Kape’t Torta is our favorite Filipino bakery in Elmhurst, and the small counter-service cafe is the ideal place to pick up a box of pastries for any occasion. They specialize in Filipino tortas, which are mini-muffins that work well for breakfast or dessert, and they have a few different kinds. Our favorite is the torta cebuana which is buttery, sweet, and tastes like someone threw a little coconut in the batter. You also want the cheese ensaymada (soft dinner roll topped with shredded cheese) and a few orders of ube pandesal stuffed with cheese. And if you’re in need of a pick-me-up, try a cup of extra-strong kapeng barako - a dark roast Filipino coffee.
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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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Carniceria Colombia Inc
Carniceria Colombia Inc. is a Colombian butcher counter in Elmhurst that also makes sopa and arepas.
El Gauchito is a classic Argentinian spot in Elmhurst with great empanadas and more meat than we could ever imagine.
Asian Taste 86
Asian Taste 86 is a halal Indonesian spot in Elmhurst. Make sure to order the bakwan campur noodle soup.
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Jollibee is a Filipino fast food chain, and it’s ideal for when you want some fried chicken with a side of spaghetti covered in a sweet tomato sauce.
Tito Rad’s Grill & Restaurant
Tito Rad’s in Woodside serves some of the best Filipino food in the area.
Piggyback is a pan-Asian spot in Chelsea from the people behind Pig and Khao, and it’s a great option for dinner before a show at MSG.
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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.
Saraling Atin is a Filipino grocery store in Elmhurst with a cafeteria-style counter of meaty stews and pancit noodles in the back.
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