The spicy-meets-comforting flavors of Singapore have finally come uptown.
A new spot called Native Noodles just opened in an unassuming storefront at 2129 Amsterdam Ave by W 166th Street, just a block up from Word Up Bookshop.
The menu—currently takeout and delivery only—is small but filled with classic Singaporean noodle dishes and other street food known for its mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences.
Included is a "dry" (no broth) version of laksa featuring rice noodles with a spicy shrimp curry. Deep-fried or boiled wonton dumplings can be ordered as a snack or a main.
Owner Amy Pryke, a native of Singapore, first launched the business as a popular food stand at the open-air Queens Night Market in 2019.
She decided to open her first brick and mortar restaurant in Washington Heights after a friend with a business in the neighborhood made the suggestion.
As she wrote on Instagram, "It’s so important to us to bring something unique and additive to our community in Washington Heights and the amazing NYC food scene."