Grill 21

★★★★☆
  • 346 E 21st St 1

    New York, NY 10010

    Cross street: at First Ave.

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  • 212-473-5950

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I went here last week for lunch and it was great! It is a small, authentic Filipino place that has a very cozy atmosphere. I have never had Filipino food before that, so it was nice to try something new and different. There is also a few

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★★★★★

I went here last week for lunch and it was great! It is a small, authentic Filipino place that has a very cozy atmosphere. I have never had Filipino food before that, so it was nice to try something new and different. There is also a few

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I went here since it was close to work. I liked the tocino but then again it's not really homemade.
The white husband of the owner is so annoying! He tries to speak tagalog but corny and obstrusive too! He keeps asking me where I'm from

3
★★★★★

I went here since it was close to work. I liked the tocino but then again it's not really homemade.
The white husband of the owner is so annoying! He tries to speak tagalog but corny and obstrusive too! He keeps asking me where I'm from

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I liked the sizzling sisig, pork adobo, bingoongan, tortang talong & pinakbet. However, my family did not appreciate the lady owner's remarks that we are such big people that we should order more food. How insulting! TACTLESS! We just ignored her. I have gone back a few times & luckily she wasn't around. The arroz caldo with tokwa't baboy is good comfort food.
As a Filipino New Yorker, I don't understand why Filipino restaurants scrimp on the quality of the ingredients, ie meats, poultry & sauces. I am willing to pay top dollar for the best.

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★★★☆☆

I liked the sizzling sisig, pork adobo, bingoongan, tortang talong & pinakbet. However, my family did not appreciate the lady owner's remarks that we are such big people that we should order more food. How insulting! TACTLESS! We just ignored her. I have gone back a few times & luckily she wasn't around. The arroz caldo with tokwa't baboy is good comfort food.
As a Filipino New Yorker, I don't understand why Filipino restaurants scrimp on the quality of the ingredients, ie meats, poultry & sauces. I am willing to pay top dollar for the best.

Pros: Clean, decent and buko pandan

Cons: lady owner can be tactless

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Food was sub-par. Correction: food is below sub-par. We ordered the lechon kawali (not crunchy and no salty taste to it), pork binagoongan (all salt, no flavor), pork BBQ (not tasty), molo soup (too much garlic), lumpia (tastes like frozen food), and crab & corn soup (tastes like those Nido instant soups -- Filipinos out there, you know what I'm talking about!). About the only good thing was the kalamansi juice, which came out of a can. Never again will we go to this restaurant. We're sticking to Queens, until something better comes along.

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★☆☆☆☆

Food was sub-par. Correction: food is below sub-par. We ordered the lechon kawali (not crunchy and no salty taste to it), pork binagoongan (all salt, no flavor), pork BBQ (not tasty), molo soup (too much garlic), lumpia (tastes like frozen food), and crab & corn soup (tastes like those Nido instant soups -- Filipinos out there, you know what I'm talking about!). About the only good thing was the kalamansi juice, which came out of a can. Never again will we go to this restaurant. We're sticking to Queens, until something better comes along.

Pros: Kalamansi juice

Cons: Lousy food, street parking, small place

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The place is tiny, and they had to struggle to accommodate our reservation for six. Soon our six turned into 15, but they still worked for us. It looked like they ran outside and pulled tables and chairs from some unknown cafe. The food was excellent. The pork dishes were oustanding, and the soups were so good 12 of us ordered second helpings. The staff treated us like part of the family! --Eat Club is a roving group of NYC gluttons

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★★★★★

The place is tiny, and they had to struggle to accommodate our reservation for six. Soon our six turned into 15, but they still worked for us. It looked like they ran outside and pulled tables and chairs from some unknown cafe. The food was excellent. The pork dishes were oustanding, and the soups were so good 12 of us ordered second helpings. The staff treated us like part of the family! --Eat Club is a roving group of NYC gluttons

Pros: Great food, great service, great ambience

Cons: Very little room!

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I recently had lunch there. Mango juice was in a can. Couldn't they pour it on a glass to make it more presentable? Dumpling soup was above average and had a strong celery flavor, which made it a non-Filipino soup. Bipstik or beef/onions stew was bad. It looked like bipstik but didn't taste or smell line one. I would still go back and try the others, again, with a critical sense of taste and smell. Just avoid their bipstik.

