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Posted by Caribbean Meets Malaysian on 01/06/2006
Three years ago, a friend of mine whom is Chinese took me to try out some Malaysian food for the first time. Coming from a Caribbean household, I embrace saucy & spicy foods. I fell in love with the Roti Cani and the Mango Chicken. I've become such an addict to these dishes that when I've ordered these dishes at other restaurants I became very disappointed unable to enjoy my meals. I've been spoiled! The decor transports me to a little village right in the middle of Little Italy- a couple of blocks from my home. It's a fun place to take your friends to enjoy great food. The service may need a little tweaking.
Posted by Regular Malaysian customer on 10/09/2005
Being from Malaysia, I am able to say that the food here is one of the most authentic in Manhattan (the other place is New Malaysian). It is like having all the best food in Malaysia under one roof. There is a huge variety of savoury, spicy, exotic fare - but vegetarian is hard to find (even the veges are cooked with sambal belacan -- a local minced shrimp chili paste). The service is so-so -- indifferent wait staff with passable English. The decor is alright - fake wood and basic hand-drawn murals. The ambience is great for a boisterous crowd, and in fact, they have several large tables that seat 10-12. Don't expect to be able to carry a conversation here. Definitely not a good place for a date. I hate going to Nyonya after work because the noise stresses me out. However, it is a great takeout, and is good for lunch. For really spicy authentic fare, I recommend: - Hokkien Prawn Mee. - Laksa. For non-spicy authentic fare, I recommend: - Poh Piah (steamed spring roll). - Hainan Chicken Rice. - Koay Teow Noodle Soup.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/21/2005
I've heard good things about this place, but I was disappointed. The food was mediocre. The service was poor. The waiters were inattentive and there were less than five occupied tables at the time. I brought two non-Asian friends with me and when I asked for forks, he brought one. As a Malaysian, I'll say that the food was only mediocre not to mention that the portion was tiny. The satay was definitely not worth it. They were the tiniest pieces of meat on a stick I've ever seen. And usually you get a decent amount of cucumbers and onions with it, but there were barely any on the plate. You want authentic Malaysian food, come to Flushing. You get a break on the prices and larger portions too! I'll say the only acceptable thing in this place is the decor.
Posted by The Playwright on 07/15/2005
When I first arrived in the city, my roommate took me to Nyonya and I fell in love - now whenever I know someone visiting the city, or whose just moved here, and they say they want some good ethnic food in the city, I have no problem taking the trip all the way down from Spanish Harlem to take them to my favorite Asian dinner in New York City. The Roti Canai is great, make sure you get it because it seems to be their signature dish - when its delivered to your table, the server is usually carrying three or four other orders for different tables. I usually have the Pad Thai (Malaysian pad thai is spicier than regular pad thai) but I've also heard from friends that anything with the duck in it is really good. The best thing I've had there, though is the Pulut Hitam, a dessert made with black glutinous rice and coconut milk. The service is so-so, and the atmosphere is something of an acquired taste (I personally like the excited, crowded, cacophonous atmosphere - one of the reasons I like NYC). The real reason to go here is the price, and the fact that its just a really nice introduction to eating out in New York. It's not threatening for newcomers, and is a good place to develop into a habitual meal.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/04/2005
We visited the restaurant for a late lunch, and the food was fantastic. We have not had authentic Malay food before, so we cannot vouch for its authenticity. However, Java Mee (egg noodles in fish sauce with dried squid) had just the right amount of spice and "hit the spot". Service was ok, and the waitress made a mistake in our order and gave us kangkung belecan in addition to our regular order of roti canai, java mee and sambal shrimp. Atmosphere was so-so, with several employees peeling and preparing vegetables at a table next to us. However, the restaurant offers excellent value, with a large serving of noodles/soup at less than $5.
Posted by Brooklyn boy on 03/19/2005
I'm not Asian, but I know good Asian food when I taste it. My friend and I shared a plate of the soft shell crab in the barbecue sauce that was delicious. And one plate was enough for 2 people. We were stuffed at the end, and the total bill came up to only 20-25 with tax and tip. I highly recommend this place.
Posted by Jersey Boy on 12/10/2004
I stubbled upon Nyona several years back and have been going at least once a month ever since. There are many times I get a craving for Nyona and just drive over. I guess this is my version of comfort food. The food is outstanding but the service can be "iffy". However, one of the hostesses does remember my wife and me and always greets us with a smile. I have ordered on many occasions the Asam Laksa (Spicy and Sour noodles served in Chef's Special Lemon Grass Broth w/Fish Flakes) which has the following line in red "Please ask your server for advice before ordering". Each time I order, the server warns me and says it is very spicy and usually for the Asian pallete (BTW: I am a polack from jersey). When the server places the bowl in front of me, they look at me like "yeah, he is going to eat this". Then ultimately as I am scooping out the bottom of the bowl, they usually come to the table and insist on looking at my eyes to make sure I am not Asian - always gets a laugh. Never had a bad meal.