It’s Satay-Day! Are you looking for the best Singaporean restaurants in NYC? If so, then you have to dine at Laut Singapura, the sister restaurant of Laut, a Michelin-starred Thai restaurant in Union Square. The decor is just as vibrant and colorful as the delicious Hawker fare (street food) and yummy cocktails. We are excited to share our dinner at Laut Singapura, one of the best Singaporean restaurants in NYC.
What is Singaporean Food?
Sending you laksa love. Have you ever had Singaporean food? We are native New Yorkers, and we’ve dined at hundreds of NYC restaurants, including several Asian ones. However, we’ve never had Singaporean food until today. Singaporean food is a melting pot of Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Thailand and India. Singapore is also known for its laksa, rice, roti and chili crab.
Best Singaporean Restaurants in NYC: Laut Singapora
Tis the sea-son. Laut Singapura by Chef Salil Mehta is located in Gramercy, just steps away from the Flatiron Building on 20th Ave between Broadway and Park Avenue. Laut translates to Sea in Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language). The seas off of the coast of Singapore played a prominent role in Singapore’s history and culture, navigating traders and travelers from all over the world. The restaurant is open for lunch from 12PM to 3:30PM on Monday to Friday and for dinner from 5PM to 10PM on Monday to Thursday, 5:30PM to 10:30PM on Fridays and 1PM to 10:30PM on Saturdays and 1PM to 9:30PM.
Best Singaporean Restaurants in NYC: What to Order to Drink?
Tropic like it’s hot. If you like tropical cocktails, then you will enjoy the cocktails at Singapora. We started with the Tiki-LAH, the Archipel and the Island at the End. Our favorite was the Tiki-Lah. This stunning blue cocktail is made with tequila, macerated durian, blue curaçao, peaches and pineapple. All of the cocktails had great presentation, but the Archipel has the best glass. The Archipel is made with mezcal, Sochu, pineapple, apple vinegar, pomegranate and Thai chili and served in a peacock glass on fire. The Island at the End is made with Havana Club, Leblon, coconut, hibiscus and pineapple.
Best Singaporean Restaurants in NYC: What to Order for Dinner?
I’m coconuts about this. The Singapura menu elevates the food of traditional Singaporean street hawkers and combines it with a chic, colorful dining experience. The typical collection of street vendors and stalls are replaced by a colorful mural, elegant velvet upholstery, marble tables and vintage touches. We started with the Roti Prata, a savory pancake served with a coconut milk curry potato dipping sauce. Roti is common in Malaysian, Singaporean and Indian food. This was our favorite dish of the evening, so definitely start with the Roti Prata.
Are you squidding me? We also started with the Calamari Singapura, which is battered in pepper, rice krispies, garlic, five spice, bell pepper and sambal. We’ve had a lot of calamari in the city, but this calamari had a delicious, unique flavor profile.
Rice to meet you. For mains we ordered the Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore-Style Char Kway Teow and the Sambal Belachan with Petai. Our favorite was the Singapore-Style Char Kway Teow, which are Dragons breath flat rice noodles in dark soy sauce, chili, bean sprouts and chives. We ordered this noodle dish with chicken. If you like a milder dish, go with the Hainanese Chicken Rice, which is a poached chicken served with rice steeped in chicken stock, soy, ginger and chili. The Sambal Belachan with Petai is quite flavorful and made with bell peppers, okra and eggplant. We ordered it with chicken.
Love at first bite. For dessert, we ordered the Roti Tisu, a caramelized roti tower with condensed milk, homemade kaya jam dipping sauce.
The next time you are in the Gramercy / Flatiron neighborhood, head over to Laut Singapura. Laut Singapura is one of the best Singaporean restaurants in NYC. The colorful food, drinks and decor are perfect for date or group dinner. You can also check out our Outdoor Dining and Indoor Dining for more recommendations.
I wanted to cater to the Gramercy neighborhood and have a beautiful setting, a place where you’d want to enjoy a bottle of wine… Most restaurants with food from Singapore and Malaysia don’t have that.Chef Salil Mehta