Mon-Wed, noon-11pm; Thu-Fri, noon-midnight; Sat, 11am-midnight; Sun, 11am-11pm
A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Leroy St. to 18th St., Sixth Ave. to West Side Hwy.
Everything from this Malaysian restaurant's laid-back and droopy-trousered but deceptively efficient crew to its open kitchen and congenially cramped environs is reminiscent of Chef Zak Pelaccio (5 Ninth)'s late, beloved Williamsburg venture the Chickenbone Cafe. In typical small-plate fashion, diners are encouraged to share, and plates emerge from the open kitchen as they’re ready. Malaysian food, apparently, makes excellent bar snacks: A few items seem designed to accompany an ice-cold beer or two (there are several offbeat choices on the mostly Asian list, including Hitachino’s new Ginger). Meat dishes are unapologetically messy, from the richly lacquered Jalan Alor chicken wings (sweet, sticky, and not too meaty), to the “fatty duck” (three or four brined, steamed, and fried hunks that defy knife, fork, and chopstick), to the pair of sweetly sauced, gratifyingly meaty Heritage Foods pork ribs.Note
The kitchen is closed daily from 5 p.m.-5:45 p.m.