This is not like your mama’s cooking — we’d never want to lay claim to such a bold statement like that one. It’s also not the kind of restaurant you’ve come to expect from a Filipino restaurant. …and that’s the point.

Don’t get us wrong…we do love us some hearty grub from our Turo-Turo’s and mom-and-pop joints, but did it ever cross your mind that Filipino food has never fully crossed over? Did it ever cross your mind that our Asian sisters — namely, Thai, Vietnam, Korea, Malaysia, India, and on and on and on — have seen some culinary love while our food has remained in the shadows of our kitchen cupboards?

We love us some pad thai, bibimbop, dim sum and don’t even get us started on pho. We’ll hit up Bowery Noodle Shop anytime. We could wax-poetic ’bout some dope spot in Flushing, or how we crave K-town at 3am. We just thought it was ’bout time Filipino Food got a little attention. Don’t you?

At Maharlika Filipino Moderno, we proudly feature the classic dishes that we have grown up with and have come to love. We also create fresh and delightful new dishes that are influenced by the flavors found in the Philippines. Though Filipino food is arguably the original fusion cuisine with its cultural influences from Spain, Malaysia, China, America and indigenous ingredients and flavors, Maharlika Filipino Moderno is not a fusion restaurant. Our dishes are 100% Pinoy, with special attention to ingredients, preparation, and presentation.

We are certainly not the first Filipino restaurant…there are a handful of wonderful Filipino restaurants found in pockets of the United States. From Queens to Daly City, if you want Filipino food, we can suggest a lot of great places. However, if you are curious about how Filipino food can be re-interpreted with attention to detail, with careful selection of ingredients, and with preparation that can finally push Filipino food forward, we hope you become part of our family. If you are looking for a place to take your clients, your boyfriend, or a place to bring the in-laws…come on in. Join us for dinner…or lunch…or brunch.

Reservations are highly recommended for brunch and weekend dinners.

Please call us at 646 392 7880 for reservations, catering and investment opportunities. Also visit our sister restaurant, Jeepney Filipino Gastropub at 201 1st Ave New York, NY 10003 (212 533 4121)

Kain na (let’s eat).

-The Maharlikans


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