Kopitiam

New York, NY

151 E Broadway, New York 10002, NY
Located in the Lower East Side of New York City, Kopitiam is a fast casual eatery home to Nyonya cuisine. At Kopitiam, coffee shop in Hokkien, we serve as a daily gathering space introducing visitors to Nyonya cuisine, primarily a hybrid of Chinese and Malay flavors drawing ingredients and techniques from both cultures along with sprinkles of influences from the Portuguese, Dutch, and the British. The goal of chef/co-owner and James Beard Semifinalist Kyo Pang, a third generation Nyonya, and co-owner/operator, restauranteur Moonlynn Tsai is to continually carrying forward Pang’s family's recipes in New York City and preserve the fading tradition in cooking dishes the way her ancestors did. No additives or artificial coloring are used, instead, hues are made fresh by sourcing ingredients directly from Malaysia or nearby markets.
151 E Broadway, New York 10002, NY
Kopitiam, Restaurants, Interior Design
Kopitiam, Restaurants, Interior Design
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Located in the Lower East Side of New York City, Kopitiam is a fast casual eatery home to Nyonya cuisine. At Kopitiam, coffee shop in Hokkien, we serve as a daily gathering space introducing visitors to Nyonya cuisine, primarily a hybrid of Chinese and Malay flavors drawing ingredients and techniques from both cultures along with sprinkles of influences from the Portuguese, Dutch, and the British. The goal of chef/co-owner and James Beard Semifinalist Kyo Pang, a third generation Nyonya, and co-owner/operator, restauranteur Moonlynn Tsai is to continually carrying forward Pang’s family's recipes in New York City and preserve the fading tradition in cooking dishes the way her ancestors did. No additives or artificial coloring are used, instead, hues are made fresh by sourcing ingredients directly from Malaysia or nearby markets.

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How does the design of your space (or an element of the design) impact the experiences people have there?

"Malaysian cuisine is extremely underrepresented. We wanted to create a space where a guest who may have grown up in Malaysia can come over and feel the familiarity of home. We did that by sourcing a lot of our pieces directly from Malaysia (our bowls, cups and saucers) and decorative elements. Also, flora and fauna is abundant in Malaysia so we incorporated a lot of that as well"
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What is the interior design style of your space?

"We're a quirky colorful cafe with a lot of personality. We were very intentional about creating and incorporating pieces that would feel lighthearted and intentional"
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What Custom/Original Element do your guests notice most often? What do they say about it?

"Guests love our custom made communal table. It was a piece that Kopitiams Owners Kyo Pang and Moonlynn Tsai created together before the shop opened. The blue paint against the wood brings out a lot of personality and warmth"
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What was the biggest source of inspiration?

"The vibrant streets and Kopitiams all over Malaysia."
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Who did you love working with on this space? Any memorable moments or unique craftsmen?

"The space was created with a lot of heart between Kyo and Moonlynn. Being a first restaurant and limited budget, there was a lot of DIY involved with exudes to guest who visit."
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