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.
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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