9. Red Noodle Bowl Shop
If a bowl of piping hot noodles sounds like an ideal meal at 4am in the morning, then head to Red Noodle Bowl Shop on 40-52 Main Street in Flushing, Queens. Even if you haven’t had the chance to step inside the restaurant while strolling through the streets of the neighborhood, you’ve undoubtably noticed the giant red bowl that once sat perched on top of it. It served as a iconic symbol of the area since 1997, and was said to be visible to planes landing at LaGuardia Airport.
Headed by Ollie’s Restaurant group, which operates several affordable Chinese outposts around the city, Red Bowl is a Cantonese-style noodle shop that serves over 200 menu items. Unsurprisingly, you’ll find a wide variety of noodle soups on the menu, but the congee and hot pot are definitely sound options. A window in the front also sells roasted duck, Taiwanese sausages and other take out items if you ever find yourself in a rush.