Right underneath the 7 train line on Roosevelt Ave in Woodside, Renee’s has been making excellent Filipino food since 1992. But even in 2020, this casual neighborhood spot has people lining up for a seat on its tiny sidewalk patio. One of the many reasons this place is so popular is its sisig, made exclusively with pieces of pork head. The result is a crunchy meat salad with grilled onions and a sprinkle of crunchy chicharron. The pork chunks are so nicely charred, it seems all the pieces get their own real estate on the grill - only to be removed just a second before getting too crispy.
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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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Chao Thai is a tiny cash-only spot in Elmhurst with exceptional salads that tend to have a good amount of heat.
5 Burro Cafe
5 Burro is a casual Mexican place in Forest Hills where you can drink flavored margaritas and eat some pretty decent tacos.
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Saraling Atin is a Filipino grocery store in Elmhurst with a cafeteria-style counter of meaty stews and pancit noodles in the back.
Swell Dive is a restaurant/bar in Bed-Stuy where you can get some nachos and a spam taco at 1am.
Bilao is a Filipino restaurant on the UES that works perfectly for lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends.
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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.
SriPraPhai is a Woodside favorite that’s been serving some of NYC’s best Thai food for over two decades.
Mama Fina’s is a counter-service Filipino restaurant in the East Village that makes excellent pork sisig.
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