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Best lumpia/Filipino market?

lifeofpie Oct 31, 2006 12:47 AM

I'm so sad: My favorite Filipino grocer on 14th & 1st closed, and I have no idea where to order lumpia for a dinner party I'm having. Any suggestions?

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    scarfer Oct 31, 2006 03:51 PM

    The only other Filipino market I know of in the area is in Woodside across the street from Ihawan. Or why not call Elvie's or Krystal's in the City to see if they know where you can buy some lumpia (if not from them). Good luck.

    1. Uptownflavor Oct 31, 2006 04:26 PM

      I heard they have some great Filipino restaurants in Queens. Do a quick google search. Also, lumpia are pretty easy to make. Have you considered wrapping them yourself??? There are plenty of recipes online. The best way is make a party out of rolling the lumpia.

      1. wleatherette Oct 31, 2006 05:44 PM

        try krystal's on 1st ave & 11th.

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          bobby06877 Oct 31, 2006 05:53 PM

          My wife loves a newer Philippine restaurant called Bayan Cafe on 45th street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. She is Filipino and has been to all the places in the city, Krystals, Elvies, Cendrillon, etc. and she swears it is the closest to home she has had. I don't know if that helps you since I am not sure if you are looking for a restaurant that does large takeout or a grocer. It is a tiny place so a large part of the business is take out and I believe they have a ctering menu but I am not sure.

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            RCC Dec 6, 2006 06:11 AM

            We were excited about Bayan Cafe when we first heard about it and went there (or had food delivered) during the first few weeks of its existence. After a few tries, we gave up on it as we found the dishes un-exciting, bland and doesn't seem to have that fresher ingredient taste that, say, Krystals or Elvies produces. The dishes taste like most of the meat and fish used were previously frozen. Although we live close to the area, we'd rather trek to 11th Street and 1st Ave. area (Krystals or Elvies) or even all the way to Queens for our Filipino food fix.

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            lifeofpie Oct 31, 2006 06:53 PM

            wow, thanks everyone! i think i'll try bayan cafe. let you know how it goes!

            1. krystle920 Dec 5, 2006 07:08 PM

              i agree - bayan cafe has great lumpia shanghai. try their beef steak too.

              1. nyufoodie Dec 5, 2006 10:52 PM

                elvie's has good lumpia shanghai. she has a separate party menu that you can peruse and you can just pre-order for pick-up. aside from the lumpia, you shld also check-out her pansit bihon and beef kaldereta...always a party best seller!

                bayan cafe and grill 21 are relatively new places. i like the food in the newer grill 21 a tad better and everything there is cooked to order too...thus, fresher.

                you can buy frozen lumpia at the filipino market for less than 4 bucks a lb. the market is located at the corner of 70th St. and Roosevelt Ave....take the 7 to the 69th St., Fisk Ave. Stop and grab some yummy bbq across at Ihawan while your there.

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                  skeetereats Dec 6, 2006 04:03 AM

                  I totally second Grill 21.
                  Went there a few weeks ago for the first time...ordered their lumpia and it was just as I had hoped it would be. Crispy...meaty...flavorful.

                  And I love that the patrons were mostly filipino! That's how I can always tell it's a good "find".
                  Yeah, and don't leave there w/o their crispy pata!

                  I believe it's on 21st and 1st Ave.

                  1. nyufoodie Dec 7, 2006 05:52 AM

                    Yes, Grill 21 is on 21st between 1st and 2nd Ave. A copy of the menu is up on menupages.com. They have 6 dollars lunch special for those who either work or live nearby. It's a really small place though maybe 5 to 6 tables. But, everything is made to order. Not a steam table service kinda place which is a welcomed change. I would say the food is better there than Krystal's,Bayan Cafe and dragon fly...and at par with Elvie's which I still think is the best among the steam table Filipino restos. The ventilation is good there too...you do not leave the place carrying the smell of the sofrito used. It's a good option for Filipinos who want to introduce there friends to Filipino cuisine as the place is small but nice and the prices are certainly wallet friendly. For a more fine dining experience there's always cendrillon.

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                    1. re: nyufoodie
                      designerboy01 Dec 7, 2006 06:00 AM

                      Anyone here know about the filipino restaurants in Jersey City, Manila Avenue?

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                        mdg50 Jan 10, 2007 07:09 PM

                        Just moved to jersey city and am going to try out some of the restaurants in "little manila"....here's a list i found:


                        also, a Red Ribbon (pastry shop based on the west coast) opened up in JC as well

                        will post on how it turns out

                        The only one in nyc that i've been to is Cendrillon. Though I thought the food was ok overall, the food seemed to lack flavor. The adobo was especially bland and the lumpia was incredibly disappointing.

                    2. cpnkt Mar 9, 2007 06:57 AM

                      elvie's and krystal's aren't good at all. bootleg dishes, suboptimal i supposed. but i'm definitely willing to try the bayan cafe. if at least there's a chef in the kitchen, rather than just a cook, i bet we'd taste some mind blowing filipino dishes.

                      1. cpnkt Mar 9, 2007 08:07 AM

                        elvie's or krystal's doesn't have any fresh ingridents on their dishes. i've seen it :-) and definitely not coming back, except for summer HALO HALO :-P

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                          gaijingirl Mar 9, 2007 04:55 PM

                          There's also a small Filipino market in my neighborhood - in Moshulu, Bronx... It's called Filipino Foods. Not a *great* selection, but decent. And it has Ube Halaya.

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