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Java Indonesian Rijsttafel

455 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215 40.662679 -73.985018
at 16th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-832-4583 Send to Phone

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Hours

Daily, 4pm-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

F, G at 15th St.-Prospect Park; F, G at Seventh Ave.

Prices

$10.95-$22

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Prix-Fixe

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

This moderately priced, friendly Indonesian restaurant has been serving the working middle-class families of Windsor Terrace since before the neighborhood became the breeding grounds for Park Slope’s grup runoff. Rijsttafel means “rice table” in the colonial language, and Java’s muted flavors cater to conservative palates. The rijsttafel for two is a belt-busting bargain, with fourteen dishes ranging from codfish to chicken, pickles to skewers, and soup to coconuts, all served on a stainless-steel tray kept warm by a Sterno can. Soto madura, a comforting, tart chicken-noodle soup, comes garnished with slices of hard-boiled egg, marble-size fried-potato balls, bits of fried bean curd, and fried shallots. Not everything works: Chewy beef and chicken sate swim in a mild peanut sauce, and beef rendang lacks the tenderness of the traditional long, slow braise. But Kambing Goreng (lamb stew) is distinguished by a sweet, dark sauce redolent of nutmeg and tamarind. Adventurous diners will likely be disappointed, but the place is a boon for locals without many other ethnic options.

Recommended Dishes

Rijsttafel for two, $45; fried banana, $4

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