Filipino Comfort Food

Open 7 days a week.


Maharlika Filipino Moderno opened it's doors as a pop-up restaurant in the winter of 2011.  A neighborhood type restaurant, its name means "Royalty" in Tagalog.  The word Maha and Leeka translates to "Noble Work" in Sanskrit.  Some Asian historians argue Maharlika is the original name of the 7,107 islands that comprise the Philippines.  The name was handpicked as an homage to the life, times and food of the Global Pinoy.

With images of 1973 Miss Universe, Jeepney's, family portraits, and a giant wooden fork + spoon displayed prominently, Maharlika is a place where the Philippine's pop culture and everyday life's musings are honored.  The family envisioned a space where Filipino's hospitality and food is a thoughtful showpiece and not an afterthought. The Restaurant, located in downtown Manhattan, is home to local and visiting Pinoys and our friends, who look for comforting and caring Filipino food + service + style.  

Maharlika Filipino Moderno is open for lunch, brunch and dinner Monday through Sunday and reservations are welcome and recommended for brunch and dinner.  The menu is small by the current standard of Philippine restaurants. It features a curated selection of Filipino classic dishes as well as inventive dishes that use 100% percent Philippine ingredients and flavors.  You'll find dishes like Pampangan-style sizzling sisig, Oxtail Kare Kare and our popular Flip'd Fried Chicken and Ube Waffle with macapuno syrup. The menu changes periodically to highlight seasonal ingredients or shine light on a new dish.  Don't forget our award-winning "Paquiao's Punch", our original drink that was voted one of the top cocktails nationwide.  Maybe you fancy a light cocktail--we've got the Lea Salonga, the Hilda Koronel and, of course, the Sharon Cuneta.  The result is a menu that is familiar yet different...hearty but refined...soulful and reserved...proud but not boastful.  

The menu may be enjoyed family style and shared amongst friends.  However, we do suggest western-style dining with a traditional per person selection of an appetizer + entree + dessert.  In the spirit of modern dining, Maharlika proudly has vegetarian, vegan and gluten free offerings.  We also suggest dining with a spoon + fork (thought a knife may be offered upon request).  

Maharlika has garnered much attention on New York’s culinary scene from its initial opening including a glowing review in the New York Times and the award for “Best New Resturant” by Metromix. Maharlika Filipino Moderno has been a pioneer in the food world and is recognized by Timeout NY (best new food), Tasting Table (Top 10 cocktail with Pacquiao Punch), Complex Magazine (Top Restaurant for 2012), (entrepreneurship) and The Huffington Post (Best Cuisine: Nouveau Filipino)  as a major player in the dining scene.  

All of us at Maharlika Filipino Moderno is on a mission to push Filipino food further and further into the vocabulary of our food world.  We want to make Filipino's proud and help foster a community for Philippine pride.  We are convinced that modern Filipino food has a place at the culinary table.  We hope you will join us.  Kain na (let's eat).

111 First Avenue @ Seventh Street New York, NY
The Huffington Post
December 23, 2011

The Huffington Post names our arroz caldo as one of their top foods of 2011.

Time Out New York
October 05, 2011

Time Out New York gives a "thumbs up" to our crispy sisig!

The New York Times
November 15, 2011

Is this for real? Please pinch me.

New York Daily News
December 31, 1969

Maharlika in the East Village puts modern spin on traditional Filipino fare. One pot dishes like Kare Kare are updated with fresh steamed vegetables 

Grub Street New York
July 08, 2012

Chef Miguel Trinidad is among the list of New York chefs creating innovative changes in asian cuisine.

Rogue Magazine
November 01, 2011

Philippine publication, Rogue Magazine, shines light on Maharlika as filipino food breaks ground into the limelight.

December 15, 2012

Best of 2012

Complex Magazine
December 21, 2011

The 25 best new restaurants of 2011

Tasting Table
December 16, 2011

The best cocktails of 2011