I am an Indonesian, so far I've known about 10 Indonesian restaurants in NYC (Manhattan and outer borough). But none of these restaurants are as good as the one is Los Angeles area or San Francisco area. I was wondering if someone out there know if there's any more Indonesian Restaurants out there ?
Here are the restaurants I know :
1. Bali Nusa Indah
I think it's around 45th St and 9th Ave, Manhattan
It has a variety of dishes from all over the archipelago, unfortunately the food doesn't taste that great and the price is a little bit steep for the quantity.
2. Java Rijtavel
Never been here, but a lot of my Indonesian friends said the food doesn't come close to the food I cook myself at home.
3. New Indonesian & Malaysian Restaurant
Bayer St, Chinatown, Manhattan
This is a Malaysian Restaurant, nothing come close to real Indonesian food, however, the owner is an Indonesian, some of their desserts are Indonesian.
4. Borobudur Cafe
4 St, btwn 1st and 2nd Ave (or 2nd and 3rd ?)
The food is eatable, better than any other one in Manhattan, but still, some of them taste pretty awful, nothing quite the same as Indonesian food in LA or San Francisco. Their Sates, Lamb Curry, and Fish dishes are quite good.
5. Warteg Fortune
52nd St, Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights, Queens
Good reasonable food, considering the price $3.75-$5.00 per entree and enough to load up your empty stomach with many varieties of food, including soto, sate kambing, sate ayam, sate padang, some desserts, many krupuk, martabak. They also sell Es Teler and Sosro. But overall, it's a fast food, and cheap eats, not a really good one.
6. Cafetaria at Indonesian Consulate
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Good food. Very authentic, very cheap. The menu changes everyday.
7. Kantin KJRI
38th St, btwn First and Second Ave
Personally I like this better than Cafetaria at Indonesian Consulate, the food is always good, for $5 or $6 you can get an entree with apetizers and dessert, and it's really authentic. A lot of UN workers and Indonesain consulates actually eat here during lunch, which is the only time they open, I believe 12-2 PM. Good food. Perhaps one of the best, if not the best in Manhattan.
8. Masakan Bandung
I don't know where this is ? Anyone knows ? I heard rumor about it ?
9. Sari Kuring
Seafood, Flushing area, Queens.
I am still looking for this place, a friend told me about this place, anyone knows ?
10. Unidentified catering services
There are many families in Queens areas that provide catering services only to Indonesians, good food, awesome homemade menu and cheap. But, unfortunately, unless you know them, a family friends, or Indonesians you cannot locate them because they don't want to sell them to you either.
So, anyone else knows any good Indonesian Restaurants in the city ?