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Downtown Manhattan, Chinatown, Civic Center


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Malaysian Lunch on the Fly

Okay, for a person like me, a Special Ed Teacher who runs from school to school all day, my lunch has to be quick, cheap and tasty of course. Jaya Malaysian Resatuarant fit the criteria, however I had to give them points off for the lack of customer service. If you enjoy talking to the wait staff and stellar customer service, then this might not be the place for you. Since one of my main schools is in China Town, NYC, I'm always looking for new spots to eat that fit my lunch time criteria. I decided to check out this restaurant because it was literally around the corner from my school and I was really craving an order of Pad Thai Noodles. Mmmmmmmm. I was seated quickly, almost instantly upon walking in. My order was taken almost as quickly and my food came out in less than 10 minutes. I ordered the shrimp pad thai noodles. The food was good. Not great, but good for a 20 minute lunch stop. The portion size was good enough for me. There wasn't enough to take home in a doggy bag, but it was satisfying for lunch. My bill was reasonable,under $10 for a can of soda and my order. After my order came out I was given no attention from the wait staff, but I wasn't looking for any. Overall it was a good lunch stop for me and I will return again.



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I've had better Malaysian food elsewhere

A friend and I went here last week for lunch and really like the decor with the bamboo sticks and open seating since it was a nice day.
I've been to a couple other Malaysian eateries and enjoyed the food and knew what I wanted right away. It took a few minutes for our waitress to provide menus, but when we ordered I asked if I could get the Hokkein noodles without seafood.
The food came fast, the roti canai was a decent portion and tasty though a bit crunchy for my taste, the sauce accompanying the canai had no taste whatsoever, it was downright watery.
When I received my noodles there was seafood in it, but I overlooked it. It took a while for our waitress to return and take our empty plates, which was okay since we weren't in a hurry to leave.
When I was ready to pay with a credit card the waitress simply looked at my bill then put the tray back on the table saying only ""15 dollar minimum."" Mind you the check was $14.10!
Our waitress never returned and I had to wave down a manager to be able to pay the bill and leave. I asked him to charge $15 since it was only a matter of 90 cents. When I got the bill to sign I saw they were able to charge me $14.10.
The food was okay, I had better Malaysian food and phenomenal service at Taste Good in Elmhurst, Queens. I'd highly recommend their place over Jaya's for food and service.



Provided by Citysearch - 
very bad service

This was my third and last time there.
First time I was there about a year ago, the food was very tasty, service was so so. The second time food ok but not great and waitrees took my money never bringing the change back so my tip was abot 40%. My asking for my money did not help since most of them do not speak English. Yesterday Sept 04, 2009 I took my friends from Europe for dinner. Coconut rice was made from some left over chicken, I did complain but nobody ask me to replace or credit it. Nobody has come to check on us, but when I was ready to pay three waitresses came over but instead of geting 20% tip , they got 5%. WILL NEVER VISIT THIS PLACE AGAIN.



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Affordable and Tasty

Me and a friend eat at Jaya whenever we are in China Town. I usually order the roti kanaii, basil chicken and coconut rice. I have ordered other things off the menu but I wasn't too impressed. However, you cant go wrong with the basics. The check is less than $20 for 2 people including the appetizers... sort of unheard of in the city. It's definitely worth trying out.



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Amazing Food, Bad Service

I went to Jaya for lunch the other day. I was seated quickly, and everything on the menu looked delicious. I eventually decided to order Assam Laksa, which smelled really strange, but was delicious. It was basically fish and mint soup with lots of noodles. I also got a little spiced chicken wrapped in leaves for an appetizer, which was extremely delicious, but hard to eat, because it was tied up in tough leaves and they only gave a butter knife to cut. My grass jelly drink was delicious, and if it weren't for the service, I would list Jaya as one of my favorite places. The waitress was just very curt and rude and even though I peppered my ordering with many smiles and thank yous, all she had to say was ""yeah"" in a rude tone over and over. Well I didn't let it ruin my time, and I would still come back here for the food, but they definitely need to work on their customer service, and I'm seeing a lot of the same in other people's reviews.



