Where to brunch this weekend: Maharlika, a Filipino pop-up in the East Village
Fri Jan 14 2011
Pop-up restaurants seem to be the early front-runner for food trend of 2011. Fatty Johnson's, a collaboration between Zak Pelaccio (Fatty Crab) and boldfaced-name guest bartenders such as cocktail guru David Wondrich, has become an overnight hot spot, while Dovetail toque John Fraser's What Happens When—a temporary restaurant that changes its menu and decor every 30 days over a period of nine months—is set to open in the next couple of weeks.
This weekend, we'll get a taste of another kind of pop-up, this time spotlighting one of New York's lesser-seen cuisines: Enzo Lim (head barkeep at Minetta Tavern) and Nicole Ponseca (GM at Juliette) will pay tribute to their heritage with the Filipino pop-up Maharlika.
Chef Miguel Trinidad (Lola) will be dishing out inspired brunch plates, including the Sizzling Sisig (grilled pig's ears, snout and cheek sauted with spices and chilies); mango-stuffed French toast with carmelized young coconut; and the Egg Imelda—a Southeast Asian take on eggs Florentine featuring taro root leaves and coconut milk served on pan de sal (a traditional bread) and topped with grilled prawns.
Lim's expertly mixed eye-openers will also have a tropical bent, including a Bloody Mary flavored with fish sauce and the citrus kalamansi, and a michelada made with the Filipino beer San Miguel. For teetotalers, the hard-to-find Filipino root beer Sarsi will also be on offer.
Brunch will be served from 10am to 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday, but we heard that last weekend's friends and family event was a packed house, so get there early. Check out the full food menu here. 351 E 12 St at First Ave (no phone)