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Filipino Food: Payag Filipino Restaurant

  • Jun 7, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Let's go for Filipino food !

Attention: (Every individual order one favorite dish) We are going to eat Family Style with serving spoon, Do not RSVP if Family style is not for you. we will split the final bill of food . Every individual is responsible to pay their own drinks.

Payment: Cash Only! (Please Bring change to make organizer job easy)

Please take your RSVP seriously as other guests often have to be turned away. There will be a $2.00 organization fee for this meetup to be collected at the day of the event.

(Please understand and appreciate that the organizer has to research the venue, go in person to check the place, talk to the manager for the reservation, take time to make this informative meetup page. be at event earlier and leave late. Collecting the Money from each individuals, since most restaurant doesn't split the bill. The $2.00 organization fee is to keep the organization and easy-going. Please do not RSVP if you don't agreed.)


Here is the some yelp reviews and pictures of the food


PAYAG: finally a Classy Filipino restaurant in Queens with savory taste and an ambience worth feeling. From the your first step inside to the first sip of their cucumber mint water, it'll take you 24 hours away in Makati eating at Greenbelt

Being an avid eater of Filipino Food, this restaurant finally is bringing "Filipinoness" into the Mainstream World. The moment you step in, you see the Philippines top-notch ambience with everything imported from Cebu, specifically hand chosen and custom designed. The food presentation as if we were in a 5 star restaurant. The taste of food sweeps you away as if your having dinner a Greenbelt in Makati, Philippines.

As an Event Planner, this place is my top choice above all the Filipino Resturants in NYC as everything was detailed and NOT the typical filipino restaurant. They thought out of the box and showcasing the best of the Philippines in NYC!


Scoped out this new Filipino restaurant with a number of friends for dinner and we were all pretty impressed with the ambiance considering that it is located under the 7 train in Woodside.


The decorations, tables and chairs were designed and imported from Cebu, Philippines. There is a decent size area downstairs for events, the walls have artworks displayed to support Filipino artists, and it appears that both levels of the restaurant is equipped to allow musical performances.

Baked mussels

The food serving is not as generous as what you would commonly find in other Filipino restaurants but I expected less food with more effort on aesthetics as this place is proud to have six or seven chefs from high end hotels.

Escabeche sa Payag

The beautiful presentation and the slight twist in the taste of their food is evidence that they employ chefs as opposed to cooks. Their executive chef and pastry chef actually came out to greet our table. Very nice touch.

Halabos Na Hipon (shrimp)

The owner/ partner was also extremely friendly and treated our table with three servings of dessert. I requested halo-halo but it is one of the few things they do not serve yet. Their menu is still evolving.

Where great dining meets Philippine cultural cuisine -- Filipino food isn't exactly renowned for their presentation and appearance of their culinary dishes,

however Payag manages to hurdle over the notoriously unappealing appearance of authentic Philippine foods. Not only that their food looked tantalizing, it actually tasted great!

(Either that or I was a seriously deprived college student coming back home to stuff my face full of Filipino food xD).

As for appearance -- compared to the other Filipino restaurants in the area, this restaurant blows them away by the ambient environment.

Everyone has heard of a decent sit-in Thai, Japanese, Malaysian, Korean, Chinese etc. (end of thinking capacity) restaurant, but have you ever heard of a decent Filipino sit in restaurant? Well not until now you haven't. This truly is a type of restaurant where you won't be embarrassed to bring a friend from different cultural backgrounds so they could experience the food of the Philippine cultural.

Now into greater detail of the food we ate. We ordered Kare-Kare, Sisig, Lechon Kawali, and other foods that I can't spell out. The Kare-Kare was great, something reminiscent to my grandmothers cooking.

The Lechon Kawali was great as well, the texture of the crunchy skin, the tender meat and the gelatinous fat was simply irresistible.

As for the Sisig (I never had it before until now) it was actually pretty good (although I found it a bit spicy).


There was other food on the table that the rest of my party had and all seemed content with it with no complaints! Smiles all around from what I saw.



As for dessert, they serve Halo-Halo which came in a large bowl fit enough to feed 2-3 people!

Oh and don't forget the avocado shake! That's a great choice as a refreshment!



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  • Elizabeth

    J D ,We had to pay your beer bill on the bar.

    Please when you can give us the money back. If you are around please come back we still here.



    June 7, 2013

    • j d

      Are you sure? I remember handing $10 to the sweet girl next to you and she gave me $2 back. Remember? I only had one beer...

      June 7, 2013

    • j d

      Well, sorry, you guys. I'll make it up to you next meet up. I didn't do that on purpose. I swear.

      June 9, 2013

  • Chris B.

    I will try to make it.

    June 7, 2013

    • Elizabeth

      chris, you will be here, I will wait. woahaha!

      June 7, 2013

  • Moe

    Sent u an email

    June 7, 2013

  • Moe

    I may have to work late friday night. Ill know in the afternoon. Im leaving it as a yes for now. :)

    June 6, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Is Happening Tomorrow! If you RSVP YES, we expect you to take your RSVP seriously by actually showing up. Change Your RSVP Now if you don't think you can make it, Do note that flaking behavior or last day RSVP change is not tolerated in this group.

    Can't wait to see you all ! Yummy!

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • manasi

    just changed rsvp

    June 1, 2013

  • Joy

    Yay, Filipino food - yummy!

    May 31, 2013

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