For the past couple of years, we’ve seen countless international franchises reach our shores, like the ones from Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. However, there are a handful that have crossed oceans and continents to get here, such as these five restaurants on our rundown!
Hailing from the hustle and bustle of New York, these restaurants brought the best of the NYC foodie scene to Manila. Can you guess what these five restaurants are? Read on and find out!
1. M Bakery
Thanks to one Carrie Bradshaw and the show Sex and the City, Magnolia Bakery shot to fame as one of New York’s most iconic places. Though it has much to thank pop culture for its popularity, it can’t be denied the Magnolia Bakery’s sweet treats have a gained a loyal following for being so yummy and mouthwatering!
Lucky for all of us in Manila, we no longer have to splurge on a plane ticket to NYC just to try these desserts because Magnolia Bakery is finally here! Shortening its name to M Bakery, foodies have been heading straight to its branch in BGC to try its offerings, which includes the famed Banana Pudding!
“You can’t visit M Bakery without getting the Banana Pudding,” says Ruth S. in her looloo review. “It’s like banoffee pie minus the crust.”
“It tastes deliciously sweet and addictive,” EJ B. describes in his own looloo review. “No wonder why it’s so famous.”
M Bakery can be found on the G/F of One Bonifacio High Street, 5th Ave. corner 28th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
2. Mighty Quinn’s
Barbecued meat is a popular staple of American cuisine and Mighty Quinn’s is one of the best places to get your fix. Opened in New York back in 2012, Mighty Quinn’s Manila branch arrived just four years later and is one of the brand’s three international locations.
Not quite sure what kind of meat to order? A favorite among the looloo app users is the Beef Brisket! “Mighty Quinn’s Beef Brisket is tender, flavorful, and succulent,” says Khaimah B. in her looloo review. “Combined with the original BBQ sauce, there’s an explosion of flavor in every bite.” Khaimah also recommends pairing the brisket and sauce with Mighty Quinn’s Dirty Rice to balance out the flavors!
Mighty Quinn’s can be found at these locations.
3. The Halal Guys
Given the popularity and iconic status that The Halal Guys now enjoys, it can be hard to imagine its humble beginnings on the streets of NYC in 1990. Believe it or not, it started as a humble hot dog cart. The owners eventually saw the demand for halal food and from there, the famous gyro and chicken platters were born.
With its first Manila branch opening three years ago, foodies here in Metro Manila can now have their fill of these platters without having to go all the way to NYC! Aside from chicken and gyro, you can also opt for falafel or a combination of chicken and beef for your platter. We recommend using the signature white sauce generously and mixing the different ingredients on your platter for maximum flavor!
The Halal Guys can be found at these locations.
4. Dean & DeLuca
Dean & DeLuca has been around for over 40 years now and is known in New York as an upscale grocery store filled with gourmet food. While there are specialty goods available in its local branches, Dean & DeLuca is more known as a restaurant here in Manila serving up delicious and picture-perfect cafe food and drinks.
Once you enter any Dean & DeLuca branch, you can easily be enticed by its lineup of cakes and other pastries that you’ll find at the counter. If you’re looking to have a heftier meal, Dean & DeLuca serves up a variety of menu offerings, including pizzas, pastas, and even grain bowls!
Dean & DeLuca can be found at these locations.
5. Purple Yam
The husband and wife tandem of Romy Dorotan and Amy Besa are often credited as the pioneers who introduced the NYC crowd to Filipino cuisine with their first restaurant, Cendrillon. Unfortunately, they had to close Cendrillon down, but eventually opened Purple Yam in Brooklyn.
Much to the delight of everyone who wanted to taste what Purple Yam has to offer, the local branch opened its doors in 2014. Situated in the renovated old family home of Amy Besa, Purple Yam has limited seating so reservations are required if you want to dine here. Don’t forget this important piece of info to have a hassle-free experience!
In his looloo review, Albert T. says that his dining experience at Purple Yam turned out to be enjoyable. “After all was said and done, we left with a wonderful feeling (and filling),” he says.
Purple Yam can be found at these locations.