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“An Indonesian Stop at Satay Junction”

As a New Yorker, you’re likely well-versed in foods with bold flavors. You’re willing to (and sometimes even crave) a fragrant tom yum soup or a classic Caesar salad tossed with pungent whole anchovies. But if you’re looking for something new, check out Satay Junction, which just opened recently in the Village. 

Here you’ll find Indonesian cuisine, which hasn’t quite taken off yet in New York. When you enter this 16-seat restaurant with its traditional art work adorning the walls in a cozy, rustic space, the smells of pala (nutmeg), cengkey (clove) and laos (galangal) are wafting through the air.

The partners behind Brick Lane Curry House (Sati Sharma and Raj Dodani) have partnered with Chef Durayati Djunaedi and Raj Dodani to bring authentic Indonesian cuisine to New York. As the name suggests, satays — a staple in Indonesian culture, from streets carts to fine dining establishments — are the specialty (ranging from $7-$11). Chef Djunaedi, who started cooking this type of street food after moving away from her homeland, also has nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice; $4-$11), mee goreng (Indonesian-style pan seared flat noodles; $4-$11), traditional soups and salads ($4-$7, including a spicy chicken soup and steamed fish balls) and desserts (for $3, it includes fried bananas with vanilla ice cream or a baked cassava cake flecked with coconut) on the menu.

Satay Junction is open from Sunday to Thursday from noon to 11 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from noon to 1 a.m. — reservations are suggested.
Satay Junction is located at 28 Greenwich Ave. (between Charles and W. 10th Streets), 212-929-9400, www.satayjunction.com.
— Bao Ong

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