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NYLON Manila Picks: Restaurants, Cafés, And Food Picks On Our Radar This May 2024

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May’ we interest you in our top food, restaurant, café, and treat faves this month?

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There’s nothing like trying out a new food spot and falling in love with everything but the kitchen sink, or like ordering your usual at your favorite café or restaurant after a stressful day. There’s also no shortage of new places and people that pop up and bring gastronomic excellence to the Metro—trust us.

We’ve got your cravings covered with our top picks for our favorite food, restaurants, and cafés this month of May. Check out your next food trip bucketlist below. And don’t blame us if your wallet starts collecting dust instead of cash with all the new places you’re going to be eating at or orders you’re going to try out (but if you do, we’ll be proud)!

CRISOSTOMO’S ARSENIO (BEEF SALPICAO) – Maggie Batacan, Editor-in-Chief

This sizzling plate never fails to uplift my spirits after a stressful week at work. It’s tender, perfectly seasoned, and the garlic and pepper flavor profile is so, SO addictive I can’t help but swing by right after pay day rolls around. In fact, I order this so often that the waitstaff can recite my order to me without me saying so. Is that cringe-worthy or loyalty—who knows? 

JABRONI’s NYC PIZZA – Raf Bautista, Managing Editor

I’m not one who easily falls for restaurant hype when they go viral on social media. But after checking out their pop-up store in Rockwell, I can see why they consistently have long lines. It’s one of the best shops in the Metro where you’re closest to getting that NYC pizza experience. 

SUSHI MOSHI’S CRUNCHY CALIFORNIA MAKI – Gelo Quijencio, Multimedia Artist

Japanese cuisine at an affordable price. The serving and unique flavors will definitely satisfy your Japanese food cravings, specifically the Crunchy California Maki. if you are a fan of tempura flakes with California Maki, you should definitely try this.

APARTMENT 1B – Nica Glorioso, Features Writer

In the Arya Plaza, in a residential tower in BGC, is an unassuming classy but homey restaurant and private event spot that served the best pumpkin soup I’ve ever tasted. The soup might have been exclusive to an event, but their entire menu that night was delicious. Apartment 1B puts contemporary, gourmet twists to comfort food, and it’s totally worth checking out.

L’ARTE – Precy Tan, Beauty Writer

I’m not sure if they have branches outside Rizal, but my latest and greatest discovery (which I’m absolutely thrilled about, by the way) is L’Arte—a fantastic pita place in Taytay. They serve the most savory beef pita wrap I’ve ever tasted. And the best part? The fries inside are incredibly crisp! This hidden gem is definitely a must-try whenever you’re in the area.

SIESTA HORCHATA CAFÉ – Shane Sy, Social Media Associate

As a horchata fan and a sucker for cute cafés, this spot is a definite A for me. Apart from their yummy selection of horchata drinks, the location is also very work-friendly. And the vibes? On point.

BUFFALO’S WINGS N’ THINGS – Jasmin Dasigan, Editorial Assistant

I love the unique flavors of their chicken wings! Two of my faves are chipotle lime and creamy salted egg. Their serving is great enough for its price and the quality of the food! It stands out from the others I tried before.

MOOD & COFFEE – Juliana Santos, Marketing Intern

I am obsessed with their Sea Salt Latte. I’m usually a black coffee drinker but I tried this for a change and it’s all I’ve been craving this month. As a coffee lover, I love that they have options for strong or mild espresso levels, because it means I can enjoy my strong coffee while my friends can also deliciously indulge in their own mild coffee picks. Lastly, their delicious NYC cookie is a bonus! It’s chewy and has the right sweetness.


Bitter Momma is a small cafe in Paranaque, which serves one of the best Matcha drinks in the city!

Not a restaurant, but a small business at home, Vonn’s Pizza House have pop-ups every Monday. Their pizza—oh my LORD, one of the best Italian pizzas I’ve tasted—and at a very affordable price.

HALFSAINTS – Abby Chua, Art Intern

I love halfsaints because their food is unique and you can’t get it anywhere else! I always order the same menu items (Shiitake, Goat Cheese, Balsamic Glaze Puff Pizza & Chicharron Teriyaki) but it’s always like eating something new because of how different the flavors are compared to other restaurants.

CINEMA ’76 CAFÉ – Christine Roska, Marketing Intern

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Cinema ‘76 Café in Tomas Morato—the vibes are immaculate. I also love the fact that you can stay at the café right after watching a film in Cinema ‘76. Plus, they also serve cocktails and wine that you can bring inside the theater!

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