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Laut

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15 E. 17th St., New York, NY 10003 40.737472 -73.991097
nr. Broadway  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-206-8989 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

lautnyc.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 11:30am-3:30pm and 5pm-10:30pm; Fri, 11:30am-3:30pm and 5pm-10:45pm; Sat, 2pm-10:45pm; Sun, 1pm-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.

Prices

$11-$25

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

4th St. to 30th St., FDR Dr. to Eighth Ave.

Profile

In a city full of carbon-copy Thai joints, Laut offers a refreshingly memorable respite from tired renditions of pad see ew. There’s little opportunity to order wrong at this Malaysian-Thai-Singaporean refuge, but if you’re having trouble deciding among the pan-Asian menu items, go for a mini-tour of traditional Malaysian dishes: Rendang curry dazzles the tongue with crunchy toasted coconut and flecks of piquant ginger coating velvety strips of beef; sotong goreng, an appetizer of marinated, fried squid, proves to be both impossibly tender and perfectly crispy, its nuttiness punctuated with a chile zing. Despite unusual decorative flourishes (delicately painted vignettes sprout from the exposed-brick wall; mismatched sconces light the room), the ambiance here is decidedly quotidian (blame clunky chairs scraping across a tiled floor). If the surroundings distract, focus on dessert instead: When you’re being treated to a marvel like sweet, sticky rice topped with shredded coconut and plum sugar, nothing else really matters.

Recommended Dishes

Rendang curry with beef, $18; Soton Goreng, $9; Bulupinti, $5

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