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Feb 2, 2009 09:48 AM

Where do you go for Malaysian cuisine?

I'm looking for a good Malaysian place, any neighborhood and price range. Thanks!

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  1. Jaya
    90 Baxter
    Fatty Crab
    643 Hudson St, New York 10014
    (Btwn Horatio & Gansevoort St)
    ( I think there's one on the UWS as well)
    Cafe Asean
    117 W 10th St

    90 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

    Cafe Asean
    117 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011

    Fatty Crab
    643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

    Fatty Crab
    2170 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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    1. re: italianagambino

      Surprising that in this thread, which even extends out to places in Brooklyn, that nobody has mentioned Taste Good out in Elmhurst, Queens. It's only a block away from the Elmhurst Ave station on the G, R and V lines and their Malaysian cuisine is spot on.

    2. For downscale, Skyway and New Malaysia are popular on this board. I prefer Skyway's atmosphere and seafood dishes.

      11 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

      1. I discovered that the owner of one of the local cheap Chinese places, Plump Dumpling (originally opened as a tastier knock off of Dumpling Man) is Malaysian. Although the other places mentioned are better and more exclusively Malaysian, the owner of Plump Dumpling is happy to make you anything "Malaysian style", including soup (laksa). It's a bargain and fits the bill if I get a hankering for Malaysian food and don't want to leave the neighborhood (East Village, at 11th st. and 2nd Ave.) I don't recommend everything on his regular Chinese menu, but the place has become a convenient, cheap, occasional guilty pleasure.

        Yummy Dumpling
        174 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: hungrycomposer

          That's really good to know. What other Malaysian dishes have you had there off-menu?

          1. re: D...DF

            It's normally just a stir fry with whatever ingredients I ask for. (The owner says "sure, Malaysian style - what do you want?") I haven't gone in and asked for nasi lemak, for example, but maybe if there's a demand for it.... And be warned: if you get regular noodle soup, you may wind up with a lot of noodles and a little soup. I always ask for chow fun (sometimes I ask twice to make sure).

            1. re: hungrycomposer

              Cool, I'll give it a shot. Thanks for the tip!

          2. re: hungrycomposer

            A whole lot of people who own or work in non-Malaysian Chinese restaurants are actually from Malaysia, especially Ipoh.

          3. Nyonya is the best I've had. Really popular place, but not in a bad way. Great place for just a couple people to a large group. Check out Menupages to see their menu, it's pretty extensive.

            199 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

            1. I second Nyonya. One of my favorite unique dishes is Braised Duck With Lotus Seed. Like the others listed (Skyway, New Malaysia), it's very reasonably priced.