A fun, Southeast Asian noodle joint with a kitschy, tropical design and Tikki-style cocktails. Following mixed reviews when they first opened, the owners switched up the design making it slightly more tasteful and paying more attention to the food. Oddball dishes still remain like Mapo Tofu Chili Cheese Fries (pork chili, tofu, cheese and scallions) and Spam Fried Rice but more standard fare like a Whole Fried Fish and Green Curry Noodles are also in the mix. A fun place to take a group for a tasty, low-key meal.
After two years in Bushwick, the owners of King Noodles decided it was to time to revamp their restaurant in 2015. The swirly, psychedelic interior was swapped out for wood paneling and upholstered booths, though the disco ball and mirrored wall remain, giving the place a quirky ’80s-basement vibe. Menu-wise, the kitchen has shed its kitschy touches — so long, Doritos-topped kimchee carbonara — and taken on a more straightforward Southeast Asian focus, with gentler prices and bigger entrée portions.
King Noodle’s MO is all about hyper-Americanized Chinese food, while combining unique ingredients to develop delicious and slightly avant-garde eats. Leave it to the crew that gave us Dorito kimchee carbonara to come up with mapo tofu chili cheese fries, which feature mouth-tingling Szechuan peppercorns, tofu, scallions, and good ol’ American cheese.