Bali Nusa Indah Restaurant Inc

★★★★☆
  • 651 9TH Ave Ste 145

    New York, NY 10036

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  • 212-974-1875

About Bali Nusa Indah Restaurant Inc

Hours
Monday 11:30 AM - 10:15 PM Tuesday 11:30 AM - 10:15 PM Wednesday 11:30 AM - 10:15 PM Thursday 11:30 AM - 10:15 PM Friday 11:45 AM - 10:30 PM Saturday 11:45 AM - 10:30 PM Sunday 11:45 AM - 10:15 PM
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Came here 10 years ago and didn't think much of the entrees, the desserts were pretty awesome. One of the few Indonesian restaurants in the City, I'm happy to find it's still in business.\r
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Revisited here again for dinner last Friday

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★★★★★

Came here 10 years ago and didn't think much of the entrees, the desserts were pretty awesome. One of the few Indonesian restaurants in the City, I'm happy to find it's still in business.\r
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Revisited here again for dinner last Friday

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Glad we went after reading some of the other reviews. I am a Bule with an Indonesian wife on her visit to New York. For her New York is a culinary desert. So glad we found this place as it was only 2 streets from our hotel in the theatre district.

Took lunch on a quiet Saturday afternoon. Service was prompt, meals came out very quickly and while not exactly as one might find in Indonesia it was all very good.

I love beef rendang, this one was passable, very tender beef and although the sauce was unusual it had enough sting in it to be appreciated. Also had the Gado Gado which again was fresh and tasty even if it was not 100% authentic (but as there are 100 million cooks in Indonesia I am not sure what is).

My wife had soto ayam, it was very tasty and made her very happy, she followed up with tahu goreng which she said was ok but not great.

The inside of the restaurant is pleasantly furnished and very very clean, even the bathrooms were clean, a first for most Indonesian restaurants anywhere.

We would certainly go back, and may even do so tonight to try the Nasi Goreng or Kari Ayam.

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★★★★☆

Glad we went after reading some of the other reviews. I am a Bule with an Indonesian wife on her visit to New York. For her New York is a culinary desert. So glad we found this place as it was only 2 streets from our hotel in the theatre district.

Took lunch on a quiet Saturday afternoon. Service was prompt, meals came out very quickly and while not exactly as one might find in Indonesia it was all very good.

I love beef rendang, this one was passable, very tender beef and although the sauce was unusual it had enough sting in it to be appreciated. Also had the Gado Gado which again was fresh and tasty even if it was not 100% authentic (but as there are 100 million cooks in Indonesia I am not sure what is).

My wife had soto ayam, it was very tasty and made her very happy, she followed up with tahu goreng which she said was ok but not great.

The inside of the restaurant is pleasantly furnished and very very clean, even the bathrooms were clean, a first for most Indonesian restaurants anywhere.

We would certainly go back, and may even do so tonight to try the Nasi Goreng or Kari Ayam.

Pros: Tender Beef Rendang

Cons: none really

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A terrible and disapointing meal. Almost a joke. I ordered the mixed vegtables with curry sauce. The vegtables were steamed and overcooked with no seasoning. The curry sauce was temperture hot liquid completely bland. Burned my mouth. For desert ordered bannana crepe. Hard as a rock. Again the bannana was temperture too hot. Burned my mouth again. Terrrible rushed service. Not enough utentsils on table. Had to ask for water. Keep away.

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★☆☆☆☆

A terrible and disapointing meal. Almost a joke. I ordered the mixed vegtables with curry sauce. The vegtables were steamed and overcooked with no seasoning. The curry sauce was temperture hot liquid completely bland. Burned my mouth. For desert ordered bannana crepe. Hard as a rock. Again the bannana was temperture too hot. Burned my mouth again. Terrrible rushed service. Not enough utentsils on table. Had to ask for water. Keep away.

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A south east asian friend recommended the place and frankly, I expected more for the prices we were paying. The food was bland and devoid of the spice and aroma of authentic Indonesian food. Even the ginger tea lacked character. Service was poor - they forgot an order - no apologies, only "it's coming". And don't get coffee at the end of your meal - this time it was instant! Only for those palates uninitiated in the art of Indonesian cuisine.

