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Map & Directions 15 E. 17th St.
New York, NY 10003
  • Delivery, Takeout
  • Accepted


Village Voice's Description

This well-regarded Malaysian restaurant just outside Union Square is Michelin-starred, with a decor to match. Pushing customers' preconceived ideas about authenticity, price, and decor in "ethnic" restaurants, Laut is dimly lit--all small wooden tables, exposed brick,and metal latticework, undercut by thumping club music, but the Malay flavors--coconut, lemongrass, and belchan (fermented shrimp paste) are strongest and best, despite the restaurant’s official billing as pan-Asian. In addition to a variety of lunch-special curries (penang sate and massaman being the most familiar, but by no means the only ones to try), Laut offers laksa, a traditional spicy noodle soup in both curry and asam styles, water spinach heavy with chile and shrimp paste, sotong goreng (fried squid with chile), and crisp roti canai, a fried flatbread. There are plenty of skippable items--sake bombs, shumai, buffalo wings--but as long as the friendly staff leads you to the Malaysian section of the menu, you’re likely to have a tasty meal. --Diana Clarke

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  • Eelain S. on 07/10/10

    beef rendang, kang kung belacan, roti canai, chow kway teow, hainanese chicken rice... just a few favorites :)

  • La Dolce Vita on 12/21/11

    One Michelin star.

  • Jason L. on 02/05/10

    Ginger candy is best eaten in pieces.

  • Lulu P. on 12/21/12

    Service is really good and there's a huge selection for lunch specials :) filling and pretty flavorful

  • Ariela F. on 04/10/11

    The roti canai is as good as everyone says! $7 is steep for it but it's still worth it.

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