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Posted by Pinoy Fireman on 11/26/2008
In the last several months I've been visiting several filipino eateries around the city. Starting from restaurants on Roosevelt Ave. in Queens, Jersey city and New York. This restaurant "IS" by far the best of the best. I really like this restaurant in many ways.. First of all, immediately as you walk in, there is a particular warm and cozy, yet sophisticated ambiance. None of the other restaurants I visited gave me this feeling. The warm, subtle colors, lighting and tones of the restaurant immediately made me realize that this was going to be an exciting culinary experience. The wait staff was not only presentable but also very knowledgeable, informative and helpful when selecting an entree. Once I received my entree, I surely was "NOT" disappointed. The portions were very fulfilling and the food is incredibly tasty and delicious just like my Lola's home cooking. My favorite is the sinigang and the crispy lumpia. I will truly be a regular at Grill 21 for years to come. Another thing that I liked about Grill 21 is that the owner was very friendly, warm and pleasant to talk to. I had no idea he was the owner until I inquired about the owner's up bringing. Overall, the food, people and atmosphere is excellent choice to a wonderful evening.
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!