When Amy Pryke first arrived in New York Metropolis in 2011, she had zero plans to open a restaurant. Born and raised in Singapore, Pryke got here right here to check at NYU, which she appreciated nicely sufficient (she nonetheless lives within the East Village), however a subsequent, deeply unfulfilling foray into the world of company finance compelled her to rethink the whole lot. And, fortunately for us, Pryke’s massive life pivot turned out to contain quite a lot of actually good noodles.
Lacking the flavors of residence, Pryke began cooking severely throughout faculty, and slowly realized that she may make a life out of making ready and sharing the meals that she loves. After studying the restaurant ropes at Day by day Provisions, and a profitable run on the Queens Evening Market in 2019 (the place she additionally met her kitchen companion Josh Medina of the Makana Hawaiin BBQ mini-chain), Native Noodles, a brand new counter-service restaurant in Washington Heights, was born.
Positioned on Amsterdam Avenue a few blocks from the more and more sprawling Columbia Presbyterian complicated, Native Noodles is a no-frills spot with an interesting menu of Singaporean favorites, up to date a bit for the mostly-takeout sport. Singaporean Chili Crab, for instance, is often a saucy, shell-y mess of a dish, so Pryke makes hers in dip format, served with 4 fantastic little buns (heat and comfortable on the within, with a slightly-sweet crispy crust), or stirred round an enormous plate of fettuccine. Both approach, it’s completely scrumptious.
The Laska at Native Noodles, which the menu calls “our signature dish,” has additionally been made extra delivery-friendly. As an alternative of the same old soup, Pryke’s model goes broth-less—however don’t be concerned, the dish remains to be loaded with taste because of some fiery coconut curry, which mingles nicely with the fats and slippery rice noodles, the crisp, cool greens, the mushy fish muffins, and the lineup of completely cooked shrimps.
One other massive winner right here is the Wonton Dumpling noodle platter, that includes a pile of thin egg noodles and meaty fried wontons in a soy-based sauce, plus some bok choy and, for a small supplementary value, an entire bunch of first-rate honey roasted pork, which packs a shocking kick. You may also get that very same pork served over garlic rice. There are some vegetarian choices right here as nicely, together with a Satay Peanut quantity with thick egg noodles, and Pryke’s Singapore Noodles, that are wok-fried.
Two different dishes sound intriguing: the Roti John Sandwich, a baguette filled with omelette, floor beef, and “spicy ketchup;” and the Popcorn Hen, which makes use of the crunchy cereal butter coating that, in Singapore, you’ll discover on fried prawns. Desserts proper now are a Pandan Panna Cotta, and a pair of heat and fluffy waffles served with coconut dipping sauce.
Pryke remains to be ready for her allow to put in an outside signal, so if you happen to’re swinging by for a chunk preserve your eyes peeled for these white paneled home windows simply south of 166th Road. Inside you may discover a few stools at a counter searching the entrance window, and outside diners must take their meal to close by Highbridge Park.
Do not mistake the work-in-progress ambiance with an absence of affection within the kitchen, although. The meals at Native Noodles is nice, Pryke sourced all of her recipes from native cooks on journeys again residence to Singapore, and the flavour combos, with their roots in Malaysian, Indian, and Chinese language traditions, are putting sufficient to warrant a number of visits and cravings thereafter. As Pryke says, “There actually aren’t many different modern Singaporean eating places within the metropolis, particularly in Manhattan. It makes me proud to serve the meals of my nation right here.”
Native Noodles is situated at 2129 Amsterdam Avenue, between 166th and one hundred and sixty fifth Streets, and is presently open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. day by day (646-370-6290; nativenoodles.com)