The Top 10 Filipino Food Locations in New York City

Sizzling Sisig | Courtesy of Pig and Khao
Sizzling Sisig | Courtesy of Pig and Khao
Photo of Julia Goicochea
28 June 2017

Juxtapositions, finger-friendly foods, and sweet, sour, and salty flavors abound in Filipino cuisine. Wherever you’re from, dishes such as Spam fries, peanut butter fried chicken, and Adobo-braised pork ribs are sure to make an impression. From classic home cooking to fusion flavors, here are 10 of our favorite Filipino food spots in New York City.

2nd City

Restaurant, Fusion, Filipino
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Tacos at 2nd City
Tacos at 2nd City | Courtesy of 2nd City

Billing itself as “the original Filipino taqueria,” 2nd City serves up everything from burritos to baos, all bursting with fusion flavor. Here, burritos come stuffed with longanisa and kimchi fried rice; fillings for tacos include adobo chicken and tamarind slurry, and rice-based bowls feature coconut steamed rice, sushi grade tuna, and pickled onions.

Pig and Khao

Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Asian, $$$
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Foodies from around the city flock to the Lower East Side eatery Pig and Khao for Thai- and Filipino-influenced cuisine. Adobo-braised pork belly with crispy garlic, 10-spice chicharrones, and pineapple and shrimp salad round out the spot’s menu of off-beat offerings. Cocktail lovers shouldn’t skip the selection of Southeast Asian-inspired drinks, featuring ingredients such as Thai chili tequila, curry leaves, and coconut milk horchata.

Maharlika

Restaurant, Asian, Filipino, $$$
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Over 1,000 Yelp reviews don’t lie—Maharlika’s fiery Filipino fare isn’t the only hot thing about this popular East Village eatery. Providing a “family-like” dining experience that feels “like eating in someone’s home,” the Manhattan hot spot serves up hearty portions of beer-battered Spam fries, fried chicken and ube waffles, mango-stuffed French toast, and much more.

Jeepney

Restaurant, Gastropub, Asian, Filipino, $$$
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The upscale eats and laid-back atmosphere at Jeepney make this Filipino gastropub an ideal destination for your next date night. Dishes such as sisig tacos, Spam and crab fat fried rice, and sizzling fried chicken smothered in peanut butter gravy make for delicious, sharable meals—and excellent conversation starters! For foodies looking for an immersive cultural experience, Jeepney offers one of New York City’s best kamayan feasts, or family-style dinners sans silverware or plates.

Lumpia Shack

Restaurant, Asian, $$$
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Contemporary flavors meet classic dishes at Lumpia Shack, a Filipino-inspired snack bar cooking up both new ideas and delicious recipes. Pork belly fries, adobo ramen burgers, and three-mushroom lumpia, or freshly fried spring rolls, are just a sampling of the shack’s mouthwatering menu options. Exciting limited edition eats such as avocado gelato, sisig poutine, and adobo-braised pork ribs make Lumpia Shack a spot worth watching. They also have locations on Bergen Street and at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn.

Ugly Kitchen

Restaurant, Asian, Filipino, Philippine, $$$
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Boasting happy hour every day until 9 pm, affordable fare, and an easygoing vibe, Ugly Kitchen is an excellent late-night spot. Throw back a few Philippines-imported beers, and dig into Asian-Filipino fusion dishes such as adobo ribs, Asian garlic chicken wings, and fried pork ruffles with soy sauce vinegar.

Tito Rad’s Grill

Restaurant, Asian, Filipino, $$$
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Tito's Rad Grill, Queens, New York, USA.
Tito's Rad Grill in Queens, New York, offers up Filipino dishes | © Tito's Rad Grill

Specializing in Filipino comfort foods, Tito Rad’s Grill aims to “satisfy your craving for luting bahay,” or a taste of home. Wherever you call home, you’re sure to savor the grill’s coconut milk tuna belly, soy sauce and vinegar-braised pork, whole fried pompano, and more.

Papa’s Kitchen

Restaurant, Asian, Filipino
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One of many Filipino restaurants in Queens’ Woodside neighborhood, Papa’s Kitchen stands out for its home-cooking cuisine and exceptionally hospitable service. Feel like part of the family as you dig into tender tamarind-simmered pork, beef and peanut stew, and crispy pork rinds served on banana leaves.

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