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Kopitiam

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51B Canal St., New York, NY 10002 40.714966 -73.99384
nr. Orchard St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
646-894-7081 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Asian: Southeast, Coffeehouse
  • Price Range: $

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Hours

Tue-Fri, 10am-3pm and 4:30pm-9pm; Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 10am-7pm

Nearby Subway Stops

F at East Broadway

Prices

$3-$8

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Tea Time

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

Kopitiam might be named for and modeled after the Malaysian coffee shops where customers linger for hours, but don’t try that here. The five counter seats are in constant demand, and your fellow diners will hover anxiously as you attempt to savor chef-owner Kyo Pang’s snacks and sweets. The counter display case is filled with variations on a Malaysian-­dessert theme, mostly involving sticky rice, coconut, palm sugar, and condensed milk, all of which go well with Pang’s famous “hand-pulled” coffee. But be sure to order something from the minuscule kitchen, either sweet (thick slabs of warm toast glued together with ­pandan-tinged coconut jam) or assertively savory (nasi lemak, a craggy nest of tiny dried anchovies flavored with a sambal of fermented shrimp paste, chiles, and peanuts, deposited over a mound of coconut rice). The cooking is homey and packed with flavor, an untranslated love letter to Pang’s ancestral cuisine.

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