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Posted by Anonymous on 03/08/2007
It is such a wonderful feeling that a traditional food is out there ready anytime you crave for it. The price is great and the service is good. The place is small so it becomes crowded easily. The food is freshly cooked which is awesome. Highly recommended.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/24/2007
This place has wonderful Filipino dishes, good service (water glass always full)- and astonishingly low prices. The tilapia with tomatoes and eggs is so delish that I ate it for dinner one night, and came back and had it for lunch the next day! Taro with shrimp was savory over rice, and the mung beans with shrimp was satisfyingly soup-like on a bitterly cold night. The pork with shrimp paste and eggplant and the fried pork knuckles are also yummy. Save room for dessert- the lychee ice cream and flan are especially good. Also be adventurous- the American food is okay but the Filipino food is worth trying. I've brought many different friends here and all have found something they enjoy.
Posted by Henry, this is for you on 02/04/2007
Within a 10-block stretch of First Avenue there are three (soon to be four, I think) Filipino restaurants to choose from. and each one serves its purpose, depending on your need. If time is an issue, go to Elvie's; if you want the general atmosphere (80's pop music included) of being back in the Philippines, go to Krystal's (although, I do confess, I also go to Krystal's because I love their monggo), but if you have the time to actually sit and enjoy a meal, then Grill 21 is the best choice. Not that the service is slow, or that it doesn't get busy on the weekends, but it is by far the most relaxing and satisfying for Filipino food. I think the small number of tables (and, therefore, diners) allows for much more consistent quality--adobo (in both chicken and pork incarnations), lumpiang shanghai, and the trio of tapa-tocino-longganiza breakfasts are not merely "standbys" but are reliably good (I'd say "tasty" but I hate the word). They also have a wide choice of less familiar (to the non-Filipino) dishes: binagoongan, stuffed bangus (milkfish), kare-kare--yes, everyone's grandmother or mother makes better, but not all of us live quite so close to home. The staff is unfailingly friendly and considerate, and what is so comfortingly and typically Filipino is that they will let you modify the dishes endlessly (okay, within reason)--my sister, with her three children plagued by different allergies, insists on eating here whenever she visits me in New York. And if you are lucky, which one usually is on the weekends, Henry is around to provide company, commentary, humor, and a literate and interesting counterpoint to whatever conversation you draw him into. This morning I braved below-degree weather (complete with buffeting winds) just to satisfy my adobo craving. Well, adobo and conversation, because Henry was there.
Posted by Kenzo R Capulong on 01/09/2007
First and foremost that I would like to say the food is excellent. The atmosere gives off a very homey feel that makes the meal very enjoyable. They have an awesome selection of authentic Filipino food. I reccomend this restaurant to all my family and friends and they all end up loving it. It is an amazing little find. Go try it, Now!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/08/2007
The food isn't that great but since the wait staff was nice to my friend and I, we let it pass. the vegetables weren't cooked thouroughly and some food lacked flavor. and also they don't treat you like "regulars" at this place. Even though the restaurant is so small with five little tables, the workers are not that friendly. which is very sad because I would expect more from a filipino restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/12/2006
Lechon kawali had barely any meat and no flavor. While it's a dish with barely any meat in it anyways, this was just fried, unflavored pieces of fat. The kare-kare was a decent consistency, but again, lacked flavor. The bistek, while it was more flavorful than the other dishes, was rubbery, overcooked, and was not made of very good cuts of meat.
Posted by bryan on 12/09/2006
I really love this restaurant and will bring all of my family and friends their to experience the great food. It really is an eclectic mix of American and Filipino cuisine that really is just delicious. Everything I have had their has been great from the regular old American cheese burger to its lapsiang. My favorite dish is definitely their take on calamari which is really quite different and is always cooked correctly also if you have a chance try flan it is some of the best I have ever had.