|Photo: Amanda Spurlock|
As Maharlika co-owner Nicole Ponseca will attest, jaded New Yorkers have been exposed to a lot when it comes to food, making it difficult to surprise anyone. At sibling restaurant Jeepney, the Filipino gastropub ups the ante with its Kamayan dinners, where guests are treated to a family-style feast sans plates, napkins and utensils.
Rooted in pre-colonial traditions, these suppers give groups of four or more a chance to taste authentic eats while (for many) experiencing something brand new. Two appetizers and three entrees are chosen to share, and are presented on banana leaves along with rice, tocino (pork), longanisa (sausage) and ensalada, with halo halo for dessert. At $40 per person, you're getting a lot of food, and there are hearty, flavorful options - think head-on shrimp with garlic, ginger, vinegar and bay leaf; salted blue crabs; and beef cooked in pork blood with vinegar, bay leaf and San Miguel Lager. We're going to cheat and not pick a favorite (too difficult), but do us a favor by telling us yours after you go. Bonus pro tip: if you want to document the meal, make sure to whip out that camera beforehand - otherwise prepare to be cleaning it for days (Thursdays; call 212-533-4121).