Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Nyonya
5323 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1122040.638836 -74.005719
11 am-11:30 pm
Neighborhoods: Sunset Park
Stumbled into this place and have been stumbling in ever sin – I have never been to malaysia but I did graduate the French Culinary Institute and I know what good food is, and this is it. Excelent selection, may lack on consistancy sometimes. Must try Roti Canard and malaysian spare ribs.
Best Asian cuisine – I have tried thai, japanese, Vietnamese and I have to say Malaysian is my favorite. The food is spicy and so flavorful that you just have explosions in your mouth! Great restaurant!
Average Malaysian Food for Quite A Price – I find some of the food bland and tasteless (char kuew teow and fried rice), and some to be pretty good (the roti prata!). I would say that they are pretty average, nothing really special that keeps me on going there over and over again, but they are somewhat better than the general Chinese restaurants in ChinaTown. The service is so-so, and is a bit pricey. Please be informed that some of the prices are higher than listed in the menu, maybe because they decided to change the price but have no intention of telling everybody? I went there one day, ordered food, and asked why they charged me $1 higher than the price listed. The cashier just moved her hand up and down, left and right, and expect me to understand (like I speak sign language!).
Nyonya is perfect for a family gathering, but don't expect the taste to be as rich as the ones in Malaysia!
Unlike the other Penang restaurants, this one is VERY DISSAPOINTING. – I have been going to NyoNya on Grand St. for years, and absolutely love the food! When I heard one opened up in Brooklyn I was ecstatic to try it! Unfortunately, the place is a health hazard zone, and will probably get shut down in time. I ordered the curry chicken dish, which was hard to chew because it was so stale. It was cold on the inside, and mildly warm on the outside. I also ordered the Mee Siam noodles which came with free miniature dead flies on its eggs. The tofu which had been re-fried too many times, was hard enough to scratch your throat, but thankfully dry enough for you to know, it shouldn't be swallowed. When informing the staff about the stale, cold, dirty, and obviously re-fried foods they:
a. informed me there was no manager there to speak with.
b. tried to educate me "this is how we [asians] eat tofu, fried..."
c. they admitted they sometimes get the curry chicken returned to them because it's cold on the inside.
(they offered to re-heat it for me, but not to prepare a fresh one).
d. they refrained on commenting about the fly, and demanded that I still pay for the meal.
Great value malaysian – This place basically has the same menu as Penang but everything is cheaper, including the atmosphere. It is worth it for the great taro bowl with seafood and the peanut pancake desserts. Atmosphere isn't as good, but the food is worth it.
Stay Away!! – After reading the Zagat survey, we were very excited to try Nyonya. I have worked in restaurants my whole life and Im very forgiving. My husbands jumbo coconut prawn were terribly greasy and sickenly sweet, so we asked if he could send it back. After sending several different servers to our table, everyone shook their head and said no. They took the shrimp, we still had to pay for the entire dinner, and we left unhappy and hungry. Nobody cared about anything except getting their cash. Dont go!!
A bustling outpost of Malaysian flavor, set in the heart of Brooklyn's Chinatown. – The Scene
A far cry from the neon-lit formica and kung pao portraiture of cheap Chinese takeout, Penang's outer-borough sister Nyonya is tastefully decorated in exposed brick and shady bamboo. Despite the laid-back decor, the atmosphere's no-nonsense in this always-busy corner boite, where the staff, brisk though never brusque, trade off orders and call each other across the room to ensure that the line out the front never gets too long.
Nyonya's menu deftly combines the flavors of China, India and Thailand. The homage to India is most evident in the delectable roti canai appetizer, a fried pancake served with pungent curry dipping sauce, while the mango chicken offers a surprisingly sophisticated, fresh take on sweet-and-sour. Tofu dishes spiced with pork, dried fish and shrimp are particular standouts here, like the spectacularly presented sizzling Nyonya tofu and the double-sauced nyonya lobak. One caveat: Some of the curried casseroles can be a trifle harsh.
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