Thursday, April 24, 2014

Flip Out

All aboard Jeepney, the EV's new Filipino gastropub

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Meatloaf. Naked Filipino pin-ups. A garden full of tropical libations.

No, you haven't died and gone to halo-halo heaven.

This is Jeepney, the new Filipino gastro-lounge from the guys behind Maharlika. But with its mountains of milky shaved ice and flash-fried pork belly, no one would blame you for thinking this was some kind of Southeast Asian sanctuary.

Named after those pimped-out WWII jeeps that serve as public transport in the Philippines, Jeepney's decked out in tin walls and wild tabletop art. Oh, and those busty pin-up girls, too.

Out back, a trellised garden sets the stage for a burger topped with longganisa sausage and schmeared with Kewpie-Maggi aïoli, king prawn tamales served with pork floss, and that dense meatloaf with mashed sweet potatoes.

The chili-spiked sangria, the bitter-melon-topped white wine cocktails, and the endless bottles of Asian beers are a fine follow-up.

Fine, just call it heaven.

Jeepney facebook.com
201 1st Ave. (E. 12th St.), East Village
(212) 533-4121
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Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: L to 1st Ave.
Scene: EV Maharlika fans
Hot seat: Take advantage of the few temperate days left in the year in the backyard garden
Best bets: Flash-fried pork belly; Filipino meatloaf; Ayala Ave. cocktail
Extreme Eats: If you're brave enough, try the balut
Nearby: Bishops & Barons; The Beagle; Tepito

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