NyoNya is a Malaysian Chinese gourmet joint in Northern Chinatown (near Little Italy on 194 Grand st @ Mulberry) It serves a nice mix of Malaysian dishes along with traditional Cantonese faire. The atmosphere is always quite busy and the bamboo decorations give it a South Pacific Tiki feel. (They even have drinks served in peeled coconuts to complete the theme).
194 Grand St New York
But we didn’t come for the decor nor the tiki drinks this time.
Started off with Roti Telur which is a traditional indian pancake (like Nan bread) with a really tasty curry chicken sauce for dipping.
Then we had some of the traditional Satay Chicken sticks with peanut sauce. It was good but a little dry.
Singapore rice noodles were pretty good. Served with shrimp.
Hainan chicken was awesome – very smooth and tender. It also comes with a spicy red chili dipping sauce.
We finished with a plate of steamed clams in black bean sauce. It was good but there weren’t too many clams as is usually the case wherever you go.
Just a warning though – this restaurant is one of those “cash only” establishments. So take a trip to the ATM before you head over. Overall I like this restaurant – you can get your traditional Chinese dishes and a mixture of other cuisines at the same time. The dishes are on the smaller side so it’s good for a small group so you can sample a variety of dishes at the same time. The service is ok.