My first Subway Series back from Miami will be a short trip to Bilao which is a Filipino restaurant on the Upper East Side on 1437 1st Avenue between East 75th & 74th streets.
After a long 11-day trip out to Miami, I’m so happy to be back home in NYC and out and about again around Manhattan. While having the opportunity to go around Miami basking under the sunshine it does feel a bit nostalgic to come back to a rainy cold spring like New York City.
Bilao meaning a flat round shape, circular winnower or tray which normally holds pancit has been a synonymous symbol to Filipino cuisine for quite some time now. Bilao was opened by 3 nurses who all work at the Mount Sinai Hospital on 100th and Madison St. Marie Dinopol, Joan Calanog and Jude Canela are the brainchild behind this new Filipino concept.
This is such an amazing and inspiring story to see 3 young entrepreneurs doing their part in promoting Philippine Food and Culture here in New York City. The walls of the space are decorated with different sized bilao’s sure to whet your appetite as you make your way to the dining room.
My meal was about to commence and the first dish to arrive was the Bicol express which was stewed in a rich coconut milk broth, the pork was so nice and tender that I almost halved my garlic rice right away Tocilog shortly followed which are sweet strips of cured pork with garlic fried rice and egg. This is a staple for breakfast and easily 1 of their top selling dishes.
Lastly I could not leave Bilao without having some “Halo-Halo” for dessert and this automatically reminded me of sunny afternoons in the Philippines eating this ice cold delicacy with my late father for merienda. Bilao thank you for such an amazing meal and I’m so happy that you are just a 5 minute trip from my place… I’ll be back for more soon…