After years of being a hidden gem, Filipino cuisine is finally making its way to mainstream America. Well, I can’t deny that much credit should also be given to Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern. These two amazing and adventurous chefs through their shows have educated the foodie world that Pinoy food is not just all about the Balut.
If you are curious or just missing some good Filipino cooking, the Philippine Consulate General of New York and some Filipino restaurants in the NY and NJ area have joined forces to bring you the first ever Filipino Restaurant Week/s. The event which started last May 11 and will end on May 23 aims to give foodies in the NY-NJ area an opportunity to try a full meal at a discounted price.
The participating restaurants will offer a selection of Lunch meals (which includes an appetizer or specialty drink, entree and dessert) for just $25. While Dinner meals will start at $35.
Honestly, of the thirteen featured restaurants in this event, I have only been to Max’s Restaurant in Jersey City. My family has been there several times and their Chicken Sisig (which is included in their Lunch Menu) is big crowd pleaser.
Anyway, here’s the full list of restaurants participating at this year’s Flipino Restaurant Week:
- Grill 21 Philippine Cuisine 346 E 21st St. New York, NY 10010 (212)473-5950
- Jeepney 210 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003 (212)533-4121
- Kuma Inn 113 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002 (212)353-8866
- Ugly Kitchen 103 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003 (212)777-6677
- Maharlika 111 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003 (646)392-7880
- Purple Yam 1314 Cortelou Rd. Brooklyn, NY 11226 (718)940-8188
- Umi Nom 433 Dekalb Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205 (718)789-8806
Staten Island, NY
- Phil-Am Kusina 556 Tompkins Ave. Staten Island, NY 10305
- Tito Rad’s Restaurant 49-10 Queens Blvd. Woodside, NY 11377
- Payag Restaurant 51-34 Roosevelt Ave. Woodside, NY 11377 (347)935-3192
- House of Inasal 65-14 Roosevelt Ave. Woodside, NY 11377 (718)429-0709
Jersey City, NJ
- Max’s Restaurant 687 Newark Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07306 (201)798-2700
- Talde 8 Erie St. Jersey City, NJ 07302 (201)360-0077
Just a quick note, make sure to call the restaurants and get a reservation. Filipinos tend to eat out in groups. Also, if you like to check what dishes each establishment is offering, here’s the link.
Are you supporting the Filipino Restaurant week? I would love to hear where you ate and your experience.
Kain na! (Let’s eat!)