Initially born out of a successful 2019 run as a vendor at the Queens Night Market and owned by Amy Pryke, Singaporean cuisine shines here. After some pandemic-fueled delays, Native Noodles now has their own brick-and-mortar restaurant in Washington Heights and we easily consider it one of the best new restaurants in NYC. In partnership with executive chef Joseph Medina (co-owner of Hawaiian restaurant, Makana), signature dishes include Laksa Noodles (slow-cooked coconut and shrimp curry, thick rice noodles, bean sprouts, crispy onions); Pork & Shrimp Wontons; and the creamy Satay Peanut Noodles. One of the best sellers is a not-so-easily-found-in-NYC item called the Roti John Sandwich, which is egg, ground beef, caramelized onions, and spicy ketchup on a toasted hero. On the dessert program there’s Fluffy Pandan Waffles, Mango Pudding, and Milo (a chocolate malt drink served over ice).