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Filippino food has not been on the culinary radar just yet, but that is about to change with the influx of Filippinos across the city. One special place is Phil-Am Kusina in the tk section of... Read More
Filippino food has not been on the culinary radar just yet, but that is about to change with the influx of Filippinos across the city. One special place is Phil-Am Kusina in the tk section of far-flung Staten Island. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-8PM, they feature what I like to call a "personalized buffet" or Kamayan Menu, for a minimum of 5-6. A communal meal that you dive into and eat with your hands. The entire table is covered with banana leaves and no utensils needed; there is a wonderfully uninhibited feeling about being one with your food. The Kamayan Menu costs $25 to $30 depending on your emphasis. Seafood is a more expensive delicacy. But it is very much like a buffet with three choices of appetizers, four sides, three meat and fish platters or a crown roast, no lie. This is a banquet not a buffet.
- Buffet: "You've tried all the rest: from Chinese to Indian to Mexican, time for a little Filipino flavor. Time your visit for Tuesdays or Thursdays when it is polite to eat with your hands. BYOB and no cork fee."
- Best for Buffet Because: Because this is a dining experience not easily replicated and because Filipino cuisine is joyful, sweet and salty, smooth and crackly.