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Photograph: Jessica Lin
For down and dirty Indonesian and Malaysian food, check out this Chinatown hole in the wall. Actually, it’s a hole in the ground, with a small café at street level and the main dining room down a narrow flight of stairs. It’s worth a trip to the café just to sample the wobbly, colorful sweet cakes made with tapioca and coconut milk. Downstairs, avoid the rujak, a salad of unripe mango in sweet and sour sauce, which lacks depth and detail, and try the roti canai, a fried pancake served with a cup of spicy coconut curry, a classic Malaysian sauce. The curry bean thread crab, a clay pot swimming with whole crabs, is also tasty.
Venue name: Sanur
Address: 18 Doyers St
New York

Cross street: between Bowery and Pell St
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 9:30am–10pm
Transport: Subway: J, M, N, Q, R, Z, 6 to Canal St
Price: Average main course: $11. Cash only
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