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Okay food, rude slow service

We visited here for dinner because we generally love Malaysian food. We ordered two noodle dishes and one fish appetizer. The appetizer was interesting and well done although it did take quite a while to get it. The noodle dishes were both mediocre, the noodles themselves were pretty good but the shrimp was over done, the tofu was extremely greasy and the sauces were overpoweringly syrupy sweet.

Our waiter disappeared halfway through dinner so we had to flag down another waitress after waiting 30 minutes for our check. She was extremely rude when we talked to her and slow bringing our bill. This place has unremarkable food and terrible service, I would steer clear of it.



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Good Food, HORRIBLE Sevice

If you are ok with the idea of getting great tasting food with horrible service then this is the place for you!

My boyfriend and I decided to stop here one day hoping to have an enjoyable meal. The atmosphere was nice (not quite over the top). We were seated right away and our drink orders were taken. Then the waiting began. I'd say it took about 10 minutes for our drinks to arrive. Nice. Seriously though, why should it take you ten minutes to pour a glass of water and bring it back out? It probably took twice as long to get our food. The food itself tasted great. We were quite pleased with that. However, once our food arrived our waitress was done with us. That is until we were given the bill. No ""how is everything?"" No drink refills. Nothing.

After we finally paid and were leaving, this is when the BIGGEST problem kicked in. Tips are not legally required. Tips, in my and my boyfriend's opinion, are given based on how well our waiter/waitress does his/her job. You want a good tip? You work for it. Our waitress was horrible, as I've stated. So, we left her a tip that reflected how we felt she did. She should have been glad she got a tip at all. Oh but no no no! She chased us out of the restaurant and demanded we give her more money. She would not leave us alone until we gave her money.

Are you kidding me?

I will never go here again.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good restaurant, Great prices

I had a spicy beef dish(sorry, can't remember the exact name). It's a dish with very similair flavors to Indian cuisine. My GF had a chicken dish with stir fried glass noodles. DELICIOUS! It was my first time in Chinatown and I was not dissappointed. In the end, we both ate our lunch for $12.75!! I highly recommend this restaurant for a quick, cheap, and filling lunch.

----Oh, and leland and her cheap boyfriend should be banned from all restaurants. LOL



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terrible food

I lived in Chinatown for about 10 years. I have tried all the local malaysian restaurants and this one is the worst. I always get the popular dish that are signature dishes from Malaysia. All the other Malaysian restaurants are all delicious and consistent but not Jaya. The dish(es) I am going to talk about is Chow Kueh Teow (spelling might be diff at diff restarurants) but Jaya ODed it with tons of soy sauce and there were fish dumplings and preserved sausage in it?which in not suppose to be there. Another famous dish is the Crown Chicken served in a fried taro basket. That basket was stale and it was not crunchy at all. Also you can?t go wrong with Hainanese Chicken with rice, the rice is the star of that dish (supposed to be flavor with rich chicken broth) but it was dry and bland. Furthermore, their ?fresh? smoothies are made with powdered ingredients. This is my first time giving a restaurant a review b.c i feel compelled to tell everyone about this. Please don't go there.



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Oh that fish!!

The Jaya special Fish is to die for. Specially if it is seabass and not red snapper. Try the fish if you are at Jaya and it will be added to your favorites in an instant..



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The only thing good is the roti chanai

I have to say, definitely underwhelmed. Got delivery, and portions were small. Food was average at best. The okra portion was tiny, and the Indian Mee Goreng had mushrooms that were definitely not fresh. The only redeeming dish was the roti. Will not be ordering from here again.

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great food for your money!

