Hold down Control (PC) or Command (Mac) key + mouseclick to select more than one option
Reviews + Photos from nymag.com
Posted by Anonymous on 12/28/2006
I was surprised to see some bad reviews however i am so in love with this place and it is so small that i suppose i don't want everybody to like it! I love the smell, the look and taste of each dish. The stuffed tofu appertizer is tasty as is the beef and pumpkin clay pot. I am never in a hurry when i eat here. The front room is very cosy on a cold winters night. The prices i think are extremely reasonable.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/18/2006
The atmosphere is warm and cozy and the food is great. The bo luk beef is cook perfectly and all the fish dishes are very flavorful. The only drawback is the extremely (and I mean exetremely) slow service. It took us so long to have our order taken that we were about to leave. My boyfriend and I each ordered a drink and during dinner, he ordered a second, but it never came. When the check arrived, there were 3 drinks on bill. I pointed this out to the waiter and he told me that "yes - that's the number 3 written in asian". That wasn't my point. In fact, I AM asian and can read the number perfectly well in "asian". It said 3 indeed. Too bad we actually only ever received 2 drinks. We gave them one more try at a later date, but the service was just as slow. I'd only recommend their delivery service.
Posted by Brooke V on 12/03/2006
I went to Cafe Asean a few months ago and the waiter was so poor that I thought I was being punked....seriously...couldn't even react he was so rude. I went on Friday night with four girlfriends and clearly that guy was fired. The menu could shine with even decent service. Such a great find for amazing malaysian,vietnamese, thai orders that maintain their ethnic exotic authenticity and at very fair prices. We split three apps - the tofu barat was peanuty and perfect and each got a main....loved them all and a few cocktails each and the bill came to 40 per person. If you like authentic asian in an ecletic, cozy space, this is a great place...especially now that they fired that waitor!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/25/2006
I really love this place. I was charmed at first with the atmosphere, the awesome rustic outdoor seating, and once I tried the food I was completely won over. The Mee Rojak, the whole seabass and the tofu bakar are all excellent. Prices are great, totally reasonable. Service is very nice, can be slow at times when the house is packed though. Overall, one of my all-time favorites!
Posted by Rex on 09/08/2006
The food was great, the service good, the water appeared on the table instantly after we sat down, the atmosphere was nice, our order was taken promptly . Then we asked for the check, and it took 25 minutes and two more requests to get it! Unbelievable - it is easiest thing to get right. When you want to leave a restaurant, you want to LEAVE. The Mee Goreng and the Kari Kapitan were fantastic. The waiter told us the dumplings were fried, and they came out steamed. As with most SEA restaurants, and when you are actually in SEA, they have no idea that beer needs to be COLD. Overall good, but they got some very simple things very wrong.
Posted by Bill on 06/26/2006
The service is was good it just took a while for our food to be prepared. The atmosphere is good considering the chairs are basically folding chairs and the tables are flimsy and made out of tin. In spite of all this the food was great and I had a wonderful experience there. If you’re looking for something a little more eclectic check this place out!!
Posted by JMNYC on 01/20/2006
I found Cafe Asean when it first opened almost 10 years ago, and have been going there with varying frequency ever since. Although the prices have gone up since then, the food has been excellent every time I've been there, and I practically grew up on Southeast Asian cuisine so I'm not easy to impress. The salmon spring rolls and coconut curry chicken are my favorites... definitely a keeper!