Rasa, which translates to taste and feeling in Malay, offers a combination of old and new flavors and of home and street inspired cooking. Siblings and co-owners, Tommy Lai and Camie Lai grew up in a small village an hour north of Kuala Lumpur and they draw upon culinary skills they developed cooking with their mother that combine Malaysia's legendary street food and "choo char," a style of cooking that is also unique to Malaysia.
Offering 52 seats in a restaurant in the heart of the Greenwich Village, Rasa offers distinct brunch and dinner menus. Try traditional Malaysian dishes like Kampung Fried Rice and Hainanese Chicken Rice or chef specialties like Fried Chili Chicken or Stink Beans with Shrimp. Rasa offers a special Sunday prix fixe meal that includes a beverage, appetizer and an entrée.
Great lunch specials. Beef rendang was so-so and a bit pricey for $19 and a small-ish serving .
Had a variety of dishes including Thai and Japanese and Indonesian.......wanted more Malaysian options . The Malaysian curry was good stuff though. Gave me a good taste of Malaysian food and was pleased with the food. The serving staff on a weekend were attentive so much so that every time I just looked around for something they were responsive. Would come again for quality of food and service.
The owner is so friendly and the food was delicious! I went with 8 other people, originally I had a smaller reservation but they let me add a couple of extra people at the last minute and were very considerate. Friendly staff and amazing drinks! I definitely recommend the Lychee Daiquiri. All around great night!
delicious food and good service. the fried dumpling was great.
Restaurant easily located in downtown NYC, food was very tasty and good portion for the price. Restaurant was clean and staff very courteous. Would definitely return if around the area again thanks for the great service and cuisine.
Great neighborhood & nice restaurant. I had the calamari app. & the sambal shrimp, both were very good.
Food at Rasa was great. The place was fun and energetic. However, if you have a tight schedule, the restaurant might not be the place for you. Even though we had a reservation, we were kept waiting for over 45 minutes. While we were happy that Rasa had a full house, the hostess was unapologetic about the delay. (And the funny thing was Opentable still had available reservations for slots while the restaurant was packed.) Not sure about the business practice!
Roti Canai and Chilli Crab are top notch
We waited 30 mins for our table even though we had reservations and the food wasn't as good as I've had in the past. better to go when its not busy.
Crowded when we were there , may be due to Singapore restaurant week? Food is good and authentic , prawn noodles and chicken rice , nasi lemak are all good choices.