0
★☆☆☆☆

A south east asian friend recommended the place and frankly, I expected more for the prices we were paying. The food was bland and devoid of the spice and aroma of authentic Indonesian food. Even the ginger tea lacked character. Service was poor - they forgot an order - no apologies, only "it's coming". And don't get coffee at the end of your meal - this time it was instant! Only for those palates uninitiated in the art of Indonesian cuisine.

Cons: food, price, service

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If you don't know Indonesian Food, you'd probably consider this place good. However, I am Indonesian and I can say that I can cook better than this restaurant. Not to say that it is bad food, but for the price it is so not worth it!

1
★★★☆☆

If you don't know Indonesian Food, you'd probably consider this place good. However, I am Indonesian and I can say that I can cook better than this restaurant. Not to say that it is bad food, but for the price it is so not worth it!

Pros: Good Location

Cons: Bland Food High Prices

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yo the restaurant best ever

i had the best meal ive ever had and it made me so happy in side

i loved it

2
★★★★★

yo the restaurant best ever

i had the best meal ive ever had and it made me so happy in side

i loved it

Pros: great food

Cons: nothing

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This is one of my absolutely favorite places in the city. They are so nice here and the seating is always prompt. There is this tofu steamed in a banana leaf dish that is out of this world--totally different than anything you've had before.

2
★★★★★

This is one of my absolutely favorite places in the city. They are so nice here and the seating is always prompt. There is this tofu steamed in a banana leaf dish that is out of this world--totally different than anything you've had before.

Pros: Quick seating, great food, great prices

Cons: Ambience is not the best but isn't bad..

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You almost can't go wrong on Ninth Avenue in my book...it's my favorite place to wander & read menus to make that all-important dinner decision.

That said, we are upstaters whose international dining choices are relegated to standard Indian, Thai, Greek, etc. Trips to Manhattan provide a great opportunity to eat around the world. We went here on the strength of a citisearch 8.9 rating and are happy to report that 3 fairly discerning eaters deemed it a 10!

We shared 3 appetizers among us -- pancake, spring rolls, fried tofu -- that we all loved. Two of us chose barbecued meat on sticks, one did a vegeterian noodle dish...again, 3 different thumbs-up. Finally, 2 different desserts -- cinnamon layer cake and coconut custard -- and plenty of flavorful jasmine tea completed our experience.

The wait staff was more than accommodating...the value was fantastic...we could not have been more pleased!

2
★★★★★

You almost can't go wrong on Ninth Avenue in my book...it's my favorite place to wander & read menus to make that all-important dinner decision.

That said, we are upstaters whose international dining choices are relegated to standard Indian, Thai, Greek, etc. Trips to Manhattan provide a great opportunity to eat around the world. We went here on the strength of a citisearch 8.9 rating and are happy to report that 3 fairly discerning eaters deemed it a 10!

We shared 3 appetizers among us -- pancake, spring rolls, fried tofu -- that we all loved. Two of us chose barbecued meat on sticks, one did a vegeterian noodle dish...again, 3 different thumbs-up. Finally, 2 different desserts -- cinnamon layer cake and coconut custard -- and plenty of flavorful jasmine tea completed our experience.

The wait staff was more than accommodating...the value was fantastic...we could not have been more pleased!

Pros: Food, food, food!, Price, price, price!

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If you like food to be carefully prepared, delectable with subtle and complex flavors; if you like your cucumbers elegantly sliced rather than coarsely chopped into giant chunks; if you like flavors that pay tribute to the uniquely original flavors of Indonesia, then DO NOT come to this place! Bali Nusa Indah is the Indonesian equivalent of cheap Chinese take-out. It's completely inauthentic, the food is inferior, and the chef doesn't pay any attention to subtleties of flavor. The Pempek Palambang I had was so atrocious that I almost sent it back, and the beef Rendang Daging tasted about as Indonesian as backyard barbeque. If you want excellently prepared, delicious, AUTHENTIC Indonesian cuisine go to Borobudur located on 4th St. between 1st & 2nd Avenue. I will never go back to this place again!

