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Rasa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rasanyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 254-1888
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 12:30pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Malaysian, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Tommy Lai (Mitchelin starred Chef)
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For large catering orders, please call one day in advance.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 5th and 6th Avenue
  • Public Transit: Subway: A,B,C,D,E and F trains.(West 4th Street Station) N and R trains. (8th Street Station) 6 Train (Astor Place Station)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Metered Parking from 8am - 10 pm except Sundays. Night Parking Regulation: No Parking between 11pm - 6am All Days.
A word from Rasa
Chef Tommy Lai, the first-ever Malaysian chef to receive a Michelin star in New York together with his sister and co-owner, Camie Lai who both hail from the state of Selangor in Malaysia are opened Rasa, a 52-seater restaurant and bar in the heart of Greenwich Village. The establishment features a Malaysian-inspired menu as well as dishes sparked by the sibling’s extensive travels in South East Asia. Traditional Malaysian dishes and street food like Penang Assam Laksa, Yong Tau Foo Curry Mee, Hokkien Prawn Mee and Beef Rendang take the center stage at Rasa. Other favorites such as Roti Canai (tossed fluffy flatbread served with a side of chicken curry), Malaysian Savory Cupcakes (steamed rice cakes with dried shrimp paste, pickled radish, fried shallots and scallions), Malay Curried Wings (traditional dish fried with turmeric and curry spices), and Curry Puffs will also feature on Rasa's menuContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Slightly spicy calamari, ordered a second round as soon as we had the first bite! Kampung Fried Rice really tasted like home. Assam Laksa (warning, this dish is a seriously Malaysian dish!) is better than the ones at home! Will definitely be coming back soon."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The food here was ok, but nothing special. The service was better than the food itself, and the staff was really kind and attentive."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My sisters and I lived in Malaysia for years and are always on the hunt for the authentic dishes we used to love. Not only was the food amazing, the staff was all incredibly friendly. Pinky, who I assume was the owner, came and talked with us about the dishes and what their vision was for the restaurant - her genuine hospitality and care added to the overall experience and we had such a great time at dinner that we returned the next day for lunch, before leaving the city. We have even begun planning a return in the winter, in order to bring more family in for the experience. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys flavorful, exotic cuisine - especially Malaysian/Indonesian."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Friendly warm atmosphere and brunch toast with perfectly soft-boiled eggs reminds me of my childhood in Asia."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Delicious and authentic Malaysian food. Must gets are the Assam Laksa, Mamak Mee Goreng, Maggie Goreng, Chicken Satay, Otak-Otak, Pulut Panggang (Special Order) and Ais Cendol."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "They have kaya toast for brunch. Highly recommend their brunch menu."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I gave them a 2 star for lack of professionalism. In my reservation through Open Table I requested quiet table for 6, the restaurant didn't read that and placed us at a table right by the entrance to the restaurant. On top of that, they automatically added 18% gratuity to the bill (after tax) eventhough the menu stated 18% gratuity will be added for a party of 8 or more. There were 6 of us. Overall, not a pleasant dining experience."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My daughter and I went to Rasa to try a Malaysian restaurant for the first time. My daughter ordered the crispy chili chicken and asked for it less spicy. Turned out great. I went for pad Thai instead of something Makaysian."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Sensational, very flavorful food at reasonable prices. A mix of Malaysian and Japanese (sushi). The green curry was terrific with plentiful shrimp, jasmine rice cooked to perfection. Sambal was topnotch and the sushi was delectable and ultra fresh. The only problem was that it was Saturday night and got incredibly loud. The restaurant needs soundproofing badly, but that wouldn't stop me from going back to the killer food."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I decided to go to Rasa for a second time and both my date and I were more than satisfied with the service, ambiance and food. I highly recommend Rasa for anyone looking for either good Malaysian cuisine or to try something different. You can't go wrong. