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Maharlika NYC (Filipino Moderno)

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I am really thrilled to say that Filipino food has finally arrived. It is becoming more main stream here in the United States. There are several Filipino restaurants that have opened in the New York City area in recent years that caters not only to the Filipino palate. One of these is Maharlika in downtown New York. They started as a pop-up moving from one restaurant to another, which finally led them to opening a place in East Village. Reservations is highly recommended when you visit if you are a…read more

Le Pain Quotidien TriBeCa

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Le Pain Quotidien is our go to place for breakfast and brunch whenever we go to New York City. We discovered this restaurant back in 2012 when we were in Georgetown, Washington DC. This is an international chain of bakery/restaurant founded in Brussels. Le Pain Quotidian literally means daily bread. It started with the goal of serving fresh oven baked bread. A common theme in any Le Pain Quotidian that strikes you as soon as you enter is the long wooden communal table at it’s center. They use organic ingredients…read more

A Salt & Battery

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It’s very hard to find a good fish and chip shop in the US. I’m not talking about the one’s you get at chain restaurants but authentic British fish and chips. I heard lots of good things about “A Salt & Battery” after doing research. We just never have gotten around to try out the place. We had the opportunity to do so today, albeit unplanned. We were just strolling down West Village in New York City when we happen to pass by it. The restaurant is real small once…read more

Max’s Restaurant and Red Ribbon Jersey City

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We finally decided to try out the Max’s Restaurant in Jersey City. They opened sometime in 2010, the first ever in the East Coast. For those who are unfamiliar, Max’s Restaurant is a Filipino chain that specializes and is known for fried chicken. Hence, it’s called “the house that fried chicken built”. They have been in business since 1945 and has already become a household name. I remember eating here since I was a child, most of the time we would order “to go” and the chicken would come with…read more

Noodle Go Go

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We are always on the lookout for authentic Chinese restaurants in our area. We just learned about Noodle Go Go Asian Bistro from social media. This is not your typical Chinese take out place where you can just order Orange chicken or Sweet and Sour Pork. One indication that food will be good is that if you see a lot of Asians eating there, not to be racist or anything. My husband and I ate here for our Friday date night. The place is neat and nicely appointed. We were…read more

Jose Tejas

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Jose Tejas is a very popular restaurant in our area that serves authentic Tex-Mex food. Expect long waits even on weekdays so be sure to come early as soon as they open at 11 am if you want to be seated right away. We came for lunch last Thursday as a treat for the girls. Prices in this restaurant are reasonable and serving portions are huge. They will give you complimentary housemade chips and salsa as soon as your are seated, which is refillable by the way. Chips are excellent…read more

Shanghai Dumpling House

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Our family usually eats out after church services on Sundays. On this particular day everyone agreed we wanted Asian food. We didn’t want to go to our regular place which is either Wonder Seafood or China Bowl both located on rt 27 in Edison. I suggested Shanghai Dumpling House, I spotted this place as we were on our way to New Brunswick for a date night. A quick look on yelp and trip advisor was enough to convince me food will be good. The restaurant opens at 11:30 am and…read more

Harold’s Deli

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You don’t have to go to New York to get great tasting pastrami. New Jersey has one where you don’t have to wait in line and pay an outrageous amount for a sandwich. Harold’s New York Deli is located almost at our doorstep, not literally but it’s just a few minutes drive away from us. I didn’t feel like making dinner last Saturday so we decided to pick up an order of Hot Pastrami at Harold’s. We got the Extra Large since we can’t remember what serving size we got…read more

Falafel

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We just happen to notice a signage for a Falafel place driving down a road in town before the end of school. It seems new since I have not noticed it before. I made mental note myself to visit one of these days since it is hard to find a restaurant that serves good falafel in our area. My girls and I decided to get lunch there last Thursday to finally check it out. The night before I googled their website “Crazy4Falafel” to find out exactly what they have on…read more