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Feb 16, 2013 07:21 PM

Malaysian at Bryant Park, Feb. 20-21

These events can be hit-or-miss, but in case anyone's curious there'll be Malaysian chow at Bryant Park on Wednesday and Thursday ...

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  1. I just looked at the list of participating restaurants. The only one I'm completely unfamiliar with is Bentara, which is in New Haven. Given the names on the list, I may skip it. I've never been to Fatty Crab, though, so that might be enough of a reason to go up there after work and see what food is left.

    Are you planning on going?

    1. I went. It was very crowded, and there were lines of 15-20 people at all the booths save one, Bentara. So I got some noodles with seafood from them. It was ok, nothing special. Then I waited for about 15 minutes for a chili crab slider from Auria's, only to have them run out of food just as I got to the counter.

      I went to a similar event that was held on a traffic island at 9th & 14th a while back; I think it's the same organization. If you're in the neighborhood anyway, it's a good place to grab a cheap lunch. But not worth going out of your way for.

      @Pan - There are only one or two dishes served at each vendor, and it's mostly steam table-type stuff, or soup. I think Fatty Crab had some sort of chicken curry.

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      1. re: small h

        I didn't realize it already happened. I'm behind the times. :-)

        1. re: Pan

          I doubt you would have thought this was a good use of your time & stomach space. It was a promotional event, an introduction to the cuisine for people unfamiliar with it (and at least one person who stupidly decided to eat a big lunch before going to the Barneys Warehouse Sale to shop for pants). If you routinely check Eater or Grub Street or Thrillist, you'll see the ads for the next incarnation.