Laut

4.2
269 Reviews
$30 and under
Malaysian
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.
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vipJohnG
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant for after Dinner with a business colleague. Delicious food with a diverse Menu covering Asian fusion cuisine from Malaysian and Thai entrees.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

SOOO good! really busy but really good! It was very evident when they were ready to go home because the staff disappeared and they abruptly turned the radio off.

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CCRPS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2017
Overall3food5service3ambience3

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.

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MikeE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the whole experience. I'll be back!!

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KalS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipHealthNut
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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!

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vipCSRNYC
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience3

food (pineapple curry) arrived cold, and shrimp were overcooked; mango was unripe in dessert

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vipShef
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love the food here!!! Definitely very authentic, always tasty, and amazing service.

My personal favorites are the chili crab and the teh tarik, and I'm yet to have a dish here that I havnt liked or not wanted to order again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 ;)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great authentic Malaysian...

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SarahF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Delicious Malaysian food and a great low-key place for dinner with friends.

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Jjjjjkk
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service is really poor for the price. The wait staff is also really disorganized- even with reservations, they made a couple parties wait around (there were open tables). The food was not bad but not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food is amazing. We had a good experience herr

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Very noisy

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AdrienneT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great flavorful Southeast Asian food in a vibrant setting.

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vipNicky
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious. Not a long wait for the food, despite the fact that they were crowded.

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Lovely
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food fragrant and tasty. Not oily!!!
Environment frenetic
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

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vipSoniaS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall3food5service4ambience3

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.

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DonnaF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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!

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viptimeflies1
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipweinn503
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best meals in the city. Great for 2 or 20.

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AllergiesAreAnnoying
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Laut is an excellent find. I highly suggest ordering something spicy. They can make anything spicy if wanted, which I highly recommend.

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timoves
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Pleasant service, warm decor, but my entree order was disappointing--lukewarm, soggy.

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vipMASH
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and variety. Service is excellent and they are all about business. Clear soup was exceptionally well seasoned and noodle and rice dishes terrific. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and we were not rushed to leave.

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Jaizone
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Our food came out cold and so did the table next to ours. We all returned our food as the staff seemed ready to leave as it was only 1000pm on Saturday night. The roti was delicious but I see your restraunt closing soon if this continues in this city..

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
140 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience2

A good find in New York. Pleasant people make the already well prepared food even better. Good value and a little something different.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food was great, and we loved the decor. Service was ok. Very loud place, though. Tables are crammed together and you can hear everyone talking around you. No privacy at all.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall4food5service1ambience1

Food is very good. Service isn't great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall5food5service3ambience2

Perfect restaurant in union square for delicious Thai cuisine. Casual, lively neighborhood joint!

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kavithac
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, loved the ambience and creative menu
The Roti canai is amazing

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious. Made a reservation on open table and didn't have to wait for a table. Very fast service and the food was absolutely delicious. Waiters were attentive and topped up my water frequently which I really appreciated

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vipguyhouston
Houston
60 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Chicken rice is always nice. Please bring back the fish ball dish!

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vipHayatoO
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fun decor, casual and inviting ambiance. Food has various ethnic touches, with a mix of Singaporean, Malaysian, and Thai influence. Recommended for catching up w/ friends in a casual setting!

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vipAnnieH
San Antonio
30 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2016
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great lunch! Business meeting over delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, Service was responsive and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Everyone was happy with their meal choice along with sharing ability. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious Asian food, reasonably priced in a good location with easy access to public transportation. Service is fair to good. Staff could be more attentive.

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vipnycric
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2016
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I wish we had a different server. Sorry to say she was a little clueless about drinks and food on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a team of 10 people for a work event . The staff was great with recommendations and very accommodating. The Food was great as well. Everyone raved about it the next day - which was impressive since they never do. Great place .

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robins
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

FAQs

Laut does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Laut also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 206-8989.

Laut is rated 4.2 stars by 269 OpenTable diners.

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