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.
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!
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.
Serves pretty authentic Malaysian food. Didn't try any of their Thai or Japanese dishes so can't comment on those.
A foodie experience at its truest ! Malaysian food with a fresh, farm to table approach
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!