Filipino Food: Payag Filipino Restaurant

  • February 22, 2014 · 7:15 PM
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Let's go for Filipino food !

Payment: Cash Only!

Style : Family Style (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.


lechon kawali is a must order

sizzling dishes are very good too.

and the drink Avocado Shake is really yummy too

The Cost of Food without Drink should be around $20-$30 per person. Cash only!

With Drinks ( Can go from $30- $50 or more depends what do you drink) Cash only!

Please take your RSVP seriously as other guests often have to be turned away. There will be a $3.00 organization fee for this meetup to be collected at the day of the event.


Pictures from our previous events on Payag :)

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


. 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

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.”

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  • Shana R.

    My first time eating Filipino food! I had such a great time. The food was delicious and the company was even better!

    2 · February 24, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      Thank you shana! You are the best!

      February 24, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      And chun good job on taking the pictures!

      1 · February 24, 2014

  • Jessie A.

    Great job Jess!

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Jasmine H

    Jessica - thank you for putting this together. This was my first meet-up ever and I really enjoyed both the food and the company. Look forward to the next fun event!

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      thank You Jasmine for nice review!!!!

      February 23, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Many thanks to everyone for coming last night. I had great time, food and company are great! see you guys soon!

    February 23, 2014

  • Glen C

    Hey all! I'm running a little late :( but should be there by 7:25 or so. See u soon!

    February 22, 2014

  • Jessie A.


    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Looking FWD to see everyone soon!

    February 22, 2014

  • Jasmine H

    Yay! I was born in the Philippines & am excited to meet people who are interested in tasting food from my homeland.

    February 10, 2014

  • Al

    Im down!!

    February 9, 2014

  • Al

    Im down!!

    1 · January 20, 2014

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