Wanna try some filipino food? Come to NYC’s Jeepney
Jeepney's Filipino Gastropub's brunch is a great introduction to the "next big thing" in cuisine...
Go to any average city around the world, you will find a sushi spot, definitely a chinese food place, probably a vietnamese restaurant and a thai eatery. Next up on the asian food spectrum coming to your neighborhood would be my parent’s food – Filipino cuisine.
Growing up as a Filipino-American, the food of my parent’s homeland is nothing new to me, so its really nice to see the food I grew up on getting recognition in these past few years . Back in 2012 , even Andrew Zimmern said it was the next big thing.
In NYC there have always been a decent number of filipino spots, but nothing that would be considered “main stream”. Now there are quite a few restaurants showcasing filipino cuisine, and I’m going to introduce you guys to one of my favorites – Jeepney . Peep the youtube video to see what they’re about.
Nestled in the east village right near where I went to college, a few friends and I hit up their brunch. For those who don’t know what a Jeepney is, they are these cars that were originally made from U.S. military jeeps left over from World War II, and the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. Covered in sheet metal, with elaborate writing and decoration throughout, the inside of this restaurant feels the same.
Take note, that while they do serve traditional Filipino breakfast/brunch food , I was going for the Filipino Inspired updated meals that meld my roots as a filipino with the culture I was born into as a New Yorker.
For brunch they offer a “2 Hour Topless Brunch” – which includes an entree, plus unlimited mimosas, bloodie marys or beer.
These two meals pictured below are the traditional “silog breakfast” offerings. Silog means “with egg”. So, sausage with egg, pork with egg etc etc. This is closer to what most filipino kids grew up on, with an updated twist – i.e. a whole side of bone marrow.
The two meals below are the ones to write home to mama about.
The Ube Pancakes & Longganisa (filipino sausage) w/ macapuno syrup calamansi butter and fresh fruit. Ube is the purple taro root, something that propably every filipino kid I know loves as a dessert item, so makes perfect sense to turn them into pancakes…
The Bicol Benedict – 2 poached farm eggs with slow-roasted pork shoulder – coconut milk, sili & bagoong sauce w/ Vigan longganisa, served on pan de sal.
A Filipino play on eggs benedict. Instead of hollandaise they use this savory sauce made of coconut milk, sili and bagoong , and instead of ham they use pork shoulder. Pan De sal is traditional Filipino bread, replacing the english muffin on the bottom. So delicious I’m showing it 3 times.
For those experienced with filipino food, these meals will be a tasty update to flavors you are familiar with, and for those who haven’t tried it yet, its the perfect introduction into food I’m sure you’ll end up eating for a long time to come…
When you are in NYC, make sure to add this to your bucket list fellow fatties! And bring your friends. Filipino Food is best when its shared!
201 1st Ave New York NY.