1
★★★☆☆

I recently had lunch there. Mango juice was in a can. Couldn't they pour it on a glass to make it more presentable? Dumpling soup was above average and had a strong celery flavor, which made it a non-Filipino soup. Bipstik or beef/onions stew was bad. It looked like bipstik but didn't taste or smell line one. I would still go back and try the others, again, with a critical sense of taste and smell. Just avoid their bipstik.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Not much to say as yet

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I just had dinner at Grill 21 with my non-Filipino friends and I think it's the best place to showcase real Filipino food with decent presentation that won't intimidate the non-native. I've tried Cendrillon but the food was over priced and I couldn't really say it was Filipino - plus flavor wasn't that great. Kuma Inn is more Thai, Pan-Asian, again - not really Filipino. You can't go wrong with Grill 21's BBQ dishes and laing. It has the traditional Filipino flavor and is presented very well so you can be proud to bring your friends over and say they've tried truly Philippine cuisine. Food was reasonably priced so I was very happy. Dessert wasn't that great though so you're better off taking them to the Baskin Robbins across the street afterwards.

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★★★★☆

I just had dinner at Grill 21 with my non-Filipino friends and I think it's the best place to showcase real Filipino food with decent presentation that won't intimidate the non-native. I've tried Cendrillon but the food was over priced and I couldn't really say it was Filipino - plus flavor wasn't that great. Kuma Inn is more Thai, Pan-Asian, again - not really Filipino. You can't go wrong with Grill 21's BBQ dishes and laing. It has the traditional Filipino flavor and is presented very well so you can be proud to bring your friends over and say they've tried truly Philippine cuisine. Food was reasonably priced so I was very happy. Dessert wasn't that great though so you're better off taking them to the Baskin Robbins across the street afterwards.

Pros: Ambience, food and price

Cons: dessert, location (far walk from any subway station)

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Food overall very good to excellent if you try the philipino specialties, great breakfast also. soup not as good as it sounds..Cannot speak to the rest which seems to cover most american bar food. The servers are extremely friendly and helpful. Owner can be a bit obtrusive. Last few times I was there he tried to get me to go to his spa or hair salon or something like that. Inexpensive

2
★★★★☆

Food overall very good to excellent if you try the philipino specialties, great breakfast also. soup not as good as it sounds..Cannot speak to the rest which seems to cover most american bar food. The servers are extremely friendly and helpful. Owner can be a bit obtrusive. Last few times I was there he tried to get me to go to his spa or hair salon or something like that. Inexpensive

Pros: Filipino food, price

Cons: owner

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I had the pleasure of finding this restaurant last week. My friend brought me along and he raved about the food here. I ordered the talapia and it came out perfect. I'm definetly going back to try more as the menu is huge!

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★★★★★

I had the pleasure of finding this restaurant last week. My friend brought me along and he raved about the food here. I ordered the talapia and it came out perfect. I'm definetly going back to try more as the menu is huge!

Pros: Great Service, Great Fish

Cons: A little crowded

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came out all wrong. when we finally got the right stuff, it was inedible ( coming from a person that eats just about anything). The owner gave us an appetizer to make up for an hour we spent waiting for our food. It was SO soaked in grease, I couldnt take more than a bite, but out of wanting to be polite somehow stuffed one in.

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★★☆☆☆

came out all wrong. when we finally got the right stuff, it was inedible ( coming from a person that eats just about anything). The owner gave us an appetizer to make up for an hour we spent waiting for our food. It was SO soaked in grease, I couldnt take more than a bite, but out of wanting to be polite somehow stuffed one in.

Pros: none

Cons: bad food, no atmosphere, bad service

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This is a must try place to eat! Everyone will enjoy the food even if you are not Philippine! It reminds me of the Philippine Independence Day Parade which you can experience the great food everyday not just June 12th!

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★★★★★

This is a must try place to eat! Everyone will enjoy the food even if you are not Philippine! It reminds me of the Philippine Independence Day Parade which you can experience the great food everyday not just June 12th!

Pros: Great personal service!

Cons: Food takes a while since it is freshly cooked so do not be in a hurry!

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Budget-friendly sit-down restaurant serves both American favorites like chicken wings and burgers, as well as more exotic Filipino specialties.

 

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