1 at 103rd St.
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74th St. to 125 St., Riverside Dr. to Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
This diminutive Upper West Side eatery on a quiet block near Broadway is a hit for three reasons: Big portions, low prices, and generally well-executed Southeast Asian comfort food. The pine walls and latticed wood ceiling impart a homey feel to the long, narrow room. The roti canai—a pancake accompanied by a peanut-y curry dipping sauce—is a favorite starter and refreshingly free of grease. The same cannot be said of the lion roll, a bland and oily concoction of minced pork and shrimp wrapped in a thin skin of fried tofu and presented like a sushi roll. The sha cha beef is a tender mountain of thinly sliced, peanut-sprinkled beef, and kari sayur campur, crunchy mixed vegetables simmering in a clay pot of thick (but light-tasting) curry.Recommended Dishes
Roti canai, $3.25; sha cha beef, $10.50; kari sayur campur, $8.25