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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SriPraPhai is a Woodside favorite that’s been serving some of NYC’s best Thai food for over two decades.
Chao Thai is a tiny cash-only spot in Elmhurst with exceptional salads that tend to have a good amount of heat.
Stacked Sandwich Shop
Stacked is a counter-service deli in Forest Hills that serves everything from meat-heavy heroes to vegan sandwiches on Austin Street.
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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
Gyu-Kaku is a Japanese BBQ restaurant in Midtown that’s fun for a big group and good for kids.
Fletcher's Brooklyn BBQ
Fletcher's serves up some great pulled pork, and is a solid local BBQ stop if you're around Gowanus. We just wouldn't travel for it.
Hudson Smokehouse is a BBQ spot in Mott Haven that makes great smoked chicken wings.
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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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