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Two Filipino Restaurants Make Time Out's 100 Best Restaurants in New York

They're pioneers of Filipino food overseas.
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Purple Yam and Jeepney have once again been recognized as some of the most stellar restaurant in New York City. The pioneering Filipino restaurants are ranked 84th and 98th, respectively, on Time Out's esteemed list of 100 Best New York restaurants

Purple Yam, owned by husband-and-wife team Romy Dorotan and Amy Besa, opened in New York in 2009. Its menu is rooted in Filipino cuisine, but it finds influence from other Southeast Asian and Chinese flavors. It's been recognized by the New York Times and was included in the 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmand list of 133 restaurants to try in New York. That same year, Purple Yam Malate was also included in the Daily Meal's list of 101 Best Restaurants in Asia. Prior to Purple Yam, Chef Romy owned Cendrillon, another trailblazing Filipino restaurant in New York, that lasted from 1998 to 2009. 

In its description about Purple Yam, Time Out writes, "None of the fare coming out of the kitchen—from the kare kare to the macapuno to the funky fermented shrimp paste (bagoong alamang)—seems to be tempered to win over nonnative palates." It also recommends champorado, lechon kawali, and buco pie. 

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Jeepney, on the other hand, is the second restaurant of owner Nicole Ponseca and chef Miguel Trinidad, the first being Maharlika. Earning the approval of New York Times critic Pete Wells, Jeepney takes a more casual approach to Filipino food. It also introduced other facets of Filipino culture, including hosting Filipino History Month and initiating New York to a new world of kamayan, which Time Out says is the best way to experience the restaurant: "The best way to get an overview of the restaurant’s full range of funky flavors is to sign up for the Thursday-night-only Kamayan Feast, a utensil-free extravaganza (literal translation: eat with your hands)."

Purple Yam is at 1314 Cortelyou Rd Brooklyn; Jeepney is at 201 First Avenue, New York.

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