The Filipino food is getting more exposure in America’s East Coast.
The Philippine Consulate in New York collaborated with Filipino-American restaurateurs to launch the first-ever Filipino Restaurant Week which will be held May 11 to May 23.
For a fixed rate of $25 for lunch and $35 for dinner, local and visiting foodies can try Filipino food fare at a fraction of their usual prices. More than a dozen Filipino restaurants will be showcasing Pinoy food for lunch and dinner in the event inspired by the popular New York Restaurant Week.
“This is a coming out event for the Filipino community to mainstream US society,” Philippine Consul General Mario De Leon said. “This will give the Filipino community here pride in our cuisine.”
Local restaurant owners were delighted of the plan.
“I’m really happy that we are actually having a Filipino Restaurant Week. So the curiosity a lot of people have, always wanting to try something new, is what I hope most people would discover,” Manny Imperial of Staten Island’s Fil-Am Kusina said.
Only recently, the Washington Post published an article, “At long last, Filipino food arrives. What took it so long?” which credited Purple Yam and restaurant group Maharlika and Jeepney for introducing a more upscale and modern approach on Filipino cuisine to non-Filipino markets in New York.
Yanina Erman, PR Rep for Jeepney and Maharlika, said, “It kind of borrowed the idea of Food Week from New York and how wildly successful that is.”
For a list of participating restaurants and menus served, click here.