If you asked me what my merienda of choice would be, I’d answer with what this Queens restaurant specializes in. Kape’t Torta, or coffee and cakes, serves, well, the name kinda says it all. In this case, the cake is a soft, spongy one also known as mamon in certain regions of the Philippines and while I like plain best for maximum airiness and dunkability, you can also get an ube version that has a bit of ube jam inside or yema. This goes with the other half of the equation: a bold cup of kapeng barako, a coffee native to the Philippines that’s strong enough to get you through the afternoon (barako means “stud” or “wild boar”) and can only be found in the few cafes that import it. If you prefer denser cakes, try their take on the pan de regla. Attempting to translate “regla” for you would probably violate rules against vulgarity so I’ll let you just Google how this pie filled with scarlet bread pudding got its name.
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From a grocery store with a takeout counter to a tiki-themed spot with a nice back patio, these are our 16 favorite Filipino restaurants in the city.
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Tito Rad’s Grill & Restaurant
Tito Rad’s in Woodside serves some of the best Filipino food in the area.
Phil-Am Food Mart
Phil-Am Food Mart is a Filipino grocery store and bakery in Woodside. Make sure to stock up on sapin-sapin while you're there.
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Tradisyon is a fast-causal Filipino spot in Hell’s Kitchen, and you should order from here weekly if you live nearby.
Harana Market is an incredible Asian grocery store and Filipino deli about ten minutes outside of Woodstock, NY.
Here’s the good news: If you like the idea of eating various pig parts in some sort of spicy chili sauce, you’re going to love this joint. Jeepney is Maharlika’s second East Village restaurant, and this one is a take on a Filipino gastropub.
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