2014 After new year Dinner : Filipino Food: Payag Filipino Restaurant

  • January 4, 2014 · 7:15 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Let's go for Filipino food !

Payment: Cash Only!

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.


Here is review and pictures from yelp



we went to what is technically Woodside (52nd street at Roosevelt Ave, right under the subway stop) to the year-old Filipino restaurant Payag. We actually went there on opening day last year (before I started this blog), and it’s changed quite a bit. It’s relatively upscale (courteous hostess, bar, live music, fancy decor) but the prices are in the medium range.

Payag Filipino Restaurant

Payag Filipino Restaurant

I am not quite sure what the “redefined” means since I haven’t really been to any other pure Filipino restaurants.

Baked mussels

Baked mussels

There is a large variety of appetizers, which are strangely almost the same size and price as regular entrees. These baked mussels ($9) topped with cheese were good, although I am not the best at judging them since I have a bit of an aversion to mussels/oysters/clams. I actually ate some great oysters in Maryland last month, and when I ordered this I mistakenly got my oysters and mussels mixed up, but it was ok. Still though, I think oysters>mussels.

Escabeche sa Payag

Escabeche sa Payag

It’s hard to tell from this picture, but this was actually a fish dish (red snapper) ($11). The fish had a strong but good taste and the unusual sauce and peppers definitely make it an original dish.

Halabos Na Hipon (shrimp)

Halabos Na Hipon (shrimp)


When I ordered the “Halabos Na Hipon” ($13), which was basically described as shrimp, I didn’t know what I was in for. First off – it’s literally just shrimp – pretty much nothing else, other than the sauce. Second of all, it’s the entire shrimp – head, eyes, legs, and all. This was my first time eating whole shrimp, so it was a bit of a challenge, and I got my hands real messy. It’s almost like shucking crabs, in that you have to extract all the meat from the exoskeleton. The shrimp tastes like…. well, shrimp – albeit very fresh. The accompanying sauce was very good though.

Shrimp after battle

Here is a picture of all the shrimp after my epic battle with them. Victory is mine! Emilia claimed that you’re actually supposed to eat the heads, and to prove it she tried one, but I don’t think that was such a good idea. She described them as “crunchy” and “hard to swallow.”

Filipino Decor







Join or login to comment.

  • Tracy

    I had a fun time! Good group of people. Looking forward to the next one

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Chris B.

    Just returned from the Father land and am feeling down being back so count me in.

    January 4, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      Welcome back to your sister land!

      January 4, 2014

  • Stephanie

    Sorry for the same day cancellation. Woke up feeling under the weather.

    January 4, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Guys, This is happening soon! Can't wait Yummy!

    January 4, 2014

20 went

Your organizer's refund policy for 2014 After new year Dinner : Filipino Food: Payag Filipino Restaurant

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Imagine having a community behind you

Get started Learn more

I decided to start Reno Motorcycle Riders Group because I wanted to be part of a group of people who enjoyed my passion... I was excited and nervous. Our group has grown by leaps and bounds. I never thought it would be this big.

Henry, started Reno Motorcycle Riders

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy