By Marivir R. Montebon
New York – Whether on the sweet scent of tradition or innovation, Filipino food is pervading the Big Apple through the Filipino Restaurant Week (FRW). Seven states in the East Coast have now simultaneously participated in this mouth-watering culinary event from May 13 to 26, 2019.
The food tasting at the rooftop of High Bar NYC on Times Square was the perfect place for the launch, with the vista of the city’s skyscrapers and a bit of chill of spring, FRW is a reminder that Philippine cuisine has scaled new heights. As Deputy Consul General Kerwin Tate puts it, the Filipino community is so much into food. And here are the chefs that make celebrations extra special.
Chef Romy Duratan of Brooklyn’s Purple Yam elevates the sweet langka fruit on the dining table while Jaffy Afzelius of Tsismis (soon to open at the East Side) creates an unforgettable taste of his ultra creamy maja Blanca topped with grated coconut. These and an array Filipino cuisine are tastefully displayed on tables of High Bar NYC for more than a hundred guests enjoying.
Lawyer Lara Gregory loves Mighty Bowl’s Sisig with coconut sauce as well as its Leche Kawali on rice. Purple Yam’s Rimas (bread fruit) chip was a favorite of many.
Kabisera places forward its home-made Ube (purple yam) ice cream while Tito Rad’s, a favorite in Queens, had its kinilaw (Philippine ceviche) an afternoon favorite.
Consul Arman Talbo of the Philippine Consulate General in New York, key organizer to the event, said the participation of Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington DC is an indicator of the restaurant week’s impact since it began six years ago.
Filipino restaurants in New York and New Jersey are among the pioneering participants to the FRW. The 2019 launch is brought about by the departments of tourism and trade and investment, Philippine Airlines, GMA Pinoy TV, Tanduay Rum, Planet X, PNB, and Neocolors.
Check out these restaurants for a taste of Philippines’ best: Kuya Ja’s, Tanom, Asin, Max’s, Grill 21, Jeepney, Kabisera, Karenderya, Kuma Inn, Maganda, Maharlika, Mighty Bowl, PhilAm Kusina, Purple Yam, Swell Dive, The Buren, Tito Rad’s, Ugly Kitchen, Lalo, Perla, Bistro 1521, Purple Patch, and Sarvida. (Photos by Charisse Arboleda and Felix Manuel.)