Maharlika, the restaurant that sparked Filipino food movement in New York, closes

NEW YORK — ‘Maharlika’ is a Tagalog word which means majestic.

This New York restaurant certainly was, impressing its customers with its modern take on Filipino cuisine for the last 8 years.

Unfortunately, this critically-acclaimed Filipino gastropub — which helped jumpstart a new era of Filipino food movement in the East Coast — has served its last silog, eggs imelda and bibingka on Sunday.

Maharlika Filipino moderno founder Nicole Ponseca posted on her Instagram page: “please come by, say hi and share your memories on this institution that dared to dream greatly and do it by being ourselves.”

Ponseca told BA that this move is an effort to streamline her restaurant operations, while she pursues other endeavors – in the restaurant business and beyond.

Jeepney, Ponseca’s other restaurant, remains open.

Still — news of Maharlika’s closure was a shock for many customers.

“It’s sad that its closing, but it did start a movement and I can’t wait to see where it goes.:

Maharlika not only served the East Village neighborhood’s craving for new flavors – it also helped change the conversation on Filipino food.

Regular customers said Maharlika became the new gold standard for Filipino cuisine.

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