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Rasa - what an unexpected surprise! Back when Jiro Dreams of Sushi came out we followed the viewing by going out for sushi... and my choice of restaurant (to remain unnamed) had A nice ambience but entirely forgettable sushi. I was thus carefully optimistic that Saturday night's plan of watching Ilo Ilo, set in Singapore, followed by a meal at Rasa might par nicely, and it was perfect. The problem with most ethnic food is one has to sacrifice ambience for authenticity, and this was thankfully not the case. Great service, great Laksa, Hainanese chicken (I've traveled frequently to Malaysia, Singapore, etc) and the mostly Southeast Asian crowd celebrating a beautiful Saturday night seemed to agree. Will definitely return! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant 3 times in the past months, love the food and service. Very fortunate to have Rasa in my hood, where I know I can always have a wonderful meal and enjoy conversations with friends!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "This was my first time trying Malaysian food and it was a great experience. The staff here is excellent, the food is very good and they even topped off our dinner with free shots from the bar. Would come back here without hesitation. If you haven't gone, go, you'll be glad you did."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Authentic cuisine, top-notch service, and really hits the spot."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food is delicious and light. We have gone twice and plan on going back again."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I had the best Nasi Lemak in all of NYC. I grew up eating Nasi Lemak so I know one when I eat one. The service was excellent - very friendly and attentive staff. I just wished I lived closer to Rasa!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "A little pricey compared to the Malaysian restaurants in Chinatown but this is also a much more convenient location to get to. The food as I've mentioned in the title is really good. As a born and raised Malaysian, I can definitely say that the food here is as authentic as it can get."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "My friends and I love trying new places and we found Rasa. We made a great choice. Food is fresh and savory.Amazing Malaysian flavors. The owner, Kemi, was so welcoming that she even shared some of her secret recipes with us. We will surely dine here again. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Loved the aromatic laksa noodle soup & rich beef rendang. The crispy calamari is really light and full of flavor-- a great way to start the meal. Don't miss the char keu teow-- we really enjoyed it-- all of the noodle dishes looked great at other diner's tables, too."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Compared to any other Malaysian restaurant, Rasa definitely is the finest. The ingredients are fresh and every dish, in south East Asian spirit is boldly flavored but still refined. A perfect example is the char kuay teow - a dish known for its charred, rich smokey taste, is perfectly executed here. The roti canai is wonderfully fluffy and their nasi lemak comes with the most authentic sambal & ikan bilis. Not everything is aimed at authenticity though - the chicken satay does not come on a skewer and it's already tossed in the peanut sauce but it's definitely a highlight on the menu. Their sambal kang kong is slightly milder than you'd find elsewhere but definitely something I ordered twice in one sitting."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This was a great restaurant and the food was great."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our first meal at Rasa. The rendang beef was so tender and flavorful. Had the roti canai, crispy wings, and calamari-- roti is prepared with a savory curry sauce. Calamari is unique-- very light puffed batter with a hint of chili. Loved the laksa-- less oily than other restaurants yet it has a very rich broth. Will definitely return soon. Lunch time on a weekend was really pleasant- the staff is very helpful and attentive."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "This restaurant was okay, though it was probably my fault for not choosing something Malaysian Thai. I had a hankering for sushi, so I ordered sushi, and it was pretty disappointing. But our appetizer and my friend's dish looked delicious."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Was looking for a good sushi spot in the West Village and came across Rasa. Was a little concerned about the dual sushi & Malaysian menus, but I dined with a friend on a busy Saturday night and everything we had from both was fantastic. We tried the curry puffs and chili crab (highly recommend!), as well as a crazy tuna roll and the mermaid roll. Super fresh fish and good sized portions. Also had the friendliest service I've ever come across in 8+ years in Manhattan, and would go back just for that. Only drawback is the decor, which includes some beautiful light fixtures over the bar, but also some neon signs and dive-y wall art. Would definitely go back, and even though it's a small space, they accommodated several large groups."
    Dined on 2/1/2014