Planning a sisig crawl around Woodside would require you to make a visit to Ihawan. If we could, we’d replace the fruit bowl on our kitchen counter with an order of Ihawan’s sisig and reach for spicy spoonfuls of pork parts and jalapeno whenever we need a quick snack. It’s the best sisig we’ve had in the city, which isn’t much of a surprise since this place is best known for its excellent BBQ. There are two sisig options on the menu at Ihawan, both involving pork. But our favorite, the sizzling sisig, is crispy, fatty, and tastes like it’s been cooked with lots of tart calamansi. The result is a spicy meat dish that’s bold enough to encourage your eyebrows to overtake your forehead.
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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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Maggie Mae’s Bar
If you’re going on a first date or just want to sit at a bar, drink a good beer, and watch TV with closed captions in Sunnyside, try Maggie Mae’s.
If you’re looking for Taiwanese food in Elmhurst, check out Taiwanese Specialties. It’s great for groups, and they serve some very good fly’s head.
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The best BBQ in New York City resides in Red Hook, in a Texas-style dining hall of sacred smoked meats known as Hometown Bar-B-Que.
Morgan’s BBQ is some of the best barbecue you can get without having to go down to Red Hook for Hometown.
Zeppelin Hall is a huge beer garden in Jersey City that’s perfect for day drinking with a big group.
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Pig And Khao
Pig And Khao is a Thai/Filipino restaurant on the LES that serves great food and feels like a party.
Mama Fina’s is a counter-service Filipino restaurant in the East Village that makes excellent pork sisig.
Purple Yam serves Filipino food in a casual space with a nice backyard. Use it for a group dinner in Ditmas Park.
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