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Nov 2, 2009 03:13 PM

Filipino Restaurant/Bar for Pacquiao Fight?

I understand there to be a number of Filipino restaurants in Woodside, but I sadly haven't been to any yet. Are any of these the type of place that would have TVs and show the Pacquiao fight on Nov. 14th? Or do any of them have both exceptional food in close proximity to a Pinoy bar we could go to after dinner?

Bars with cover bands or food are a plus. I don't want to be forced to a Puerto Rican bar to watch this. Thanks!

Woodside Cafe
60-06 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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  1. Perlas ng Silangan is exactly what you're looking for. Unfortunately it's been closed for renovations for months. The other Filipino restaurants in the 69th Street area are all family style places that close relatively early. There's a bar on Roosevelt between 69th and 70th that might be a mixed Filipino-Mexican bar, but I haven't been in. Sorry.
    PS - Perlas is nowhere near where the google map says it is on the map on the right.

    Perlas ng Silangan
    69-09 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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    1. re: el jefe

      How about TIto Rad's on Qns Blvd and 49th?

      1. re: Da Vid

        i'd recommend that you call ahead to confirm that any of these places have hbo. i've found that very few of the small restaurants in queens have hbo and show the fights, given that commercial hbo fees and ppv surcharges make it expensive to show fights in public places. in fact, many bars around here actually charge $20 at the door on fight night.

    2. I thought I'd bump this due to the upcoming Pacquiao-Margarito fight on Nov. 13th. Almost a year ago now I went out for the Cotto fight and had a great meal at then newly opened Engeline's. It was my first crispy pata experience, and one I'll likely not forget. I was happy to "foot" the bill. I found the neighborhood pretty alive for the fight, and our Engeline's waiter told us Krystal's was the place to go. We showed up around 8:00 and the guy working the door really politely turned us away, as the place was already packed, and all empty seats were reserved. There was a Filipino buffet laid out. We ended up watching the fight at a Colombian place instead, which was fun.

      We planned things out much better for the Pacquiao-Clottey fight (if you can call it that) and called ahead. The Woodside Krystal's was sending people to their renovated Cafe 81 in the East Village (same owners). They were selling tickets a few days in advance, and it was similary a buffet (though we ordered Lumpia too). Buffet ran out after awhile but had lumpia, kare kare, pancit, and some pretty good marinated pork that I didn't get the name of. Had a great time there with a herd of Red Horses until a horrible rainstorm knocked out the HBO feed and we bounced to a friends nearby apt.

      I imagine this fight will be a much bigger event. We'll see if Krystal's hosts at both locations for this one. I imagine you could have a lot of fun in Queens as Margarito supporter as well. If anyone in Woodside has seen signs for a good spot to watch the event please pass the tip along.

      58-28 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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      1. re: Mr Porkchop

        Perhaps due to their previous technical difficulties neither of the Krystal's are hosting for the Pacquiao fight tonight. I got refered to Payag in Woodside, which I'm excited about, since I haven't been made aware of it up until this point. Seems like it's on the more upscale side, but their fight promotion is 30$ for the fight and appetizers, and they throw in a drink.

        51-34 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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