, which was delicious. I know that there's an Indonesian church on Skillman Ave. in Sunnyside, so there's clearly a community there.

          Good luck!


          1. You want to head straight to Queens on the 7 train and get out at 52nd Street. Right downstairs you will find a hole in the wall ( really ) call Warteg Fortuna,. This place serves food so authentic that if my grandmother were Indonesian thats how she would make it. $3.75 will get you a plate of rice and fish and other stewed meats along side some veggies in a peanutty, cocontty sauce. Plus you get this very yummy veggie fritter with the deal.

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