0
★☆☆☆☆

If you like food to be carefully prepared, delectable with subtle and complex flavors; if you like your cucumbers elegantly sliced rather than coarsely chopped into giant chunks; if you like flavors that pay tribute to the uniquely original flavors of Indonesia, then DO NOT come to this place! Bali Nusa Indah is the Indonesian equivalent of cheap Chinese take-out. It's completely inauthentic, the food is inferior, and the chef doesn't pay any attention to subtleties of flavor. The Pempek Palambang I had was so atrocious that I almost sent it back, and the beef Rendang Daging tasted about as Indonesian as backyard barbeque. If you want excellently prepared, delicious, AUTHENTIC Indonesian cuisine go to Borobudur located on 4th St. between 1st & 2nd Avenue. I will never go back to this place again!

Pros: spacious, location

Cons: food, inauthentic, service

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A friendly, little neighborhood place, Bali Nusa is low on atmosphere but BIG on food. The flavours are awesome, the staff cheerful and welcoming and the prices are pretty decent for the quantities of food that appear at your table. My favorite thing to do is go in there and order up a roti canai, java wings and a bakmi goreng. they do a pretty decent rendang pedang as well! Ooooh, I feel a craving coming on!

2
★★★★☆

A friendly, little neighborhood place, Bali Nusa is low on atmosphere but BIG on food. The flavours are awesome, the staff cheerful and welcoming and the prices are pretty decent for the quantities of food that appear at your table. My favorite thing to do is go in there and order up a roti canai, java wings and a bakmi goreng. they do a pretty decent rendang pedang as well! Ooooh, I feel a craving coming on!

Pros: food

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I went here with a group of 10 co-workers for a 12pm lunch. From the other reviews I was expecting to see a hole in the wall, but it was very clean, decorated with Indonesian artifacts and played soothing native music. We got served right away, waiters were attentive but not hovering over us.

First they brought out fried tofu with a dipping sauce which was very good. Then we ordered a little bit of everything from chicken to shrimp to red snapper (i think) and each piece of meat was delicious & fresh tasting, some of the sauces were spicy but not too bad. All their desserts focus on bananas and mango ice cream

The food is very affordable, place never got crowded consider we left at 2pm, I'm assuming it gets busier at night. So if you're looking for a cheap, BUT GOOD restaurant then you must visit.

2
★★★★☆

I went here with a group of 10 co-workers for a 12pm lunch. From the other reviews I was expecting to see a hole in the wall, but it was very clean, decorated with Indonesian artifacts and played soothing native music. We got served right away, waiters were attentive but not hovering over us.

First they brought out fried tofu with a dipping sauce which was very good. Then we ordered a little bit of everything from chicken to shrimp to red snapper (i think) and each piece of meat was delicious & fresh tasting, some of the sauces were spicy but not too bad. All their desserts focus on bananas and mango ice cream

The food is very affordable, place never got crowded consider we left at 2pm, I'm assuming it gets busier at night. So if you're looking for a cheap, BUT GOOD restaurant then you must visit.

Pros: inexpensive, attentive wait staff, Fresh meats

Cons: small restaurant, dessert menu

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It doesn't look like anything spl but the food and the value more than make up for it. I had the complete dinner for $18. Includes a salad and a big entree (meat or vegan) with multiple side dishes, beer or wine and desert. The food was fantastic, sort of a cross btwn Thai and Indian. Maybe one of the best deals in the city. If you don't care about ambience and want some great eats for $21 total this place rocks!

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★★★★★

It doesn't look like anything spl but the food and the value more than make up for it. I had the complete dinner for $18. Includes a salad and a big entree (meat or vegan) with multiple side dishes, beer or wine and desert. The food was fantastic, sort of a cross btwn Thai and Indian. Maybe one of the best deals in the city. If you don't care about ambience and want some great eats for $21 total this place rocks!

Pros: Value, quality

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Simply an excellent Indonesian restaurant with reasonable prices. Don't be put off by the simple decor, the food is every bit as good as the best Indonesian Restaurants in Amsterdam.....Service has always been unobtrusive but excellent and I've eaten here many times. Go for the Nasi Rames or the mixed specials to sample a range of their excellent dishes......One of my favorite restaurants in NYC and one I always bring visitors to!!

