The Facts
NAME: MáLà Project
IT'S: A Chinese restaurant in Bryant Park

11-02-2018

OPENED: February 11th, 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Restaurateur Amelie Ning Zhang and chef Zilong Zhao
DID YOU KNOW: The word 'mala' comes from a combination of the Chinese characters for 'numbing' and 'spicy'
LOCATION: Midtown
ADDRESS: 41 West 46th Street, NY 10036
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 47–50 Streets – Rockefeller Center
OPENING TIMES: Monday–Sunday 11am–4pm, 5pm–10pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: Phone: 917 261 7520
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram
RESERVATIONS: Yes

MáLà Project

OPENED906 DAYS AGO

Chinese dry pot restaurant MáLà Project has now opened in Midtown.

It’s the second location from owner Amelie Ning Zhang and chef Zilong Zhao, after the original East Village location opened in 2015.

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The Spot:

The new 74-seat space is calm and welcoming, with exposed brick, grey walls and lighting from wall-mounted lamps and fairy lights. The décor is sparse but pretty – brass-framed mirrors on the walls and floral accents. The tables are marble, with one long wooden one for group dining, with blue banquettes. We’re also fans of the bright red exterior.

The Food:

This location is catering for the Midtown office crew, with a special lunch menu of bowls including Beef Please (beef tripe, lotus root, broccoli and tofu skin), Fish Lover (fish fillet, broccoli, wood ear and bean curd sheet) and The Classic (sliced beef, potato, cauliflower, mushroom and five-spice tofu). Our favorite name is Chicken Over Things, which contains chicken thigh, baby bamboo shoot, wakame and shiitake mushrooms.

The dinner menu has a more communal vibe, where guests choose a number of dishes to share (the restaurant recommends 8–10 items for two people and 12+ for over four, but remember you can eat anything if you believe in yourself). Meat options include beef tongue, pork belly, the adorably-named funsize sausage; veggies include bok choy and a variety of mushrooms and sprouts; and there are poultry and seafood selections as well. These are wok-fried and served with the restaurant’s mix of 24 spices and Chinese medicines – you can choose how hot you want it, from non-spicy to super-spicy for the brave.

The Drinks:

There’s a wide range of tea flavors here, including Chinese jasmine, lychee black tea, milk tea and green tea, as well as plum juice and rose lemonade. You can also get lemon-infused sparkling water, which sounds like it might be the most refreshing drink in the world.

The Damage:

Individual dishes on the dry pot menu are around $4–8, with the lunch bowls $11–13 and drinks at $3.50–4.

In a Nutshell:

The original location in the East Village has been praised for the depth of its flavors and the DIY aspect of the menu, and we’re pleased to see this carried on into the new location, with the very welcome addition of lunch bowls (we don’t always want to share lunch with Steve from Finance, ok?).

The Facts
NAME: MáLà Project
IT'S: A Chinese restaurant in Bryant Park

11-02-2018

OPENED: February 11th, 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Restaurateur Amelie Ning Zhang and chef Zilong Zhao
DID YOU KNOW: The word 'mala' comes from a combination of the Chinese characters for 'numbing' and 'spicy'
LOCATION: Midtown
ADDRESS: 41 West 46th Street, NY 10036
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 47–50 Streets – Rockefeller Center
OPENING TIMES: Monday–Sunday 11am–4pm, 5pm–10pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: Phone: 917 261 7520
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram
RESERVATIONS: Yes

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