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 went to meet up with my friends last friday (March 16, 2018). The place is not packed yet but my company didn't arrive yet. We have a reservation at 6pm. So I sat at the bar and order a drink, staff was friendly. They asked me if I know what time my friends are coming and I said any minute now as they are in transit. They had told me that they couldn't hold our table past 8pm. I was like, okay no problem. Before we even sat on our table, I was advised 2x more that we are only allowed until 8pm. As they took our orders, they said the same thing. Now it's making me feel uncomfortable and honestly, if someone is eating and drinking, would you stop them from ordering because there's an "allowed" time that we are supposed to be in this restaurant. Not because the staff are friendly and smiling, doesn't mean that the words coming out of their mouths are nice. It's mean and rude.
Honestly, maybe that's why when I tasted their sisig, it didn't stand out to me. I felt like the flavors were off, the palabok looked like a drunken spaghetti with no authentic taste, and the laing is just okay. The food is not that good, there's nothing special in their menu. We did order squid also which is lumpy and soggy, not even crispy. I like the spam fries though.
Will not come back because of service. It's a shame because we are filipinos and we want to support each other but this is horrible first time experience.
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.
I enjoyed my overall experience at the Ugly Kitchen. The only thing I have to complain about is they didn't have anything. I wanted to order wings-- they didn't have it. I wanted to order fries-- they didn't have that either. I wanted to order the ribs-- they didn't have it. Even their fear factor specialty which I really wanted to try was done. It was really frustrating . I want to go back so I can actually get a chance to try those things, but overall my dinner was good and the staff was very friendly.
Of all the Filipino restaurants in the area, this is by far THE BEST!! Great authentic cuisine at prices better than the neighboring restaurants. Can't go wrong here!!
I've been here twice and am looking to go back again and again. So many great selections on the menu and I just want to try them all. Everything that I've had so far has been amazing! Staff is very friendly as well.
as a Filipino, this place is great. awesome food and authentic. just wish they had some options for veggies and not all fried meat. but it's awesome.
Went here for dinner. The place becomes a bar/club late in the evening, with loud music and loud customers, so not really a good dining atmosphere. The food was good. We had the calamari (very good), bistek (very good), chicken adobo (good) and the bibingka (good), . Service was friendly, but slow and inattentive.
Great food, great portions. While at times the servers can see a bit flustered (but still nice), the food and great prices make up for it. Very accommodating when I needed to adjust my reservation. Good option for a slightly cheaper, but still upscale, version of Marharlika.
While it was loud and service is hectic bc it gets really crowded, I really love this place. The menu is really yummy, the drinks are strong and interesting, and I love the the ambiance. I would go again
My family and I were there early in the evening so there weren't that many people yet, which is why we wondered at the loud music -- too loud to have a conversation. Not a family place, granted (more of a bar crowd) but if only there was a way to strike a balance. Once we ordered, the dishes came right away. Service was great -- very attentive. We had the apple salad (big portion, but I wish there was a variety of greens) -- still, the candied walnuts, grilled apple slices and dressing were yummy. The spicy adobo (served on a hot plate), grilled chicken (tender!), and Bulacan Express (pork in coconut milk) were all terrific and enough to feed a table of four. Prices were reasonable, esp. since dishes are good for sharing. We shall return!
Came here Saturday night 7:30, wasn't that busy but it is a pretty small place so seats filled up quickly. There's a bar and high tables and an area further in the back for like a full dining experience. The food was delicious, my boyfriend got Tapsilog and I got the Spicy Chicken Adobo and we were both very happy. Prices I think were appropriate, wasn't absurdly expensive like most of NYC. We left satisfied and not overly stuffed. I'd come back again!
First time find, recommended by a friend. A group of 6 of us wanted to hang out, enjoy great food, have great convo and that is what we found. Don't be fooled by the name. Shout out to Roy who went above and beyond for us, fabulous service! Don't walk, run to pick up your phone to make your reservations.
I would've never come in to ugly kitchen if I hadnjust walked by as it lookes more like a bar, bit I have to say I am so glad I felt adventurous that day! The food was delicious and The drinks were really good!! The staff is super friendly and evem though my dish took longer than all the others a) it was worth it, and we got an appetizer on the house, which was really nice!! All in all I have already recommended this spot, great jewel of te East Village!
I won a gift certificate to Ugly Kitchen through a raffle I participated in. I decided to dine with our friends on a great summer night 7/17/14. We were seated promptly with our reservations. We made the happy hour cut-off and the Calamansi Martini was so delicious. We ordered family style for 10 guests. We had the Beef Brisket, Fried Pampano Fish, ugly Grilled Apple Salad, Lahing, Garlic Fried Rice, Shanghai Rolls, Pork Belly appetizer, Lechon Kawali, french fries, Sizzling Steak, and Crispy Pata. All the dishes were very tasty. Our guests enjoyed and we were definitely taken care of by the waiter and manager. Definitely would come back. Even if the certificate, the prices were average. Hope to win another certificate! Go me!
Food look forever to come out and waitress wasn't attentive at all.
The lychee martinis are a must! The restaurant had more of a bar-feel than I expected and was definitely noisy, but if you're looking for a delicious late-night hangout Ugly Kitchen is the place for you.
There were many items that looked good on the menu, but disappointing once we tasted it. My hungry friends did not finish their meals - the quality of meat (pork belly, oxtail) was subpar, and the dumplings just tasted like pizza. The price was cheap so you get what you paid for. The staff was friendly but the service was spotty. After we were all done they would come and clear only half the table and not return for another 15 min when we reminded them to. Had I not seen other reviews later I would never have known that they serve desserts - the staff never showed us a dessert menu while we were just sitting there chatting after they cleared our main courses. It was an underwhelming experience.
Who knew there was another Filipino restaurant just down the street from Maharlika? We ate here for dinner on a Tuesday evening & were the only ones at the restaurant. We were told that it would get busier in the evening for their "Kamayan" style dinner - something we will have to go back and try. The food was delicious. My boys had double orders of their fried calamari and wings. The dasilog, lechon kawali and pork adobo ribs were all so tasty. We wanted to try more but were so stuffed! Even the cocktails were very good - who knew a calamansi sour would be so refreshing? And if you like coconut, then the buko pandan rum is the perfect drink! The service was great - Risa was extremely friendly and obliging. We cannot wait to go back!
This place is always a good place to go to for good service with a large group. The food and specials are always super tasty too. We had a group if 11 and our food and drinks came fast even though they were really busy with other tables. The DJ is awesome there too, mix of oldies, hip hop.
It was my first experience with Filipino food and it was interesting and delicious. I didn't know what to expect and was pleasant surprised. Service was excellent!
Authentic Filipino food. We had the fried isaw (excellent), sisig (fair), kare-kare (good), lechon kawali (very good) and the bistek (good). Place was nice and service was friendly and attentive.
Went to there because I never tried filipino cuisine before. Had the fried pig intestines and the pork belly, liver and something else combination. Oh, and the fish balls as an app. Overall, was satisfied with the meal. It tasted pretty good. I probably wont be running back for the crazy stuff, but the service was great. Had good drink specials before 9PM. Good vibe. Good location. Overall very satisfied.
Went there with 3 of my friends, had a good time :-)
Food was good, simple and healthy portion size. Didn't get cocktails, only wine, not their thing but we liked it. I would not recommend if you want a table for two, it's kinda crowded with the bar or the DJ next to you (can be pretty loud) but with a bunch of friends it's a great pick! Service was awesome!