Pig And Khao And Jeepney - Filipino Cuisine In NYC

Filipino food takes New York

Filipino-minded restaurants seem to sprout in this city in double debuts. Bar Kada and Maharlika already share a First Avenue address; now the new Pig and Khao and Jeepney are doing their delicious darnedest to colonize the East Side with mouth-quaking flavor.

Pig and Khao: Ironically, Top Chef-alum Leah Cohen was none too fond of her Filipina mother's cooking growing up. Let's count our lucky stars for maturity's wisdom as the dishes on Cohen's jet-setting Asian menu are standouts. For the sisig ($12), a hash heaven of crisp porcine head, chewy ears, red onion, garlic and ginger is served sizzling with a broken egg on top for extra good measure. 68 Clinton St. (at Rivington St.); 212-920-4485 or pigandkhao.com

Jeepney: The closure of Sa Aming Nayon, a home-style Filipino restaurant, has ushered in this spot in the same space from the owners of Maharlika. That lovely funk doesn't merely permeate the d├ęcor, what with its flamboyant paint job and cheeky girlie photos. It also cuts through the food. It's there in a cucumber and snow pea salad ($14) with a double whammy of dried and salted fish and pork shoulder, garlicky sausage and pickled chiles drowned happily in coconut milk ($12 half-serving, $22 whole). 201 First Ave. (between E. 12th and E. 13th sts.); 212-533-4121 or jeepneynyc.com