'Filipino' on Serious Eats

Find Filipino Groceries at Johnny Air Mart in the East Village

Alphabet City might not be the first place you'd think to look for ingredients from the Philippines. Nevertheless, that's where you'll find the Filipino market Johnny Air Mart—on Avenue A, just south of 14th street. Ricky, the general manager, explained why: "In Stuyvesant Town, there are lot of Filipino. And nurses from NYU, Beth Israel, area hospitals, there a lot of Filipino nurses. This area is the main Filipino area [in Manhattan]." More

Sardines in Spicy Tomato Sauce from 'The Adobo Road Cookbook'

For Marvin Gapultos, canned sardines in tomato sauce were the ultimate bachelor comfort food. These days, however, he has ditched the can for a fresh version featured in his new cookbook, The Adobo Road. His sauce is a perfect example of the melting pot of culinary influences in the Philippines: tomatoes from the Americas, smoked paprika and white wine from Spain, and fish sauce and calamansi lime juice from Southeast Asia. Fresh sardines quickly broiled atop the fragrant sauce are a step above the canned variety and just as effortless to prepare. More

First Look: Pig and Khao

The Fatty Crew Hospitality Group (Fatty Crab, Fatty 'Cue...) is well-established in New York in its particular form of Southeast Asian restaurant, true to the flavors of the region if not always specific dishes, food taken seriously but served in essentially casual restaurants, with a sense of humor and plenty to drink. Pig & Khao, the first restaurant from former Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen (in partnership with the Fatty team), falls neatly into that genre. More

Date Night: Grill 21

Grill 21 says it serves Asian American fusion in Gramercy. In reality this tiny, no frills spot specializes in Filipino food, and its location, on East 21st Street between First and Second Avenues, doesn't quite qualify as Gramercy. But it does make for comfortable eating, with some dishes familiar, some pleasantly new. More

Grilling: Chicken Inasal

The Philippines presented me with the option of eating an almost all-pork diet everyday, every meal (ahem, lechon). While in theory this sounds fantastic, I found myself taking the few opportunities to throw other animals into the mix. This led me to discovering chicken Inasal—a basted grilled chicken where calamansi and vinegar go a long way to create this tangy, crisp skinned chicken. More

Date Night: Mama Meena's

Mama Meena's takes the "family restaurant" part of its name seriously. When we visited, kids sat in the corner and watched cartoons while their parents took orders. The walls are the color of a farm kitchen in the Midwest, the tablecloths checked. The restaurant puts you in a mood, but not the mood. Here, happy eating isn't a cliché. It's best for: a date whose frown you'd like to turn upside down. More

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