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Best Malaysian food in NYC?

saeber_tooth Jan 10, 2007 06:02 AM

this chicagoan (only 1 malaysian eatery here) only has 2 days to satisfy her deep cravings for authentic malaysian delights. midtown preferable...

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    Pan Jan 10, 2007 08:11 AM

    Too bad about Midtown; forget that. The best Malaysian food I know of in New York is Skyway, on Allen St. between Canal and Division. Take the F train from any of a number of stops on 6th Av., depending on your starting point (47th/50th, 42nd, 34th) to East Broadway and walk along Canal away from the park and toward the Manhattan Bridge entrance. When you get to Allen St., cross, then turn left and walk a few feet.

    Many people praise the "new Malaysian" food at Fatty Crab in the Meat Packing District (and some hounds have loudly criticized it), but I haven't been there yet.

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      josh L Apr 4, 2007 11:32 AM

      some hounds have also not been blown away by skyway. fatty crab is my pick for the best food and Nyonya on Grand isnt bad either for a more traditional experience.

    2. grocerytrekker Jan 10, 2007 08:23 AM

      Just in case you see it and get excited - do not bother trying Penang on Columbus & 71st. I really shouldn't have expected much, but still a big disappointment. It may be edible, but it ain't no Malaysian.

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        dayzzd Jan 18, 2007 04:01 PM

        Chinatown: Sanur on Doyer St is very authentic. If you want somewhere cleaner with better decor, Nyonya on Grand St is a perennial favorite. Singapore Cafe, Jaya and Taste Good aren't bad either.

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          ohny Jan 19, 2007 05:43 PM

          can't comment on authenticity, but Sanur is very tasty. It certainly is a whole in the wall though.

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            Pan Jan 23, 2007 10:11 PM

            I've found the food at Sanur very underwhelming.

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          Pezdro Jan 22, 2007 12:16 AM

          I used to eat at Banana Leaf in Bay Ridge until they closed it down, does anyone know anything in the approximate area that is anywhere near as good?

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            MikeG Jan 22, 2007 01:37 AM

            "It may be edible, but it ain't no Malaysian."

            Ain't that the truth. It was one of the first of the relatively new restaurants around with overpriced, average-at-best food that have been cropping up around here for the past 10 years. It's pretty much comparatively expensive neighborhood Chinese with what I'll charitably call a Pacific Rim twist, served amid slightly nicer than run-of-the-mill decor.

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              Scott V Jan 24, 2007 06:48 AM

              Penang makes a good roti canai. The rest of the food is hardly edible. All of the entrees come smothered in sauces that taste like they come out of a can.

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              fsval Jan 23, 2007 07:33 AM

              Taste Good in Queens is my favorite sport. I love Nyonyas, too.

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                GurglingStomach Feb 2, 2007 10:29 PM

                Have you ever tried Sentosa in Flushing? It used to be one of the greatest places in Chinatown, and then they moved to Flushing. It's some of the best I've ever had.


                1. mh1188 Apr 4, 2007 08:11 AM

                  You've probably already went on your trip, but next time try Nyonya. I supplied a
                  link that provides information about the restaurant. My parents and I are Malaysian, and every time we go to New York, we head to Nyonya to feast. We always get roti canai, asam laksa, nasi lemak, and ABC for drink/dessert. Their noodles are also good. Cash only though, so bring a wad :P


                  1. LFeinberg Apr 4, 2007 11:26 AM

                    Tai Thai in the Lower Eastside...fantastic

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                      kayonyc Apr 4, 2007 11:28 AM

                      Not malaysian, but serviceable enough...

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                      sbrener Apr 18, 2007 11:00 AM

                      I have to say that I have never been disappointed by Nonya. The food is very tasty, and the decor attractive, if that matters.

                      It was also endorsed by a Malaysian-Chinese friend of mine who is also a food luva!


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