We originally found this place in the Spring of 2012, but the more times we went, service began to decline rapidly. Unlike their Long Island City location, this is a down market Filipino restaurant, which is more like eating in a family kitchen.than a proper restaurant. Everyone pitches in even if the bus boys don't know what to serve, or how to deliver an order.
As for the food, yes it is true, that the barbecue is very tasty, but most of the dishes are average at best. And the shakes never are fresh!!
MANAGEMENT -on our very last visit, service was ESPECIALLY BAD. THE WAITERS would not pack our leftovers to take home. WE WERE EXPECTED to PACK AND CLEAN UP our own food, and were expected to pack the containers ourselves in plastic bags. My girlfriend who is Filipino VOWED that we will NEVER COME BACK!!! I HAVE TO CONCUR..
It is also a bit distracting when the local (and very illegal Asian woman) comes around hawking bootlegged DVDs and CDs while you eat, and becomes very pushy when she can't make a sale. I know this is popular in ethnic eateries, but it makes a very bad impression to those who are not from China or the Philippines, or who want a casual meal.
As I can safely say, after eating in just about every Filipino restaurant in NYC and especially on Roosevelt Avenue, I now have a very good idea about Filipino restaurants, and Ihawan is in my bottom two
If you come here, don't expect much. This is not a professional restaurant.
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