New York Filipino restaurant Maharlika closes down

Located at the East Village of New York City, modern Filipino fare restaurant Maharlika is closing its doors after 8 years of business

MANILA, Philippines – Modern Filipino fare restaurant Maharlika, located at the East Village of New York City, has shut down operations after 8 years of business. 

 

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A post shared by Maharlika Filipino Moderno  (@maharlikanyc) on May 17, 2019 at 7:30am PDT

According to an NY Eater report, the restaurant owned by Filipino restaurateurs Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad  had a sign on its door announcing its closure, effective December 8. Ponseca reportedly said the decision to close down Maharlika was to “streamline operations.”

Maharlika also shared the news on Instagram, inviting diners to celebrate with them “one last time” on December 10. 

“Drop by to run your fingers across your favorite chair, take a photo, or relive a memory or two. We’ll be there to say thank you and paalam, Maharlika,” Maharlika said in the post.

 

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Ponseca and Trinidad opened Maharlika in 2011 after its humble brunch pop-up origin. Through the years, it grew to be one of New York’s top Filipino restaurants, serving Filipino-American fusion dishes, such as ube (purple yam) waffles with fried chicken, Eggs Benedict with Spam and calamansi hollandaise sauce, and uni palabok.

Other crowd favorites include the traditional bibingka topped with shredded coconut, salted egg, keso de bola, and guava jam; pancit bihon with prawns; kalderatang kambing; sisig; and crispy pata.

 

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Ponseca and Trinidad also own casual Filipino restaurant Jeepney, which is located nearby, and will still continue its operations and house some of Maharlika’s well-known dishes. Jeepney is known for their “Kamayan Nights” – the traditional boodle fight dining experience. 

 

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Ponseca and Trinidad are the authors of the best-selling Filipino cookbook, I Am A Filipino, which was nominated for a James Beard award in March 2019, and mentioned in The New Yorker’s list of Best Food Books of 2018. – Rappler.com