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Filipino Food

For some reason Chowhound search isn't working for me, I'm going to go to Woodside on Monday for some filipino food. This is my first time having filipino food, where are your favorite spots, and what are some unique and must have dishes. I am a veryy adventurous eater. :)

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    1. Fiesta Grill is a good place to start. It's a Turo Turo joint, which translates to Point Point. You'll see about 26 dishes at the steam table and you get to choose 2 or 3 for a meal. Good quality stews and stuff.

      Krystals is pretty good too, haven't been to ihawan, but they're supposed to be good, esp for the skewers.
      Keep in mind crispy pata "Fried pork knuckle" - I had it for my birthday last year.

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      Krystal's
      69-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

      Fiesta Grill
      69-12 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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      1. re: Jeffsayyes

        That's quite a bday gift. I've only had Pata at Renee's - a lunch-for-one that had me crying uncle. It's a good, representative dish best enjoyed by two or more.
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        Renee's Kitchenette
        69-14 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

        1. re: Jeffsayyes

          is crispy pata similar to chicharron?

          1. re: daffyduck

            Nope. Chicharron is fried skin. Crispy pata is deep fried pig's knuckles/feet.

        2. If you want adventurous eats done well try Krystal Cafe's version of Dinuguan and Bopis. Ihawan has the best BBQ, and Fiesta Grill is a good way to try different dishes. Good luck!

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          Ihawan
          40-06 70th St, Queens, NY 11377

          Fiesta Grill
          69-12 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

          1. I've eaten at Payag, Krystal's, and Engeline's out there. My meal there was awhile ago, but I think Engeline's is a good place for an introduction.

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            Engeline's
            58-28 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

            Payag
            51-34 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

            1. Daffy, knowing that you are a sweets fiend, I think you need to save room for halo halo and leche flan.

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              1. re: Miss Needle

                Those are good intro desserts, but if there's also bibingka, braso de mercedes, cassava cake, buko pie, sans rival (my fave), kutsinta, the list goes on.

              2. Thanks for all the recs guys. My friend and I went to Krystal's. I was really happy with our meal, the service was extremely slow but the food was tasty. We tried Lumpia Shanghai, Bopis, Krispy Pata, and halo-halo. I think my favorite dish was actually Bopis, it was like pork parts fried in a vinegar sauce. The Lumpia Shanghai were like thinner, crisper spring rolls and the Krispy Pata was as described deep fried pig's knuckles\feet, some of the knuckles had skin so it reminded me of chicharron but there was a decent amount of delicious fatty pork meat. My least favorite dish was the halo halo, Krystal's topped theirs with a flan but I felt it was too thin (needed more ice cream and less milk).

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                Krystal's
                69-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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                1. re: daffyduck

                  When I was growing up, halo halo didn't have flan or ice cream. Just evaporated milk, ice and candied/jellied fruits and beans. But we also made it at home since you couldn't buy it in stores.