Nyonya, Little Italy, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

I recommend:  Chicken Satay, Rotu Telur, Mango Chicken

Nyonya is the bustling, busy and extremely popular Malaysian restaurant in Little Italy. Here they try to bring to the West authentic Nyonya style cooking which evolved as result of the intermarriages between  Chinese immigrants and local Malays.

The food at Nyonya is good but the whole experience is all a little too mass for me. I feel Im missing out on the authentic nuances of the cuisine which I might experience at a place likeTaste Good.

All in all though, Nyonya makes for a decent experience with a few dishes that will keep you coming back for more. Here is some of what we ate:


This is one my favorite appetizers. I always measure how good a Malaysian restaurant is based on how much I enjoy this dish.

I thought the curry that came with the roti’s was excellent – some of the best I’ve treid but the Roti cannai was a little too limp.

I felt it should have been crispier so that when you dip it in the curry, it softens just a little but still gives you a little crunch when you bite into it.

The roti telur which is made with the same dough as the canai is a roti that is filled with egg. It was very good.



Their chicken satay was very good. The meat was tender and the marinade was tasty.



This is a tangy dish made with tender slices of chicken, shrimp and mango slices. It had a great balance between sweet and sour.


I wanted something spicy so I ordered the chili crab. It was not spicy but it was good. The crab was fresh, it was well cooked and it was covered in a dry sauce with crunchy fresh, peppers and onions.