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Published July 27th 2012
Taste why Zagat repeatedly gives their food high marks
Should you happen to be visiting Little Italy in Manhattan and you're in the mood for Malaysian fare, rejoice, because you're actually in the vicinity of a Zagat-rated venue known as, Nyonya.

Nyonya is world-renowned for its Malaysian fare.


But before you head over to Nyonya at 199 Grand Street, make sure you have cash since the restaurant does not accept any credit cards. Take a peek at their online menu via Seamless.com, so you can estimate how much to bring with you on your culinary adventure.

Once you've got your dough, bring a friend and watch the street scenes from your window seats, or opt for a table for two towards the front half of the venue.

Enjoy a view of the neighborhood by the window.


Intimate seating for small parties.


If you plan on dropping by with some friends, it's best to make reservations, especially during lunch and dinner when the venue is bustling with patrons attracted by the sumptuous menu items—undeterred by the no-frills service and cash-only policy.

Round tables accommodate families and big groups.


Get ready for an exciting gastronomic experience. Delight in the intermingling of numerous flavors that comprise traditional Malaysian culture, and influence the array of menu choices at Nyonya. Their dishes showcase a fusion of flavors from the Straits Chinese (born or living in the Straits Settlements in Penang, Malacca and Singapore) and the Malays.

For starters, sample an order of Roti Canai for a glimpse of Indian spices. Break off pieces of the flaky pastry and dip them into the petite bowl of curry chicken.

Roti Canai is a flaky Indian-inspired pancake.


Move on to some noodle dishes, which are prominent in the country's food culture. Try Asam Laksa, which is perfect for those who love hot, sour and spicy foods. It's quite a spicy dish that's accompanied by thick noodles, plus fish and vegetables in a broth of lemongrass.

Asam Laksa is a very spicy and hot noodle soup.


The more adventurous in your group might want to try some rice noodle soup with a fish head (includes bones).

Delightful noodle soup hits the spot.


To counterbalance the spicy dishes, finish off your meal by sharing something sweet, such as their ABC shaved ice. The refreshing concoction includes red beans, palm seeds, grass jelly and red rose syrup, topped off with sweet corn.

ABC shaved ice is chock full of sweet flavor.


The flavor-packed and well-priced foods are well worth a visit—hence, repeated high marks from Zagat (for food), Yelp and others.

Plaques and framed ratings from Zagat, Yelp, etc. hang along the entryway.


If you're in Brooklyn, you don't have to travel to the Big Apple since there's a Nyonya location in Bensonhurst and Borough Park. Like the Manhattan branch, these venues serve their delicious fare on a daily basis.
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Why? Taste why they have high Zagat ratings.
When: Monday, Thursday & Sunday – 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Tuesday & Saturday – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (all venues)
Where: 199 Grand Street, Manhattan. See website for Brooklyn locations.
Cost: Prices vary.
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