By: Lisa Crawford



Nyonya, which Malaysian for “the ladies”, boasts that their restaurant, located in Little Italy, carries the most authentic Malaysian cuisine that you’ll find in all of New York City. And their returning patrons couldn’t agree more! With various features in magazines like Time Out New York and on Yelp, it’s clear why so many are coming back for more. While there, make sure to try the Roti Telur, the Nyonya Satay and the Curry Mee with Young Tau Foo, one of their signature dishes and very spicy. With a plethora of food options and large portions you will definitely want try Nyonya.

199 Grand St (between Mulberry St & Mott St) New York, NY
Neighborhood: Little Italy
(212) 334-3669

Cafe Asean

The West Village’s Café Asean’s adorable decor will be enticing to you from the moment you see it. Known for its “exotically spiced dishes from all over South East Asia”, Café Asean has so much to offer any type of diner. Not only will you find the Mee Goreng to be delicious, you’ll also see that the menu is quite affordable. Make sure you don’t miss what New York Magazine is calling “authentic” and a “treat”.

117 W 10th St (between 17th St & 18th St) New York, NY
Neighborhood: West Village
(212) 633-0348

New Malaysia

Another one of Chinatown’s amazing restaurants is the hidden gem New Malaysia. It has all of the traditional Malaysian meal options to make you smile. Many of the regulars say the New Malaysia not only has tasty food but it is consistently done well. New Malaysia also offers complementary tea. Time-honored, appetizing Malaysian food and free tea? You can’t ask for much more.

48 Bowery (between Canal St & Bayard St) New York, NY
Neighborhood: Chinatown
(212) 964-0284

Malaysia Grill

Located in Manhattan Valley, Malaysia Grill is your one-stop shop for delicious neighborhood Malaysian food. Not only is there a dining option, but you can also opt for delivery…and it’s free. Some of the “must try” items are the Coconut Rice, the Roti Canai, and the unique Mango Chicken which is served in a hollowed out mango shell! And if you’re looking for a great place to have a quick lunch, Malaysia Grill and it’s great lunch special prices and fast service will not disappoint.

224 W 104th St New York, NY 
Neighborhood: Manhattan Valley
(212) 579-1333

Malay Restaurant

In downtown Flushing, you will find one of Queens’ best family-style Malaysian restaurants. Although it might not be much to look at, it does make up for its lack of beauty with magnificent, enticing, and bona fide Malaysian entrées. A staple to the area, Malay Restaurant has continued to give its customers pleasant treats such as Buddhist Yam Pot, a light and crispy textured yam dish with a soft inside topped with stir-fry that contains carrots cashews mushrooms onions and vegetarian meat. Yum!

13517 40th Rd Flushing, NY
Neighborhoods: Downtown Flushing, Flushing
(718) 353-2901

Gold River

Ask anyone in Chinatown what his or her favorite Malaysian restaurant is and more often than not you will hear: Gold River. It may not look like a lot from the outside, but once you get inside, you will recognize the amazing aroma of traditional Malaysian dishes like homemade Roti Canai, Roti Telur and Satay Chicken. Not only can you dine in, but there are delivery options as well. So, if you’re looking for traditional Malaysian cuisine at an affordable price, Gold River is definitely for you.

21 Division St (between Catherine St & Market St) New York, NY 
Neighborhood: Chinatown
(212) 226-8998

Sentosa Malaysian Cuisine

Also sitting pretty in downtown Flushing, is Sentosa Malaysian Cuisine, a traditional Malaysian restaurant with a fine-looking atmosphere that will definitely get you in the door. Not only does Sentosa have the tried and true dishes you know from most Malaysian restaurants, it’s also known for other scrumptious entrees such as wok stir-fried noodle “Kapitan” and chicken noodle soup “Kai Si Hor Fun”. And with raving reviews from both New York Magazine and The Village Voice, it’s obvious that Sentosa Malaysian Cuisine is one restaurant not to be missed!

3907 Prince St Flushing, NY 
Neighborhoods: Downtown Flushing, Flushing
(718) 886-6331

Penang Malaysian & Thai Cuisine

In Elmhurst, Queens there aren’t a lot of late-night choices. However Penang Malaysian & Thai Cuisine is a great one if you’re looking for some delightful Malaysian and Thai food. And with reasonable prices to boot there is no reason for you not to try this place. Of course, there are the staple Malaysian foods like Roti Canai, but you will also find enjoyable Thai options, like their delectable Pad Thai. They’re also known for their unique Mango Sticky Rice with the perfect amount sweetness and texture. Also not to be missed are the Fried Flounder, the Yellow Curry with Beef and the Pineapple Chicken.

8284 Broadway Elmhurst, NY 
Neighborhood: Elmhurst
(718) 672-7380

Fatty Crab

If the name doesn’t get your attention, then maybe the funky look of the Fatty Crab in the West Village will make you want to stop in. Described as having “melt in your mouth” food, the Fatty Crab is a favorite among New Yorkers. Known for its strong and unique flavors, this place has some really cool entrees such as Watermelon Pickle and Crispy Pork, Coconut Rice, and the unique Quail Egg Shooters! The Fatty Crab is definitely one to check out while you are hanging in the West Village.

643 Hudson St (between Gansevoort St & Horatio St) New York, NY 
Neighborhood: West Village
(212) 352-3592

Aux Epices

In Little Italy, you will find the adorable Aux Epices. Named after the French word for “spice”, you will find that not only is this restaurant customary to Southeastern Asian cuisine, but also has a creative flair. Guests have raved about their Laksa and Rendang, and even said that some of the spices were more aromatic and pronounced than dishes they had eaten in their native land. If you’re looking for a Malaysian restaurant with a French and European twist, then Aux Epices should be your number one choice!

121 Baxter St (between Canal St & Hester St)  New York, NY 
Neighborhoods: Little Italy, Chinatown
(212) 274-8585