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Posted by michelle on 03/20/2008
there is no place like this... first of all, the filipino food is absolutely delicious! and the ambiance is charming. i am always satisfied with anything i order, thanks to my favorite chef, aris! he is always so gracious and is an amazing cook! i have been meaning to write a review for a long time now, but my cousin from RI says enough =)... i just came back from lunch there today and it was so amazing, as usual... it's my favorite filipino place in the nyc/nj area... thanks aris, you're the best!!! see you soon =)
Posted by CapnRon on 03/06/2008
I went there with my girlfriend last weekend and found the food to be excellent. The owners were very sociable to their guests. I was about to write my review but read a review below complaining about the serving. So I went back today. I had their lunch special chicken curry. It costs $7.00, which is comparable to Fastfood prices! I found that the serving was generous and full. Compare this to eating a double whopper, you'll feel much better! Since I am a pig, and had a sudden craving for tapsilog and had nothing better to do all day, I went ahead ordered exactly just that, and took my time the rest of the afternoon, savoring and fitting it in my stomach! Ahh life... gotta go to church for gluttony... Highly recommended for all...
Posted by RR-NYC on 03/02/2008
I don't know why the previous reviewer insisted on comparing Grill 21 to some restaurant in NJ or where ever. Who wants to drive out to NJ when in NYC? If I'm leaving the city for Filipino food, I'm going to the Philippines! Seriously... This was my first time at Girll 21 but it won't be my last. By far, the best Filipino restaurant in Manhattan, period. The decor is cute and inviting. It seems many have come and gone over the years but this has to be the most promising - Excellent food at great prices. The host/owner was very personable and we thoroughly enjoyed everything that we ordered. Chicken adobo, Sinigang, Kari Kari and Pancit.
Posted by Muddymeat on 02/26/2008
On a last minute whim, my parents and I tried the place this past Sunday (Feb. 24) cause we were in the city. I think the reviews are overrated. The food was not as good as Ihawan (Queens) and the place was really tight (although ambience is alot better than most filipino restaurants today - though that's really not saying much). The serving sizes were medium to smallish. We ordered the: Pork BBQ - casa manila's in union, nj was much better and it was undercooked (not sure if this was common) Chicken Tinola - taste was just ok (papaya was undercooked) Sarsiadong Tilapia - it was good to me but my parents said it was just ok "nothing great" Grilled Tilapia - I've had it better in ihawan and casa manila Tortang talong - I've had it better in Fiesta Grill and ihawan Halo-halo - was good Toron (banana) - casa manila in union, nj and ihawan was better and the banana's were undercooked Service - was slow (i think because they were actually busy for a small place and only 1 waiter was working the sunday shift) Price - though it seemed inexpensive, the serving size and food quality made it expensive....overall i think you still get a better deal in Ihawan in terms of serving and food quality (casa manila only has a handfull of things they can make good so it's not the same). Crowd - a tad bit more upscale than the regular queens/jc filipino restaurants but definitely more diverse (not just filipinos). I think it's because of the location. It deserves a second or third visit to see if the food review is consistent for the rest of their dishes. I've been to Ihawan of old (it has been alot of years since i've eaten there so things may have changed) many times and have had almost everything in their menu so I can rely on those food comparisons.
Posted by Johnny on 02/17/2008
On leave from West Point, I was looking for a great breakfast that greatly contrasted from the usual pancakes and eggs at my mess hall. Well, I was surprised to find that Grill 21 offered an outstanding brunch that satisfied all of my needs. This small, cozy restaurant is a treat to all who happen to discover it. The service is top of the line, as the waiters do their best to take care of you. The Filipino food packs a big punch for its low prices with great tasting selections. I recommend this restaurant to all who are looking for an inexpensive and delicious eatery that will make you keep coming back. While you are in Manhattan, you should definitely make it worth your while to come to Grill 21, because it has all that you really need when it comes to a restaurant.
Posted by MaryAnn on 01/30/2008
Once again I've had another great breakfast. I plan my trip from Rhode Island to make sure that I come to this restaurant. I think my next visit should be for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Aris, the chef, is always wonderful to us. I wish there was a restaurant like this near me!
Posted by enthusiast on 12/27/2007
grill 21 is a great find. My officemates and I would even trek all the way from our midtown location to the restaurant to grab their lunch special. Try their binagoongan. Its simply to die for.