Jeepney, East Village

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NEW YORK CITY | Named after the WWII jeeps left behind by US occupation that Filipinos then took over and turned into a mode of transport that’s uniquely Filipino, Jeepney is one of NYC’s must visit eating destinations.

Walking inside feels like stepping into a bar in Manilla. It’s loud, bright, colourful, and a whole lot of fun, with an eclectic mix of decorations and 80s/90s hits pumping through the sound system.⁣

The food here is unashamedly Filipino, and is where owners Nicole Ponesca and Miguel Trinidad showcase the depth of flavours that Filipino cuisine offers. I was dining solo when I visited so had to choose well. Thankfully the staff were happy to take me through the menu and while I over ordered, they packed my leftovers away for me in biodegradable containers.

All three things I ordered were delicious. Beef And Pork Dinuguan At Puto is a sort of stew/paste of boneless pork shoulder, beef blood, sugarcane vinegar, bay leaf, chili, rice flour puto. It’s unlike anything I’ve eaten before and is outstanding. Definitely order it with a serve of the garlic rice.

Sigsig tacos see a corn tortilla come filled with pig ears, cheek, snout, belly, sili, red onions, kalamansi, cilantro, and avocado crema. They’re rich in flavour and texturally complex. Fried tripe with spicy banana ketchup, meanwhile, is a great introduction to those who may be wary of tripe. It’s tender on the inside with wonderfully crispy exterior.

What I didn’t get to try, the picture you see above with all of the food laid out on banana leaves, is the nightly Kamayan, which has to be booked at least two weeks in advance. You get together with a group of friends and eat your way through a feast of assorted dishes, all served atop banana leaves. You use your hands. No silverware, no plates, no cutlery. I was on my little table in the corner but the two large groups that were doing the Kamayan certainly looked they were having the time of their lives, with loads of food and cocktails.

No matter what Jeepney experience you have, you really can’t go wrong.

Jeepney

201 1st Avenue
New York
New York 10003
United States

Telephone: 212 533 4121
E-mail: [email protected]
Website

Open
Mon – Thu: 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Fri: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Sat: 11:00am to 3:30pm; 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Sun: 11:00am to 3:30pm; 5:00pm to 10:00pm

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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