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71 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Malaysian, Sushi
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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
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Phone number
(212) 254-1888
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tommy Lai (Mitchelin starred Chef)
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For large catering orders, please call one day in advance.
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Cross street
Between 5th and 6th Avenue
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Parking details
Street Metered Parking from 8am - 10 pm except Sundays. Night Parking Regulation: No Parking between 11pm - 6am All Days.
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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)
Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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rjr7315 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2016

Great lunch specials. Beef rendang was so-so and a bit pricey for $19 and a small-ish serving .

Kashif (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

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.

MLC3 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 15, 2016

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!

viplinda (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 22, 2015

delicious food and good service. the fried dumpling was great.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 19, 2015

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.

eatingagain (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2015

Great neighborhood & nice restaurant. I had the calamari app. & the sambal shrimp, both were very good.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

Roti Canai and Chilli Crab are top notch

vipluv2eat (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

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.

vipClosetfoodie (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 25, 2015

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.

abhindar (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 12, 2015

The food was yummy and authentic, with the server knowing a lot about each dish and helping us choose our meal. However, the restaurant itself was VERY hot, I don't know why the AC wasn't on with the muggy and hot weather outside!

vipGoodFoodNService (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 28, 2015

We went here for dinner and the food and service was excellent. They even suggested us their fab non alcoholic drink which we absolutely loved.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on August 27, 2015

Serves pretty authentic Malaysian food. Didn't try any of their Thai or Japanese dishes so can't comment on those.

Daniel (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2015

A foodie experience at its truest ! Malaysian food with a fresh, farm to table approach

Maestrochu (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 9, 2015

Rasa is an exciting restaurant where the emphasis is on authentic Malay dishes. There are dishes here which you will not find at any other Malay restaurant in the city (even Nyonya or Laut). Standouts are the Nasi Kerabu (a dish with blue rice!), Chili soft-shell crab with fried Mantou (small buns), Nasi pandang ketuk (a dish with green rice!), and fried prawn mee. And don't skip dessert, they offer some highly exotic specialties, like Cendol and Pulut Inti. Recommended for adventurous palates, don't be square, come here with an open mind!