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★★★★★

Simply an excellent Indonesian restaurant with reasonable prices. Don't be put off by the simple decor, the food is every bit as good as the best Indonesian Restaurants in Amsterdam.....Service has always been unobtrusive but excellent and I've eaten here many times. Go for the Nasi Rames or the mixed specials to sample a range of their excellent dishes......One of my favorite restaurants in NYC and one I always bring visitors to!!

Pros: Food, Inexpensive, Service

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After trying most Malaysian restaurants in Manhattann and NJ, I thought I'd give Indonesian a try, after all I am one and am tired of my own cooking. Although the service was friendly, NOTHING was worth the trip and money. We ordered Fish in chili sauce, pepes tahu, chicken singgang, es teler, es cendol, sarikayo, sup buntut, and roti canai. It was a lot of food for two, but what the hell, thought we'd give it all a try before passing judgements. If you're familiar with Indonesian food, you'd know that most of the dishes mentioned above are supposed to be spicy. But all we could taste was sweetness, with no spice kick let alone chili heat. Boy I was so disappointed!!! Sorry... I won't be a regular. better off at Jaya in Chinatown or Penang in Prince St.

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★★☆☆☆

After trying most Malaysian restaurants in Manhattann and NJ, I thought I'd give Indonesian a try, after all I am one and am tired of my own cooking. Although the service was friendly, NOTHING was worth the trip and money. We ordered Fish in chili sauce, pepes tahu, chicken singgang, es teler, es cendol, sarikayo, sup buntut, and roti canai. It was a lot of food for two, but what the hell, thought we'd give it all a try before passing judgements. If you're familiar with Indonesian food, you'd know that most of the dishes mentioned above are supposed to be spicy. But all we could taste was sweetness, with no spice kick let alone chili heat. Boy I was so disappointed!!! Sorry... I won't be a regular. better off at Jaya in Chinatown or Penang in Prince St.

Pros: N/A

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This restaurant is below our apartment, but it took us a while to try it due to the dilapidated decor and scowls from the staff. We finally tasted a morsel at the Intl. street festival and decided to give it a try. I'm glad we did. The food is great (especially for vegetarians), but the service is horrendous. We've had the vegetarian special each time we've eaten there and I'm a huge fan. The corn fritters are especially good. But, I would never suggest taking a date there or going for a night out on the town. After leaving a 15% tip for a table of two, we were told to lay 20% down for a tip... somewhat sketchy.

1
★★★☆☆

This restaurant is below our apartment, but it took us a while to try it due to the dilapidated decor and scowls from the staff. We finally tasted a morsel at the Intl. street festival and decided to give it a try. I'm glad we did. The food is great (especially for vegetarians), but the service is horrendous. We've had the vegetarian special each time we've eaten there and I'm a huge fan. The corn fritters are especially good. But, I would never suggest taking a date there or going for a night out on the town. After leaving a 15% tip for a table of two, we were told to lay 20% down for a tip... somewhat sketchy.

Pros: Food, Vegetarian-friendly

Cons: , Little English spoken

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This place is like a bland Thai restaurant. The food was not spicy or flavorful enough and one dish we had with shrimp had an awful sweet sauce that was like something out of a jar in the supermarket. There are much better places for exotic Asian dishes.

1
★★★☆☆

This place is like a bland Thai restaurant. The food was not spicy or flavorful enough and one dish we had with shrimp had an awful sweet sauce that was like something out of a jar in the supermarket. There are much better places for exotic Asian dishes.

Cons: , Ambience

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Excellent food. Worth every cent you pay at this very affordable restaurant. Good ambience, very good service coupled with melodious exotic music that will jumpstart your dining experience. If you are not familiar with Indonesian food go for the "thali". Its like a platter which allows you to taste a bit of everything. It cost 17$ and it comes with wine and desert. There's a thali for veg and non veg category.

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★★★★★

Excellent food. Worth every cent you pay at this very affordable restaurant. Good ambience, very good service coupled with melodious exotic music that will jumpstart your dining experience. If you are not familiar with Indonesian food go for the "thali". Its like a platter which allows you to taste a bit of everything. It cost 17$ and it comes with wine and desert. There's a thali for veg and non veg category.

