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Posted by Rachel on 12/07/2006
i just discovered this place recently and ive been going there the last two months at least twice every week. Everyone there makes you feel at home and they have quite a selection. Ive brought friends there and they just love it! They say it tastes just like home! We actually plan on having a christmas party there! ts easy on the wallet and also worth it! Im glad ive found this place because i wont stop eating there! The service is awesome and the atmosphere is so cozy! Everytime i eat there i order bistek and ginataang sitaw and kalabasa!I get hungry just thinking about it!! My compliments to the chef!
Posted by NYChyna on 12/03/2006
My and my friend, who are both Filipina, usually go to Queens when we get our itch for "Jungle Food." But it's nice to know all we have to do now is hop on the train and head Downtown. To our delight, everything we ordered was excellent and authentic in taste as if our parents were cooking. Our order consisted of: Chicken BBQ, Chicken BBQ Breast, Lumpiang Shanghai, Bistek, Arroz Caldo , Ginisang Mungo, Pancit-Sotanghon & Halo-Halo. The only two things I had reservations about was that the Arroz Caldo was more like a soup with chicken and rice instead of it being a thick consistency as I'm use to but nonetheless it did not lack in flavor and the Lumpia Shanghai was a bit expesive in my opinion but was extremely delicious. The atmosphere was cozy with bright colorful walls, exposed brick and beautiful cherry wood tables but I think for an even cozier feeling, the lights could be a bit more dimly lit and a bit of music in the background would be nice which we didnt experience until the end of the night. All in all the owner and our waitress made us feel at home and I see us as being "regulars." Mabuhay!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/25/2006
I am a Tapsilog freak. I went to International School in Manila and we used to eat at Rufo's right outside of campus. Its basically this ghettos ass super delicious and super joint. Since then, and since moving back to the states, Rufos acts as my standard for Tapsilog. Its been awhile since ive been back home (to manila), so my tasts buds have definitely been americanized. Nonetheless, Grill 21 takes the cake. Order the Tapsilog. Mmm....mmmm.....good. What kind of (filipino) name is Grill 21 anyway? Ah well. Enjoy!
Posted by realpinoy on 09/29/2006
It's decent. Not great, but compared to places down the road, it's far superior. The non-Filipino selections on the menu, presumably placed to attract a wider clientele, are out-of-place and ought to be done away with. No wonder Menupages fan had such a bad experience. FYI, I think their flan is good. Filipino flan is much more dense and richer in consistency compared to the Hispanic versions. And, unlike a lot of Filipino restaurants, they don't burn the caramel sauce, for which I give them two thumbs up!
Posted by Cecile L on 09/29/2006
Every meal served has been excellent! Prices are very reasonable, ambiance is warm and cozy and service is very efficient. Place is clean and the bathroom, too! My family and friends all agree unanimously. Defintely a come back to the place is foreseen each time we visit New York.
Posted by Menupages fan on 09/21/2006
We ordered in from this restaurant (they have free delivery) and had several problems with it: 1) Delivery was supposed to take 25 mins but it took closer to an hour. 2) They messed up the order, did not bring a drink that we had asked for (and they had charged us for), and did not include plates, napkins or forks. 3) The food was subpar. The cream of mushroom soup was literally lukewarm water - no cream to speak of, with a couple of bits of mushroom in it. The beans and potatoes in coconut milk was pink in color and smelt funny. And finally, dessert - I ordered the flan and it was dense and lacked taste. It was an unpleasant experience overall. I can't comment on the ambience because I did not visit the restaurant, just ordered in. On the plus side, the food is cheap.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/19/2006
Grill 21 is a charming little place to get authentic filipino food. With great presentation, just the right price and served with unique filipino hospitality, feels just like the islands.