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Sep 4, 2010 08:16 AM


September 4th, 2010

On Friday night of September 3, 2010, I took my wife to Payag, an ultra modern Filipino restaurant in Woodside, Queens, New York. The restaurant is located in a new building on the corner of 52nd Street. As soon as you enter Payag, you feel like you are in the Philippines because, all of the furnishing were imported from the Philippines.

As soon as we were seated by the host, we were greeted by Ms. Jenny, our pretty Filipina waiter, who provided us with the menu. Our table setting was very elegant and attractive. After checking the menu for a few Mounties, Ms. Jenny took our orders for our dinner.

Wife and I ordered the following Filipino dishes: Beef Steak Cebuano Style, Chopsuey, and Shrimp Dumpling. The rice was served as extra dish for additional $1.50 for each portion.
For drinks, we ordered one ginger ale and 7-up.

All the said dishes arrived at our table by Ms. Jenny after 20 minute or so. The beef steak was marinated by lime juice and cooked to perfection, but it was cold and very salty when it was served. The chopsuey, a vegetable dish consisting of small shrimps, carrots, broccoli, squid,saute, mushroom and cauliflowers. The dish tasted good, but also served cold and so was the white rice. The only dish that was hot on our table, the shrimp dumpling, which was served in a bamboo steamer.

Our total bill with tax and tip came to $50. The highlight of our first visit the the ambiance and good service by Ms. Jenny, our lovely waiter.

Before leaving Payag, I have written a short overview about the food, which I have passed personally to the chef in charge.

Do you think that I should recommend this restaurant to others people who may read this short review? I think you should give it a try, you may like it after all.

My over all rating for Payag Restaurant is One Star.

This review was written by-Michael Matthews
Copyright by-Matthews Communications, Sept. 2010.

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  1. Good to know. I've heard some things about this place but never had a chance to go yet!

    2 Replies
    1. re: j0cy0223

      nice decor, okay food. Nothing special. Service was slow. Most dishes ranged from $9 to $15 and food doesn't come with rice. Rice is $1.50 extra per person. Water was disgusting, you'll need to ask for clean fresh plain water. Not worth the trip, not enough to keep coming back.

      51-34 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

      1. re: RMO

        Wife and I went a few weeks ago for lunch. I have never had Filipino food before (except for adobo) so I don't have anything to compare it to.

        We hand the lumpiang shanghai for appetizers, very tasty egg roll type dish filled with pork and shrimp. For entrees I had the pollock with spicy black bean sauce. I thought it was delicious but could have used some more heat. My wife had a chicken soup dish which she enjoyed, but I found a little bland.

        The service was very friendly and I didn't feel it was slow at all. Overall, I wasn't blown away but would definitely give it another shot.

        The water they bring out is cucumber water and we found it pretty refreshing. They didn't have a liqour license yet when we went. Don't know if that has changed.

    2. I went for the special event for the Pacquiao fight last month, so take the following with a grain of salt. Service was abysmal, if friendly. The only thing that stood out in the various snacks we had were the Lumpiang, which were above average. People also liked the Lechon Kiwali. The rest was "meh" as best.

      I can't speak for certain about their drink license, but while we were there refused to serve alcohol until after 9:00. But at that point the Red Horse flowed.

      Red Horse Cafe
      497 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215