Nestled in between an Irish Pub and a tattoo parlor (just a few doors down from St. Marks Burgers) this is the cute, little, neon green Japanese place on St. Marks that offers 50% off ALL Sushi and basically has Happy Hour whenever you want it. We went here the other day with a mutual friend and ordered an appetizer, least 5 different kinds of sushi, 2 very strong drinks, AND (new addition to the menu) a Ramen Burger all for $60! (Added a 20% tip on top because the staff are also ridiculously nice.)
Located at 31 St. Mark’s Place, New York, NY 10003
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WORTH NOTING ABOUT JEEPNEY IS KAMAYAN NIGHT. Kamayan Night. Every Wednesday and Thursday (make sure you make a reservation) you get the opportunity to properly eat like a Filipino.The word kamayan refers to shaking hands but is simultaneously used to describe eating with your hands - a Philippine tradition. For $40, a huge plank the size of two 2-tops covered in palm leaves is served with… well, we don’t think we can describe it all, so we’ve borrowed this description from NYC Food Guy: “Our server carefully placed a whole fried fish in the center of the long white mound of coconut milk-flavored rice. Spreading out from both sides of the fish, he symmetrically placed chicken, smoked soft boiled eggs, two kinds of pork (one in a coconut milk gravy, one marinated in Coca-Cola), sweet longanisa sausage, sauteed bok choy, bitter melon salad, piles of fried tripe and fried bread, and grilled green onions...It was at this point that I snapped a few quick photos because as soon as I put that iPhone down, it was time to eat. With only my hands. For about 30 minutes straight.” See above for pictures from NYC Food Guy and his full review here.
Located at 201 1st. Ave. New York, NY 10003
Next door to Jeepney is its sister restaurant, Maharlika, another gem of the East Village. Maharlika’s Dinner Menu is to die for with Filipino Favorites such as Pancit Bihon, Sinigang, and Kare-Kare (it even has balut for those of you who love it or dare to try it), and the Brunch Menu full of hearty and delicious items such as Longanisa, Tocino, and the Dasilog, but what is definitely worth mentioning is the Flip’d Chicken and Waffle on the Brunch Menu! Batterless fried chicken served on top of a purple yam waffle, with anchovy-bagoong sauce and macapuno syrup to start your Saturday morning off right. Affordable and delicious.
Located at 111 1st. Ave. New York, NY 10003
Just found this fun little place on 21st between 1st and 2nd Avenue just North of Stuytown. This Filipino restaurant boasts of fresh bitter melons, juicy adobo, and refreshing halo-halo! Everything on the menu is easily affordable (nothing on the menu is more than $17) and there’s outdoor seating for the summer! Also, they cater. Because they know how Filipinos love to eat and share.
Located at 346 E. 21st St. New York. NY 10010
5. Pig & Khao
Amazing Asian Fusion gem on the Lower East Side that offers primarily Thai and Filipino food options. What first caught Kelly’s eye was that they offer chicharron as the first item for appetizers (and really, is there anything better than fried pork rinds and vinegar on the side to start off a meal?) There’s also pork belly adobo - perfectly crispy on the outside and deliciously juicy on the inside. It is a Lower East Side restaurant with great food, a small space, and loud customers - so expect a wait. But you won’t be disappointed!
Located at 68 Clinton St. New York, NY 10002
This Union Square staple is home to one of the best deals in town: $1 for four dumplings. Other highlights include $3 Peking Duck-stuffed sesame pancakes, bubble tea, and a small assortment of sushi. Vanessa’s also sells frozen dumplings so you can eat these in the comfort of your own home!
Located at 220 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003.
There’s nothing that says home to Kaela like a warm bowl of zhook, also known as congee or rice porridge. This comfort food is showcased at Congee Village on the Lower East Side-- along with youtiao (Chinese donuts) and amazing Chinese-American-restaurant style decor (indoor trees! weird lighting! neon!)
Located at 100 Allen Street New York, NY 10002.
8. Pho Bang
Craving Vietnamese noodle soup? There are few better places than Pho Bang, a little Vietnamese hole-in-the wall in Little Italy. You can buy a huge bowl of pho for $6.50 ($7.50 if you upgrade to the large size!), and they also have good Vietnamese coffee.
Located at 157 Mott St New York, NY 10013
9. Central Buffet
We won’t lie; we had to Google search real hard for the name on this one: Central Buffet is a hidden Chinatown gem that will give you five delicious selections of dishes to go, including rice, for four dollars. $4.25 will get you the same amount of food to eat in. The rotating selection features tea eggs, whole fish, bean curd dishes, an assortment of vegetables, and even dessert. Kaela has been frequenting for five years, so she’s a more than little sad to divulge this information to the public.
Located at 195 Centre St New York, NY 10013
10. Fay Da Bakery
This Chinese bakery, featured in Episode 3: “Eviction,” is one of Kaela’s favorite places to get cha siu bao, or barbecue pork buns. In fact, Fay Da carries all kinds of baked goods, from coconut cream buns to hot dog buns and back-- and with most of them priced at under one dollar, you can’t lose.
Located at 191 Centre St New York, NY 10013 (right next to Central Buffet, above!). Other locations throughout Chinatown, SoHo and Queens.