Malaysian Cafe ‘Kopitiam’ Opens this Week on Canal Street
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The block of Canal Street between Orchard and Ludlow is seeing lots of commercial transition of late. Dimes and Pies n Thighs both debuted this year, and Alexander Olch is rumored to be moving the tie business here. Now, it’s the former One Star Fashion boutique at 51B Canal that’s changing over.
The newcomer is a veteran of the local foodie market scene (i.e. Hester Street Fair); a minuscule food counter called Kopitiam, self-proclaimed “traditional Malaysian coffee house.” There is space for a few patrons and tables, but that’s about it. Menu includes a host of sweet and savory treats (some served on select days), such as Kaya Butter Toast, Malaysin Seafood Spring Rolls, sticky rice, and coconut cake. Tea, coffee, and fresh juices are also available.
We are told that Kopitiam will open its doors later this week.
It’s worth noting that the cafe is next door to the onetime Overseas Taste Restaurant, a likeminded Malaysian outpost. Now that address is home to Dimes.