photo credit: Will Hartman
The bright neon signage and wafting smells of meat draws diners to Smokin’ Joe like moths to a flame. A stall in the Urban Hawker food hall in Midtown, this Singapore import specializes in Hainanese curries and fried cutlets. Their golden curry brims with warm spices; it’s savory, funky, and so craveable we’d happily eat it straight up with steamed rice. But you should get it with the juicy grilled chicken thighs and braised cabbage, which soak up the curry like a flavor sponge. They also do fried chicken and fish cutlets, as well as fries and a vegan cutlet.