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Satay Junction - West Village

Has anyone been to Satay Junction? I am on a quest to find some good Indonesian food on the east coast. I would try it myself, tonight, but I currently live in western Mass.! A website called dutchinamerica.com says they have a rijsttafel but I don't see it on their menu. However, the pictures of the food look great!

It's one of those websites w/music!

http://www.satayjunction.com/index.php

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Satay Junction
28 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

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  1. We tried Satay Junction once when it first opened and ordered about half of the small menu. The satays were fine, but didn't have any char from the grill. The mee goreng and nasi goreng were bland and included very little of the ingredients that were supposed to be in the dish, other than rice and noodle. Prices seemed to us to be quite high for the quality and very tiny portion size. As far as I know, they don't have rijsttafel and have never had rijsttafel.

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    Satay Junction
    28 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: michelleats

      That's too bad. Maybe I need to stop searching and resign myself to the fact that if I want a good rijsttafel I will have to travel a long way, by plane!

      1. re: JunieB

        FWIW, I've eaten there twice and I think it's pretty edible. The owners were friendly and I definitely didn't consider the portions to be small (I'm a 200 pound guy). Good indonesian food in manhattan is tough to find for some reason. I've definitely been to better places, but they were in jakarta and amsterdam so I'm not going back to them any time soon. If you're in the city and have a hankering for indonesian food, I think you'll find it satisfying but not mind-blowing. I wouldn't make a trip from Massachusetts just for it though.

        1. re: NotSoGoodEats

          Thanks NotSoGoodEats......alas, sounds like you're right. If you've had the food in Jakarta and Amsterdam then you know what I'm looking for. The best I ever had in the U.S. was in San Rafael. Maybe I can talk that guy out of retirement, he was way too young to retire anyway!! And man was his food good! Just the right atmosphere and incredible dishes.

        2. re: JunieB

          Well, perhaps not that long of a flight. I've heard very good things about Indomania in Miami Beach.

          If you are in NYC at some point, I believe Cafe Asean has a few Indonesian dishes on the menu, though the chef is Cambodian. There is also Bali Nusa Indah and Kuta, which I haven't tried. Maybe NotSoGoodEats or others can speak to these places.

          Re: portion sizes at Satay Junction, I think I did hear that the restaurant increased the sizes some time ago, after enough customers complained. I weigh less than 100 lbs and have a healthy, but not excessive, appetite. And I also VERY seldom complain about small portion sizes. (If you look at my previous posts, I'm usually on the defending side of these types of arguments, in fact.) I left hungry despite having ordered a good number of dishes.

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          ETA:

          Look what Menupages turned up: http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

          The second one has a promising name!

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

          1. re: michelleats

            dutchinamerica.com mentions this article in the NYT
            http://www.miaminewtimes.com/location...

            I just have a problem with Florida!

            1. re: JunieB

              Thanks -- good article!

              (I have my issues with FL/Miami, too. Ah the lengths one must sometimes go to for good food.... ;)

              I'll keep looking for good Indonesian and let you know if I find anything. i have a feeling it might masquerade as Malaysian in NYC.

              1. re: michelleats

                I've never eaten there but have heard Bali Nusah Indah in Hell's Kitchen isn't bad. I think Sanur in Chinatown (a basement shop on Doyers St. that bills itself as Malaysian and Indonesian) might be worth checking out. I have only ordered the Malaysian food (and wasn't overwhelmingly impressed), but I remember thinking the menu seemed to have a heavier Indonesian tilt.

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                Sanur
                18 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

                1. re: robertgoulet

                  Thanks for all the feedback and recommendations! I wrote to a friend of mine who is a friend of food critic, Rob Sietsema, and he pointed me to this article in the Village Voice. Looks like Minangasli has his vote.

                  http://www.villagevoice.com/2006-01-1...

                  1. re: JunieB

                    Three for my list, robertgoulet and junieB. Thanks. I think I've mostly had Balinese Indonesian in the past (it's the only island I've visited) and Minangasli I guess is Sumatran. It'd be fun to compare Bali Nusa Indah and Minangasli sometime. Perhaps the makings of an Indonesian Chowdown next time you're in town, JunieB.

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                    Bali Nusa Indah
                    651 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                    1. re: michelleats

                      Had dinner at Bali Nusa Indah last night. The good news is that they do have rijsttafel, which we tried, along with a separate serving of kari ayam; the bad news is that it isn't very good. I'll try to do a full writeup at some point, but the takeaway is that everything is overly sweet, gloppy, and indelicately made, with weirdly muted / dumbed down flavors. This was the Indonesian equivalent of a bad Chinese American restaurant like Panda Express. Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer. I will keep looking for good Indonesian and try to check out Minangasli, soon! (There are other restaurants in Queens listed in this thread that sound promising: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/378196

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                      On the plus side, the servers were nice and the restaurant and bathroom were clean.

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                      Bali Nusa Indah
                      651 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                      1. re: michelleats

                        That's too bad. Will be visiting friends in Brooklyn in a few weeks and we are going to try Minangasli. Let us know if you get there first!