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Conveniently located at Union Square, Laut was one of the first Malaysian restaurants to receive a Michelin Star in NY. We focus on bringing the best recipes, dishes and flavors from South East Asia for you. Our goal is to preserve the flavor profiles of each dish, while maintaining the integrity of each cuisine. The only way to achieve that is to recreate them from scratch with regionally authentic spices and the freshest ingredients.
Laut, in Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language), translates to Sea. These straits or seas of these coastal cities played a crucial role in the region’s history, navigating traders and travelers from all over the world.
At Laut, we’ll navigate your palates through an adventurous journey of flavors through our cuisine. Our menu ranges from local favorites, street foods, different curries, spicy & sour broths, satays, noodles, bread (roti), and rice dishes.
New York, NY 10003
Malaysian, Thai, Southeast Asian
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: Lunch-11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Dinner- 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday: Lunch-11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Saturday: 2:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Regionally Authentic Malaysian Streetfood from Penang to KL and other Southeast Asian Favorites!
Please call (212) 206-8989 or email email@example.com for more information. Thank you. We cater to offsite events as well.
NRQ / 456 / L Union Square Stop & BDF 14th Street Stop
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Laut Ratings and Reviews
I went with a friend on Thursday evening for dinner. The food was delicious but the restaurant was very crowded. The service was erratic; I had to wait for more water for about 10 minutes mid-meal. The waitress took a long time to bring us the credit card slips, but was quick to come back and abruptly tell us that "she needed the table." I have waited tables for year; when I served customers in a timely manner, they were able to leave faster so I could seat other customers. I will not be rushing back there even though I really liked the food. I would only recommend going when they are less busy.
Laut is great place if you are looking for some authentic Malaysian food. Mee Goreng and Bee Houn tastes just like back home. Service is attentive and fast. Ppl are friendly and care to make your experience pleasant. Give them a visit, you will not be displeased.
It was a flavor extravaganza! Started with the cocktail of the day - coconut with sake. I had the national dish of Malaysia with four unique flavors the most outrageous of which was peanuts with dried anchovy. He had a Tom Yum soup that was deliciously aromatic without being too spicy. Topped it off with the Chinese Pancake (which looks like a reverse waffle or big bubble wrap) with coconut ice cream. We were in the mood for Thai, but decided Malaysian was a good choice. I'm so glad we landed here!
Fantastic restaurant, one of my go-to spots in all of NYC. Incredibly consistent each and every time I go. Best things on the menu are Roti Canai, Massaman Curry, Tom Kha with Shrimp, Pad Thai, Spicy Chili Crab, their fried rice w the egg on top-- for starters ;)
Food fragrant and tasty. Not oily!!!
once seated, service was attentive and quick.
(A little too quick!! We were nearly an hour early for our movie!)
Prices a little bit high for the size of the portions and the casual ambience.
Overall: strongly recommended
Food is a bit pricey, but the flavor makes up for it. Service is a bit slow, but I presume it was because they were understaff... Or the waiter/waitress were working double shift and by dinner time.... tired... Employer please take note. One more note, the Hainainees chicken is not Hainainees version chicken where it is cooked in ginger, garlic, spring onion broth, it is actually more of a roast chicken... Although seasoning is good but the meat is on the dry side.
Laut is one of the best values in the Union Square area! Food was very good with lots of vegetarian options, and prices were very reasonable. Atmosphere is okay -- the place is small and a bit noisy, so it was fine for our group of 8 but would probably not be as nice for, say, a date. Stay away from the coconut pudding, which is really more of a coconut jello with a texture that is very off-putting!
Everything we ordered appetizers (satay, curry puffs) to entrees (pad thai, massa municipal curry, shrimp with vegetables) were all excellent. Freshly prepared, hot to the table (a personal bugaboo) all of it was wonderful. Service was prompt and attentive. We'd go back in a heart beat.
The food is the star. A wide variety of Asian dishes each well prepared. Service is friendly but a bit off hand, like a lot of casual restaurants. The Thom Kha Gai soup was a real hit on a cold day. They are famous for their Chili crab which they make with soft shell crab in delicious spicy sauce. The place is noisy and a bit crowded, but the food is awesome and reasonably priced. It is definitely a fun place to go.
I found this restaurant in a google search for good places to eat in Union Square and decided to try it. SO glad I did! The ambiance is casual and fun, the menu is really diverse and very reasonable price wise, the service was quick and friendly, and the food was very tasty and fresh. I also highly recommend the lychee martinis! I will definitely go back again!
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