One of the funnier sights of New York for me when I was working there was Allen Street on the Lower East Side, where, right at one end of the street of restaurant supplies, the Singaporean restaurant Sentosa stood near the Malaysian restaurant Proton Saga. If you're not from either country, that might not be funny, but it's hard to think of two names that are more immediately recognisable as belonging to the respective countries. Plus, besides the amusing naming, the places had great food - tucked away at one end of the LES, they seemed to attract smaller crowds than, say, Penang or Nyonya, but more hardcore diners.
Sadly, Sentosa moved out to Flushing a while back (I wouldn't be surprised if it was even better now), and now the Village Voice informs me that Proton Saga has been replaced by a restaurant called Skyway, whose name, while still based on a Malaysian icon (it's the tram that leads to Genting), doesn't quite carry the kick of "Proton Saga" in my opinion. But for those of you homesick Singaporeans and/or Malaysians in the city, it still sounds worth a go.
tcsd: Never driven it, so I can't comment.
amy: I once ate at a stall in Malaysia that was called "Kampung Burger", kind of like a Ramly Burger knock-off. Except this stall had kangaroo and ostrich meat on the menu. I was like, what kind of freaky kampung did you grow up in?
Now it's become a bit of a running gag: Gee, I guess the food must taste like burnt rubber and charred upholstery, with pieces of the rims for texture, huh? ;)
Either way, we were never too impressed with the food there. Never got a chance to try Sentosa, unfortunately. And Taste Good 2's moved away, more's the pity. Ah well. I'll survive.
mich - I thought Proton Saga was decent. Sentosa was excellent. In any case, you really should make your way out to Flushing sometime, the food's excellent.
(Random story: I passed by a supermarket in Flushing, and noticed one of those flyers on the supermarket bulletin board was actually written in Bahasa Indonesia! Someone looking for a roommate. I guess that shows how diverse NYC gets.)
i haven't been there in a while, but i think sentosa's still around. or some other singaporean restaurants. i always salivate at its big poster display of black pepper crabs.