It was such a pleasure to walk into Rasa and happen upon the lovely owner and manager, Camie. She was very friendly and excited to talk about this restaurant so dear to her heart. The cuisine at Rasa is Malaysian, though they also serve sushi, making for a unique menu that we have not yet seen before on the side streets. Camie came to New York City thirty years ago, having previously owned another restaurant, and opened Rasa in December of 2013. Her idea behind Rasa was to create a place for everyone to enjoy Malaysian comfort food, which she thought the area was lacking.
New York is one of the food capitals of the world, boasting restaurants with any type of cuisine one could possibly imagine craving. That being said, in comparison to how many restaurants there are in this city, there are not many serving Malaysian. We were all pleased with the spicy Asian food. Some shared the Five Spice Pork Roll and the Roast Duck Salad, and we could only drool over the “Laut’s Special Noodles, ” a steamy concoction smothered in rich brown sauce ordered by our neighbor at the next table. There were several vegetarian options, and we decided upon one of the menu's Plates. It came with tofu, mango, onions, and bell peppers with a spicy sweet and sour sauce. The establishment itself is simply decorated with its tin ceiling, chalk drawings of Malaysian scenes, and walls lined with comfortable benches adorned with metal work. The food is served quickly, efficiently and even earned a Michelin star back in 2011.