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Jeepney

Neighborhood: East Village
Address: 201 1st Ave.
Website: jeepneynyc.com

Filipino food is really hard to explain. Especially to my white friends. They just know "balut," which is essentially aborted duck fetus-in a shell. Now I can just take them here, and be like: "This right here is sisig. This will change your life." It also doesn't hurt that the clientele consists of a steady rotation of the freshest-looking Filipinos in New York. -Jian DeLeon

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