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“Food that can transport your senses and palate to an exotic Land in the South East!”
Review of Payag Restaurant

Payag Restaurant
Ranked #28 of 188 Restaurants in Woodside
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed April 30, 2012

Payag- a Filipino restaurant in NYC that's authentic in flavor and loyal to the palate where it came from. I'm a Filipino who live in the US most of my lifetime. I'm glad NYC became my adopted home with of it's fusion of people from foreign lands that brought with them their own cuisines. So I adopted with gusto to all that's Italian, American (North & South), French, Indian, Greek, you-name it cuisine, and I love most of them. One cuisine that left me wanting and hanging has been the Filipino cuisine. Until I found Payag! The crispy pata (pork knuckles) was served boneless (unlike in Krystal's and Ihawan), so crispy outside, tender and juicy inside. It's hard to resist, those with chlesterol problem, beware! The eggs rolls for appetizer were not your typical-of-most-Fil-restaurant-served egg rolls. They were home-made delicious, paired with generous amount of-long thinly sliced-pickled papaya-like vegie. The "halaan" clam soup, brought me back to my childhood, I thought I was back home again, I slurped and surfed until the very last drop. A meal without "pansit" noodles is not a complete Fil. fare . So I ordered pansit canton, which did not disappoint my palate. How can I forget the beverage? The buco juice, with good serving of thinly sliced young coconut, so sweet and tender. Even the water at our table had a Zen-like quality, in carafe with slices of lemon and cucumbers. Was it also infused with "pandan"? I have to go back Payag again and soon, I'm have this halo-halo dancing in my head. Oh, before I fogot, I love the decor, refine and and loyal to the artistic core of the Philippines, the capiz chandeliers were beautiful.

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Reviewed April 21, 2012

I love this place. The staff is friendly without being intrusive. For someone lke me who hasn't eaten a lot of Filipino food, this place is an adventure. My friend and I had a lychee and coconut drink that was delicious. The menu as large with a large range of food from the different regions of the Phillipines. The desserts were the kind you might find for special occasions in a Filipino home. Get the Mango cake if it's available; it runs out quickly, and for good reason. There is a large room downstairs for parties. Spend a little time in the Phillipines without taking a long plane flight!

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Reviewed December 23, 2011

My wife and I were going to Manhattan for an appointment and parked in Queens to take
the subway. We passed Payag on the way to the station and it was new to us, because I believe a South American restaurant had been there before. We made a note to stop for lunch on the way back. On entering, we were pleasantly surprised to find it was so beautifully designed, with traditional Filipino "nipa" touches, and even a "banca" (outrigger canoe) suspended from the ceiling over the bar. It was obvious that great care went into the design. There was an area that was set up for a small band or keyboard and I was told there's karaoke on weekend nights.

We found the menu to be typical of most Filipino restaurants in the area, nothing too challenging and on a par in prices with the others. My wife, who is from the Philippines, usually dismisses the cooking at NY Filipino restaurants as inferior to Filipino home cooking. I was very surprised that she thought the pinokbet, a kind of stew of fish, meat and vegetables to be very good. I had short ribs and they were tasty and plentiful. The service was pleasant but we thought a bit slow since it wasn't crowded for lunch. (Possibly it took the kitchen a while to get going.) I took a look at the private party room downstairs and that too was nicely decorated. We've been pleased to recommend Payag to friends and relatives, especially for occasions like Christenings and Sweet Sixteen Parties.

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