Shocked that this place got a star from the Times. Food was at times flavorless (crispy pork), soggy (spring rolls) or in one weird case of the ribs, there was barely any meat on the bone. A huge disappointment.
It has a nice twist of Filipino food
It’s sort of fusion Filipino food - Americanized perhaps but they are able to retain the distinct taste of Filipino dishes. Very good addition to Filipino restaurants in NYC as the ambience is chic and the bar looks good.
Crab pasta is amazing!!
I am unhappy to write this review as I was very much looking forward to dining at Tsismis on one of the only 3 nights I was in NYC. I read about it in the NY Times. I grew up eating Filipino food in Seattle and the review was very good. The space, staff and service were all very good but I was very disappointed in my dinner. I do want to say that since I dined there alone I can only comment on what I had. The lumpia were good. The chicken (I forget the name of the dish) was dry, little flavor, and most of all the rice was very dry. I enjoyed the dessert which was halo-halo. I had urged a friend who lives in Manhattan to join me but at the last minute he could not and I was relieved after I finished eating.
A dear friend of mine treated me for my birthday and we ate family style tapas. All the food was excellent as was the service, even though they were short staffed. My only complaint was the temperature inside the restaurant. Heating was minimal and each time the door opened a gust of cold air barreled through—and I found myself snuggling into my coat.
Only for the food, especially the SILVANNAS dessert. I ordered 4 orders and it was beyond yummy!
Poor customer service: 1) chef paid attention to one table only; 2) next table asked to have soup heated up, chef did not give options that would have kept fish and veggies firm.
Indicated "birthday" on OpenTable reservation but no special given; the one table the chef paid attention to had a lit cake arrive with singing.
Great food- well done classics with a ton of flavor.
Pasta Aligue (crab pasta) amazing.
Arroz Caldo (chicken porridge) amazing.
Tinapa Croquetas - addicting.
Dessert is a must. Silvanas!
We liked it but found the food salty
We had a reservation, but they did not have a table for 2 available for us when we got there. We agreed to sit at the bar, but were then asked to move after our food came to squeeze three people in. As a result, our food was cold by the time we could eat it. The restaurant was also out of one of the main dishes we wanted to try.
Great food could use slightly larger portions. A little slow coming on the kitchen but front of house did their best
The food was amazing, and Chef Jappy personally greeted us. 10/10 recommend and will be returning.
Delicious food, great decor, attentive service. Relaxed family feel
I’m usually finicky about Filipino food, but I had excellent dishes at Tsismis. The service was exceptional and the presentation was art. Five stars. All kinds of awesome.
Amazing experience all around! They were very accommodating and took very special care of our party during my wife’s birthday celebration. Thank you, Chef Jappy for the incredible food and wonderful conversations! Your knowledge of European football was an added bonus to an already wonderful experience (C’mon the BLUES!!LOL). This place is highly recommended!!
I craved for more authentic Filipino food and didn’t get it!
This is not your typical Filipino Grandma’s cooking it’s more of a bistro/American palette kind of choo choo less Sodium on food but very well presented on a nice ambience. I wish they have a brown rice!
It was a relaxed dining experience with friendly service. The items we shared were delicious.
Delicious brunch options and cocktail drinks! We enjoyed our dining experience and plan to be back.
Overall, Tsimis is a great new filipino spot for casual dining. Reasonably priced food, service was AMAZING, love the vibe, and cocktails were delicious. But the food is just ok. The food tastes good, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression.
Had a great experience at Tsismis - the chef was the person who greeted us and checked in regularly about the food, which was delicious! Would highly recommend this interesting mix of Filipino/American cuisine - there were many great options for vegetarians as well!
Great service and even better food. We took all of the waiter’s suggestions and loved every bite of every dish. Can’t wait to go back!
Good food, decent service, fair prices. A lot going for it. Desserts are especially good. Recommended!
Mixed filipino Spanish menu with abundant wine list. We ordered 5 dishes. Pasta Aligue was the best with original crab fat sauce; Kare-kare had good peanut sauce; fried milkfish dry and tough ;adobong manok dilaw very dry and the rice was served smack on the soy sauce making it hard to eat and very salty; crispy pork strips very good. Staff neglected to bring appropriate serving utensils every time - we had to ask 3 times. Maja Blanca dessert good. Calamansi juice watery - server said it was not fresh but made from powder.
Food was not Filipino. I think theyade it too tailored to the western palate.
We ordered several dishes. The review on the kare Kare was spot-on. The creamy peanut sauce was flavorful. The ribs were too salty and too dry, the same for the tinapa croquets. The maja Blanca was lovely. Service was ok, and the place was great.
Every dish we ordered was delicious and we paired our food with a refreshing rose wine from Spain. The evening was made more special with a live performance by RJ Jacinto, well-known musician and composer from the Philippines. He got the crowd dancing and singing along. It was a truly satisfying evening!
Second time at Tsismis and it was as enjoyable as the first one. We also got to introduce quality Filipino cuisine to our guest who was visiting from France and he loved the food especially the kare-kare. We will definitely be back.
Delicious Filipino-American food served in a hip and cozy setting! The chef even greeted our group!
The waiters kept almost prompting us to leave. We enjoyed the overall vibe of the restaurant though.
The food was delicious, perfectly cooked, and nicely presented. Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed each dish and great choice of restaurant. I will go back again and again.
Friendly, courteous and accomodating staff. Food was great. Lots of parking nearby after 7pm on weekdays.
It's not really an authentic Filipino food that some people were looking into because in my opinion if it's done by Chef then there's modification on it, it's like a Fusion food. Overall my wife & I like the place & food were great as well as cocktail drinks, will definitely come back & recommend to our friends.
Front of house needs more training. No communication between hostess and server. Restaurant not crowded. A party who was seated after us got menus and were served water. Had to flag down busser just to get server. Server came to give menus and water. Apologized that she did not know/not notified about our table. Hostess came and apologized and said it was her fault.Chef came to apologize and get order. Server came and asked if we wanted to drink something other than water as manager wanted to compensate us for poor service. Declined drink, but ordered dessert. Not comped for dessert.
The laing was good. Kare kare not bad. Halo halo nothing special. Just ice cream with summer fruits. Would not order that again. Needs to develop a better rendition of that dessert.
Non-service dog entered into restaurant. Known by staff. Quickly escorted out.
Not sure if we would go there again. There are other Filipino restaurants in NYC and Queens with a better rendition of halo halo.
Raisins was a great Filipino restaurant hosted by a very warm head chef, Jappy! The untraditional ceviche, made with bay scallops was very special. My wife, son and myself all thoroughly enjoyed all of our dishes, and cocktails made with Sake. The dinner no room has an art exhibit hanging up from a very talented young artist named Jeanne Jalandoni. What a great spot that we will return to.
Great new Filipino spot with amazing crab noodles. Delicious tasty steak. Kale dish that tastes collard greens.
Another fab spot serving fresh and delicious Filipino classics. Perfect when you want to make Tsismis with your friends.
I wouldn’t recommend Tsismis authentic Filipino food, it definitely seemed more like an Asian fusion spot to me (menu-wise). But the ambiance was beautiful and very aesthetically pleasing.
Good Filipino fusion food with perfect wine pairing. Friendly staff.