“Beers, food, women, and jeeps” is the motto of the new Filipino gastropub from the Maharlika team, and extends to its design, too: Tabletops are colorfully numbered and embellished, scantily clad pinup girls decorate the walls, and Asian beers are meant to accompany shareable plates of “barrio fiesta” fare. Chef-partner Miguel Trinidad collaborates with Daniel “Chino” Parilla, Minetta Tavern sous-chef and a consultant here, on dishes like fried-fishbone salad, chicken-fat wings, and a longga burger made with skinless sausage, Kewpie-Maggi aïoli, and banana ketchup. Jeepney, named for the garish and cramped public taxis built from World War II-era Army jeeps, maintains the East Village’s Filipino-food equilibrium by replacing Sa Aming Nayon and inheriting its tranquil garden.
Jeepney, 201 First Ave., nr. 12th St.; 212-533-4121
*This article originally appeared in the October 15, 2012 issue of New York Magazine.