Jaya is one of my favourite restaurants in chinatown. food is just superb! the serving is pretty big and price is just so inexpensive. i do agree with the comment about their waitstaff, they tend to make you feel like you have to rush through your meal. i guess it's because there are a lot of people waiting to be seated. must try though!



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yummy in my tummy!

I was walking around Chinatown when I noticed this spot, tucked away on the sidestreet of Baxter. People say the ambience isn't too great, but I think it's quite nice compared to most Chinatown restaurants. It has sort of an islandy feel, with bamboo chairs, wide open spaces and a large tropical fish tank. My only complaint would be the service. My waitress rushed me to order, never asked me how my meal was or if I needed a napkin. The water was warm, which didn't go well with my spicy dish. The food is absolutely fantastic and cheap! I got an entire dinner for $7, and had more than plenty of leftovers. It took entirely too long to get the check and they don't accept credit cards on bills less than $10. It's definitely worth sacrificing great service for a great meal at even greater prices.



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Got jury duty - make sure you have lunch here

Wonderful Malaysian food!

They have a huge varity of dishes - great value for the amount of food you get and the quality!

Love this place.



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Not as good

Whenever I visit New York, I will make it a point to stop by Jaya. However, we are very disappointed that the food quality has dropped. The char kway teow is dry and the noodle used was not the soft chinese type. The pophia was the worst. The filling tasted stale. Seafood chow fun (our special order) was very starchy. You can imagine our disappointment especially having driven all the way from Philly. In any case, to give them credit on others, their mee goreng is pretty good.



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Fire up ur appetite with Malaysian food!

If spicy food agrees with your stomach, dig into some of the popular dishes such as Homemade Roti Canai (crispy Indian pancake that comes with a thick curry sauce), Malaysian Lemon Grass Satay (BBQ chicken or beef skewers with peanut sauce), Curry Seafood Noodle Soup (be prepared to ask for water refills), and Beef Rendang over rice. Try the Steamed Carp Chew Chow Style, Crabs With Spicy Sauce, finger-licking Butter Shrimp, Grilled Stingray Fish in Banana Leaf, and Cashew Chicken in Taro Cake. Youll be glad you came with a big party, otherwise youll be stuffed to the hilt!



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The Best NYC Malaysian Restaurant!!!

This was our first stop in a search for Malaysian food on a recent trip to NYC. My wife is Malay and this is the only restaurant that we went back to. roti Chanai is great, except the Roti bread reminded me more of a crepe than Malaysian Roti. We tried as many of the dishes as we could, the Beef Rendang is nice and tasty but needed more coconut milk. The place reminded me of some of the places in Kuala Lumpur, pots and pans stacked to the ceiling. Of all the Malaysian REstaurants in NYC this one does the best job of being authentic. Also try their many tropical drinks, I loved the watermelon and my wife had to have what the Malays call ABC.



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Spice and All that is Nice

Malaysian cuisine is not for the spice-oh-phobic but some dishes had enough kick and bite to make it passable for delicate tasters. I always bring dates and friends to this off Canal Street eatery for the reasonably priced fare. Get the Tom Yum Soup, Hinanese Chicken, Beef Rendang ang the noodle dishes. Make sure you order the ABC dessert (no letters in it but just delightful shaved ice with tidbits of sweet jellies) and the Malaysian Coffee (their version of Thai Tea with cream) to ensure your tastebuds won't burn afterwards. The cliche'd ambiance and scary restroom is a small price to pay for great eats in Chinatown.



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Highly recommended!

The food here is soooo good. Admittedly, the atmosphere and service could use a little help, but we always stuff ourselves here and end up wishing there was room in our bodies for even more. And it's so affordable that it makes it worth fighting the crowds on Canal Street to walk there.



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the best soup...

I was craving some soup, but didn't feel like settling for the average wonton/eggdrop ordeal. I ordered some vegetable-tofu-seafood soup that was absolutely amazing. The prices are extremely reasonable and the food is superb. I definitely reccommend this restaurant!