From New York to Seattle, these soon-to-open Filipino restaurants are worth waiting for
Filipino cuisine is making waves across the United States, with a growing number of Filipino restaurants opening in various cities. From traditional family recipes to modern interpretations of classic dishes, these restaurants are capturing the hearts and taste buds of many food enthusiasts. Here are four Filipino restaurants you should be excited about:
1. Naks in New York
Naks, a soulful heritage Filipino restaurant, is the brainchild of Unapologetic Foods and chef Eric Valdez, who brings his Filipino roots to the heart of New York. The name “Naks” reflects the surprise and admiration diners experience when indulging in their flavorful dishes.
Naks also offers a unique kamayan dining experience where food is served family-style on a banana leaf, encouraging guests to eat with their hands.
What to try: Bagnet, dinuguang kambing, kinilaw na bat, lechon liempo, pancit batil patong, soup no. 5, and the kamayan menu
2. Baby’s Kusina and Market in Philly
Owned by Tam Dang and Raquel Villanueva Dang, Baby’s Market and Kusina pays homage to Raquel’s Filipino heritage and her mother, Emmie nicknamed Tita Baby. It’s a cozy addition to Philadelphia’s dining scene, aiming to introduce diverse flavors to the city.
What to try: Don’t miss the taho, a nostalgic treat of silken tofu, brown sugar syrup, and tapioca pearls, reminiscent of mornings in the Philippines
3. Hiraya in D.C.
Hiraya is the creation of chef Paolo Dungca who is dedicated to showcasing progressive Filipino cuisine. The restaurant aims to provide a unique dining experience inspired by Filipino culture.
Hiraya offers two distinct atmospheres: The cafe on the first floor serves Filipino pastries and breakfast sandwiches while the upscale upstairs area features a la carte small plates and a chef’s counter with a tasting menu.
What to try: Longganisa, bistek and frites, adobo duck, and the Filipino breakfast with garlic rice, fried eggs, and various protein options
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4. Kilig in Seattle
“Kilig” is a Filipino term for the feeling of inexplicable joy and butterflies in your tummy. But it is also the name of the upcoming bulalohan and panciteria Seattle’s Chinatown-International District by Musang’s Filipino-American chef and owner Melissa Miranda.
Kilig plans to engage with the community by hosting events like community kitchen sessions, art shows, and music pop-ups, making it more than just a restaurant.
What to try: Pancit (classic noodle dish with vegetables) and bulalo (savory beef-bone soup)
Whether you’re craving traditional Filipino flavors or looking to explore progressive interpretations, these establishments have something for everyone. But, if you’re looking to try out Filipino cuisine now while waiting for these to open, you might find one right in your neighborhood.