Pros: excellent foof, good ambience, friendly service

Cons: language problem

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this place is definitely a bargain. the ambiance is nice but not fancy. the service is super attentive and very friendly. and the prices are considerably cheap considering how good the food is. i particularly recommend the fish -- the snapper is quite delicious! and yes, the house wine is also surprisingly drinkable for the price.

2
★★★★★

this place is definitely a bargain. the ambiance is nice but not fancy. the service is super attentive and very friendly. and the prices are considerably cheap considering how good the food is. i particularly recommend the fish -- the snapper is quite delicious! and yes, the house wine is also surprisingly drinkable for the price.

Cons: inexpensive, delicious, good service

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So, this meal was exceptionally yummy and light. The portions were just the right size so I was just the right amount of full when I finished the meal.

The house wine is better than most, which was a pleasant surprise. The staff is exceptionally attentive and nice - lots of smiles and instantly refilled water glasses. I'd definitely suggest this place!

2
★★★★☆

So, this meal was exceptionally yummy and light. The portions were just the right size so I was just the right amount of full when I finished the meal.

The house wine is better than most, which was a pleasant surprise. The staff is exceptionally attentive and nice - lots of smiles and instantly refilled water glasses. I'd definitely suggest this place!

Pros: price, attentive staff, portion size

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This little gem has been on 9th Ave. before it became trendy. Started on a shoestring, it has consistently served great food (try the tasting menu!) at a decent price. When out of towners visit me in Hell's Kitchen, Bali Nusa Inda is the first neighborhood restaurant I recommend.

2
★★★★☆

This little gem has been on 9th Ave. before it became trendy. Started on a shoestring, it has consistently served great food (try the tasting menu!) at a decent price. When out of towners visit me in Hell's Kitchen, Bali Nusa Inda is the first neighborhood restaurant I recommend.

Pros: good food, great prices, friendly servers

Cons: small/cramped, can take time

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Gentle, efficient service, hearty fare, and lots of dishes with ingredients I love, such as spicy peanut sauce and tofu, which I appreciate as a vegetarian. No alcohol is served, but I bet they would let you bring your own.

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★★★★☆

Gentle, efficient service, hearty fare, and lots of dishes with ingredients I love, such as spicy peanut sauce and tofu, which I appreciate as a vegetarian. No alcohol is served, but I bet they would let you bring your own.

Pros: Vegetarian-friendly, Pleasant service, Good prices

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You don't really find many Indonesian restaurants, and this is a really good one. The people are friendly, and the food is delicious -- pretty big portions too. Try the traditional nasi goreng (fried rice), which is full of vegatables, shrimp and chicken.

2
★★★★☆

You don't really find many Indonesian restaurants, and this is a really good one. The people are friendly, and the food is delicious -- pretty big portions too. Try the traditional nasi goreng (fried rice), which is full of vegatables, shrimp and chicken.

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Great food and very affordable! We had the shrimp corn fritters and stuffed squid to start and then had the lamb curry and stir-fried shrimp with mixed veggies. The last dish was average but the rest were outstanding!

2
★★★★★

Great food and very affordable! We had the shrimp corn fritters and stuffed squid to start and then had the lamb curry and stir-fried shrimp with mixed veggies. The last dish was average but the rest were outstanding!

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Tried their beef satay during the International Food Street Fair and was hooked. Nicely barbequed beef with a great peanut satay sauce. Went back for dinner and tried a sampler - which was okay. Went back another time and tried numerous appetizers - all which were very good. Will be going back again to try some of the main dishes.

2
★★★★☆

Tried their beef satay during the International Food Street Fair and was hooked. Nicely barbequed beef with a great peanut satay sauce. Went back for dinner and tried a sampler - which was okay. Went back another time and tried numerous appetizers - all which were very good. Will be going back again to try some of the main dishes.

Pros: inexpensive, flavorful food

Cons: not much ambience

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Indonesian restaurants are not as common as Chinese and Thai in Manhattan, but here's a pleasant little spot near the theater district for sampling this exotic cuisine. Once you try it, you may just join the legion of regulars who flock…

 

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