In the East Village of New York City is where you will find the Ugly Kitchen, a restaurant unlike any other. The casual, fun atmosphere makes this gastropub the perfect spot for a fun night out with friends. The friendly and attentive staff will help you navigate through the extensive menu at the Ugly Kitchen. Happy hour goes every night until nine and on the weekends enjoy nightlife there with a DJ until two.
Asian fusion and Filipino cuisine are offered at the Ugly Kitchen. Cocktails like the peach cucumber martini or the Weng Weng (a Filipino version of the Long Island iced tea) are two popular drinks to start off the night. Dishes like pork buns and fried spring rolls are perfect bar food. On the weekends, enjoy the unique Kamayan dinner.
I brought my friends here to get them to dip their toe into one of my favorite cuisines. They all left full and happy, 2 of them even tried the balut. While it has some Americanized dishes for the unadventurous, those looking for a solid Filipino meal will leave satisfied. Not the most extensive menu, but what they do, they do well.
We had the spicy pork buns and fried spring rolls to start, both were well liked with one friend wolfing down more than their fair share. One ordered the ugly grilled apple salad and raved about it. Another ordered the goat stew and ravenously devoured it. The rest of us were considerate enough share and the chicken adobo (which I find to be the easiest dish to ease the hesitant into trying) went over very well, as did the pork belly, and sisig. I didn't even get a chance to try the pork belly as it vanished while my back was turned.
The wait staff was friendly and accommodating and the owner made sure we were taken cared of. Overall a very successful food outing and I would definitely come again
Filipino food that is adapted towards an American palate. However, food is good and reasonably priced. If dining in the dining area, arrive early before the crowd. Bar scene on a Friday night gets very vibrant and DJ spins music through the night.
Some people had their drinks come way after their food. Drinks were weak. Food was okay. Portions are small. Their website says happy hour everyday until 9. It ends at 8. I think that's how they get you
Ugly kitchen is the quintessential local joint for young professionals-good food, lovely bartenders,and great service.
My boyfriend and I ordered the tapsilog,longsilog, fried isaw,and the seasoned frites. All were delicious, but the best part were the drinks and the bartender,Rica who took good care of us and made sure we had a good time even when she was really busy.
Great food. Isaw and red horse. Everyone's on top of their game which makes the service really amazing.
The servers were really very friendly and very nice but there were not too many of them. I also don't think they were trained well. We ordered a bottle of sauvignon blanc and the gentleman brought to our table a bottle of white burgundy. We did not really mind but we told him that we asked for sauvignon blanc, he said they were the same!! The portions were small but they were good
What a great dining experience! Good authentic Filipino good, great service and nice ambience. Will definitely come back..
Service is very attentive and the ambiance is nice (love the decor). Food was mostly good, has the usual selection of filipino cuisine with above average presentation and good portion control. Only sore spot was I went on a Sunday and some things were out of stock (they restock on Sunday).
We picked Ugly kitchen because we wanted to east Asian in that area of town and when we arrived we were a bit disappointed because there are so many charming looking restaurants in that area and this was not one of them BUT once we were inside it was cute enough and most importantly the drinks and the food were absolutely delicious! We had spring rolls (good) and dumplings (delicious), and three pork dishes (so good we re-ordered some). I would definitely go back!
The manager tried to kick us off a table we had reserved for another group. We were still ordering drinks, and even had a meal order placed. His reason: 1h30min eating limit. But he refused to answer to us why he felt the need to move us and not the other table that was there longer than us. Not only this, but we also got moved to sit under a huge vent with cold air blowing. The female server was just plain rude and had a sour attitude, the male servers however where the sweetest. The worst dinning experience yet.