Recommended by : Jeannie Mai (TV Personality)

Cuisine:Filipino. Price: $$. Location: .

Beginning its life as a weekend brunch pop-up at various restaurants, Maharlika now serves its modern Filipino fare out of a permanent location in the East Village. Hip yet cheesy decor makes for a fun place to explore an unfamiliar cuisine with friends. From spam fries to chicken and ube waffles to lamb adobo, there’s not one familiar thing a non-Filipino will find on the menu. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try some balut, a local delicacy of fertilized duck egg.