Maharlika is from the same people behind Jeepney, and it’s only about five blocks away. The food here is also Filipino, and it’s a little more upscale - but this place is still very casual, with some tropical decor, a bunch of small tables, and a big chalkboard in the back with a Tagalog word of the day. It’s perfect for a last-minute date night or an exceptional weeknight meal, and there’s a good weekday Happy Hour that goes from 5-7pm. Start with a plate of sisig with some vinegar on the side, and if you want something heavier, try the kare-kare that comes with a few big chunks of oxtail in a thick peanut sauce.
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Zaragoza is an excellent place for a quick Taco Fix in the East Village. Although eating in is an option, this should only be thought of as a Serious Take-Out Operation.
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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.
Mama Fina’s is a counter-service Filipino restaurant in the East Village that makes excellent pork sisig.
Swell Dive is a restaurant/bar in Bed-Stuy where you can get some nachos and a spam taco at 1am.
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