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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.
Posted by Joyisme on 10/06/2008
Authentic, friendly, menu is diverse enough so you can bring non-natives and they would enjoy too. The atmospere is better than most Fil-Am places (tablewear, waitress service (not turo-turo)). The owners are friendly but not intrusive, overall a great experience. I would go back again. Fil-am gal here.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/05/2008
The Sisig is the best I've ever had and the Kare-Kare is just as good as my Mom's. I will definitely go back to this place and highly recommend it!
Posted by Grizzly on 09/27/2008
Great food. Excellent empandas. Love the bistek, garlic rice, and beef short ribs! San Miguel and kalamansi juice... you can't go wrong here.
Posted by foodtogo on 09/18/2008
If it were not for menupages and the reviews, I would not have discovered this very friendly and hospitable place in Manhattan. I brought my relatives from Ohio who were looking forward to eating Filipino food again. The place was NOT a letdown. The food was good with just the right amount of servings the value was what one would expect-you get your money's worth. The restaurant was small but cozy. It had a homey feel. I made a reservation beforehand, and when we arrived, the place was already set. The service was quick and the staff were very friendly and accomodating. They were all so hospitable. I would recommend this place to friends. This is Friendly's, filipino style.
Posted by From CT on 09/14/2008
I'm from Connecticut and I've always wanted to find an affordable Filipino restaurant in the city, without compromising quality. Grill 21 is that place! The food is great, the people were friendly, and most importantly, the price was reasonable. I also love that they have almost all of the good stuff in their menu! I went there with a non-Filipino friend and he loved the place. If you're looking for a casual dinner, extensive menu and affordable price, this is worth checking out.
Posted by Homesick Gal on 08/23/2008
The food is like Mom used to make and well presented. The owners and staff are amiable and make one feel at home. And you can bring your tastebud-challenged Gringo friends because there are enough choices on the menu that aren't intimidating to them. (Unless they are vegetarian but that's a problem most Filipino restaurants haven't licked yet. Vegetarianism is an alien concept to THIS Asian culture.) Even though it's a 20-minute walk from where I work and a 40-minute commute from where I live, I will come here for breakfast or dinner when I need to savor the flavors of my childhood and I know I'm not the only expatriate who does this! A Fil-Am friend likes it too and judging from the crowd, she's not the only one either. And I am heartened on Sunday mornings to see a few people who seem to be neighborhood Gringos, bravely trying out the breakfasts. Wish it didn't close so early, though, and I recommend they explore putting in one or two more vegetarian-friendly menu choices.