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mango_madness May 4, 2011 08:22 AM

Looking for Filipino restaurants, is Jolibee still open in NYC? Thanks for your recommendations.

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    kathryn May 4, 2011 08:25 AM

    Filipino pop-up Maharlika may be of interest as they're doing brunch as well dinner now:
    http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/05/maharlika_does_sundays_at_5_ni.html
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/768608

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    Maharlika
    111 First Ave, New York, NY 10003

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      foodwhisperer Nov 18, 2011 04:59 PM

      I went to Maharlika ( 1st ave and 7th st) and was disappointed. I read the NY Times review and disagreed with everything said. I kind of thought it was insulting to say it was authentic food,since they had Spam. Filipinos don't eat Spam in restaurants, it's a home thing. The chef is Dominican, so that made me think it wasn't really authentic. I ordered the sisig and it was cooked right, although lacked flavor. The size of it was about half what it normally is. The garlic rice was good. The arroz caldo ( like congee) was not cooked long enough, it was not good. The menu was very limited ( I was there for late lunch ). They had alot of breakfast dishes i.e fried eggs w/ spam, corned beef w/ potatoes, longanisa (sausage) , etc. There was no lumpiang , no pancit, no kare kare , no lechon kawali etc It was quite expensive about double most Filipino restaurants My bill was $68 for arroz caldo and sisig and a beer. Then I read reviews on Yelp and of course the Times, and everyone loves this place. Some Filipinos post reviews that they love the food etc. All the dishes they mention like kare kare, pancit, bbq etc I was thinking something does not make sense. They had none of these dishes. The waiter said "we have to add some new dishes". Now I read these reviews and I am thinking I must go back and try it again, and see if maybe dinner had a different menu. Everyone can't be wrong. So I will go back and give them another chance. On a side note, I've been very disappointed with Sa Aming Nayon. At this point Grill 21 is best in Manhattan and Tito Rad's best in Queens.

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      Grill 21
      346 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

      Maharlika
      111 First Ave, New York, NY 10003

      Sa Aming Nayon
      201 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

    2. JungMann May 4, 2011 08:47 AM

      Jollibee is still open, but it is in Queens, as are most of the Filipino restaurants in town. For those, you'd have better luck posting your questions on the Outer Boroughs Board. In Manhattan, you have the limited choice of Grill 21 or Cafe 81.

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      Grill 21
      346 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

      Krystal’s Cafe 81
      81 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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        Mr Porkchop May 4, 2011 01:18 PM

        Yeah, and Cafe 81 is actually more of a bar with food.

        The chef at Kuma Inn is half Filipino and has a hadnful of Filipino or Filipino inspired dishes. I understand that the chef from the now departed Cendrillon now has a place out in Brooklyn.

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        Kuma Inn
        113 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

        Krystal’s Cafe 81
        81 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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          peter j May 4, 2011 01:40 PM

          Yes the Cendrillon folks have opened Purple Yam in Brooklyn, which received a star from Sifton. The Kuma Inn owners also opened Umi Nom in Brooklyn. I haven't been to any these places but have heard good things.

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            JungMann May 4, 2011 01:57 PM

            The atmosphere at Cafe 81 really depends on when you go. They have a full menu and most times I am there, it is full of diners, not drinkers. They also have certain of my favorite items that are not available at Grill 21 or Kuma Inn.

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            Kuma Inn
            113 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

            Grill 21
            346 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

            Krystal’s Cafe 81
            81 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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              Mr Porkchop May 5, 2011 01:32 PM

              Don't get me wrong, I like Cafe 81. I'll be there for the Pacquiao fight on Saturday when it will be in full Red Horse-fueled bar mode.

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              Krystal’s Cafe 81
              81 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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          mango_madness May 5, 2011 04:34 PM

          Thanks for all the responses.

          With regard to Maharlika, it turns out they will be closing May 15, so I won't be able to try them out: http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/04...

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          Maharlika
          111 First Ave, New York, NY 10003

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            squid kun May 5, 2011 05:17 PM

            But then it's reopening June 5 at 5 Ninth and will serve brunch and dinner there every Sunday. Check kathryn's link above.

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            5 Ninth
            5 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10014

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