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Pop-up Filipino Brunch at Maharlika
April 23, 2011, 3:52 pm
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When pop-up restaurant Maharlika first began serving Filipino brunch over at the Resto Leon space in the East Village, it generated a lot of buzz. They are only open on weekends from 11 am to 3 pm, and reservations are strongly recommended as it’s always booked. You are not only competing with adventurous East Village hipsters for a seat, you’ve got to beat out the Filipino lolas.

I checked it out for the first time last weekend, and I was stoked. There was no pancit or lumpia there. Instead, Maharlika offers modern Filipino cuisine adapted for brunch – most menu items feature eggs – and the presentation is less home-style and more upscale. Shown below: arroz caldo (chicken porridge), sisig (crispy pig snout, cheek, ear) served with garlic rice and egg in sizzling cast iron griddle, stuffed adobo chicken wings with garlic rice and scrambled egg. This is not really light fare, so go with your appetite intact. It’s delicious.

GM Nicole Ponseca is absolutely charming. She bubbled on about the food at Maharlika and Filipino cuisine in general, and she mentioned Maharlika would be doing a special event on May 14th at Imelda Marcos’ former home (which is currently home to the ambassador of the Philippines). The proceeds from that event will go towards the Philippine Independence Day Parade taking place on June 6.

They’ve just been told they will need to vacate the Resto Leon space by May 15th, however, as Resto Leon has decided to start serving brunch. So this is (possibly) your last chance! (They’re looking for another spot in the East Village that will let them do brunch – I recommended that they approach The Redhead). Make your reservations now – there are only a few weekends between now and May 15!

Eat: Maharlika (at the Resto Leon space in East Village) 351 East 12th Street at 1st Ave, New York NY 10003. Saturdays and Sundays until May 15th, 11 am to 3 pm. E-mail for reservations. 917-710-5457. Walk-ins accepted for parties of 2 or 4, but be prepared to wait.


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Look out for the new location where they “pop-up” at 5ninth in the Meat Packing district in June!!

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