Epic family-style parties, a casual place to eat, and more places to savor the Philippines. PAPA'S KITCHEN Woodside is still the neighborhood where you can choose between Filipino restaurants. There are bakeries, places for barbecues and fast food chains. But the only one I've found that feels like eating in someone's living room is Papa's Kitchen.
And if that's not intimate enough, get ready to sing karaoke while you're served dishes like the rich peanut butter-based beef stew called Kare Kare or one of the many Filipino noodle dishes known as pancit. The best thing is to come with some friends, order the large format basket banquet Salu-Salo Sa Bilao and eat (and to the belt) with all your heart. Also, don't sleep during brunch, as you can try ukoy, an addictive vegetable and shrimp fritter, and bacon (sugar-cured Filipino bacon). There's also now a second Purple Yam branch inside the owner's childhood home in Manila (yes, the real Manila).
LUMPIA SHACK What began as a Vendy Award-winning stall in Smorgasburg that offered a variety of lumpia (Filipino spring rolls) has expanded into a fast-casual takeout spot with bowls, burgers and snacks. The house specialty is still golden pork or mushroom cigars, but you can also participate in the trend of rice bowls with unique ingredients such as fish pudding, sisig, pork belly or pancit noodles. The bowls come with a sauce to choose from (opt for marinade or spicy coconut bicol) and some spicy and spicy dressings. Top it off with Filipino poutine and some acidic and refreshing calamansi juice, also known as Philippine lemonade.
The restaurant is the first entry of Filipino food into the vast state, located on the high plains of its capital. Jacksonville is the state's most populous city, and Hernandez has his sights set on making his refined version of his favorite Filipino dishes part of the city's tapestry. Gothamist is a website about New York City news, art, events and food, presented by New York Public Radio. Joel's Asian Grill %26 sushi bar in Mooresville, North Carolina, offers a variety of Asian dishes, but what keeps Filipino families returning is a full menu dedicated to Pinoy food.
Woodside has been home to Filipinos in New York for the past century, and more than half of the city's Filipino population resides in the district. Max's restaurant, which competes with nearby Jollibee's for chicken supremacy, prepares one of the best roasted chickens in Jersey City. While a shortage of nurses and medical education drew young Filipinos here, the real appeal of New York was the abundance of opportunities. Mama Fina's, an offshoot of a restaurant of the same name in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, has informal counter service.
Proselytizing Filipino food in Salt Lake City is easy for chef Benjamin Pierce, because many of his new and returning guests from the world-famous Yum Yum food truck have already eagerly converted to cooking, having spent time as missionaries in the Philippines. This spring, Estrelita also hosted the first annual Atlanta Filipino Festival, where other new concepts tested and built their restaurant dreams. The owner Emma Dizon (whose parents run the iconic Renee's Kitchenette in Little Manila, New York, in Woodside, Queens) runs this popular restaurant with classic dishes such as inihaw na pampano (whole grilled fish wrapped in banana leaves) and oxtail kare-kare (tender oxtail in a rich peanut stew with vegetables). Philippine Independence Day, which marks the Philippine declaration of independence from Spain in 1898, was even greater for Filipinos in New York City this year.
And while Jersey City has a concentration of Filipino restaurants and bakeries in two different regions, East Village also has several establishments. Not long ago, Filipino food in New York City meant going to Little Manila on Woodside or (for God's sake) crossing the river to Jersey City. Brian Hoffman searches for iconic New York dishes and makes funny videos about food on his Eat This NY site. There are very few secrets left in New York City when it comes to drinking and eating out, but there are still a few secluded places that seem like a secret.