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Posted by tunay na PINOY on 11/23/2008
I am a filipino, proud to be one, but I am so ashamed of this restaurant. Filipino foods are not suppose to be cooked this bad. Whoever is the Chef here should be fired. Chicken BBQ is not cooked well, even when I told the rude waitress to put it back on the grill for it to be well done. Their Sinigang taste like water and believe me I am not exagerrating. And finally, Lumpiang shanghai, what a joke!, it tasted like I am only eating the wrapper, a burnt one at that. So if you want a good Filipino food, stick to the ones at Roosevelt Ave, from 75 st to 65 st, lots of filipino restaurant there you can choose from, I usually go to IHAWAN... don't even bother going to this DUMP. Grill 21, sure... more like GRILLED 911.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/22/2008
I love this place...the food is great and the owners' are so welcoming.... this is my home away from home. I come every week for brunch to catch up with my friends. The food is very consistent, authentic and well priced.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/20/2008
Had a little craving for some filipino food and randomly found Grill 21 on menu pages...what a great treat and nice surprise! The food was delicious just like my grandma's and the service was quick and friendly. Definitely worth going back to...a quaint, cozy place where you could get a taste of home!!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/17/2008
My boyfriend's family cooks the best filipino food I've ever had, but then I went to Grill 21 and discovered they have serious competition. It was absolutely delish! It's a small and quaint place, but that doesn't stop the great service in getting your seated right away. This first visit, I was won over by their Brunch, the great portions and amazing homestlye taste it was so good I couldn't eat another thing the rest of the day. It was really excellent and these are the kinds of places I love to go to!! Will defintely come back for more on the menu!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/18/2008
I highly recommend this restaurant for its excellent food and excellent management. It is rare to find a place where you can meet not only the cooks but also the owners. The owners are very pleasant people and very entertaining. It is nice to see a family owned restaurant actually have the family there, including the children. They serve very good tasting filipino food, with a great selection of appetizer, entrees, and desserts. Oh and did I mention beer? Overall, I had a great experience there, and I appreciated the welcoming attitude the owners and staff gave. I highly recommend the restaurant to anyone looking for a great place to eat and have a enjoyable meal. I will definitely become a regular there and hey maybe even got a shot with the owners beautiful daughter.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/15/2008
The food is good, the service is good, and the value is goodbut the owner is annoying. He insisted on chatting with us for a long time, and made awkward comments about how we knew our non-Filipino friends. Additionally, he pointedly spoke in Tagalog although he is American and we were all speaking English. He gave us his business card as a broker as he was leaving. Ugh. I'd come back if I knew the owner wasn't there or would leave me alone!
Posted by KT on 10/12/2008
First of all, the owner is friendly and very talkative... I mean very friendly. He sat next to our party the whole time, and won't stop talking to us! We found it a little bit obnoxious by the end of our dining experience there. The food, well, they are alright. We had high expectations based on other reviews here. The portions are good, I won't recommend fish dishes there. Fried dishes are overall good (fingerlickin' greasy!). They carry San Miguel beer, the best beer you can get from Asia, that's another recommendation. Lastly, staff is nice, and the atmosphere is home-y, nothing trendy and hip (because the location isn't the most trendiest area) . This place isn't superb, and it isn't too bad, either. Living in West Village, I probably won't try to go there, unless I'm in the area.