111 First Ave.
New York, NY 10014


  • $$
  • Brunch
  • Full bar
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Maharlika may be Filipino in name, but its origins embody a now-familiar New York tale: The concept debuted on the pop-up scene in 2011, when it did turns at the now-defunct DeKalb Market and in culinary incubator Kinfolk Studios. Filipino-Americans Nicole Ponseca, Noel Cruz, and Enzo Lim were anxious to introduce more New Yorkers to the magic of their Southeast Asian heritage, and so they partnered with chef Miguel Trinidad, a Dominican who grew up on the Lower East Side and spent several months perfecting his technique in the Philippines. Maharlika’s permanent East Village location opened later that same year; Jesus hangs from the wall and a chalkboard is scrawled with the Tagalog word of the day (Maharlika, by the way, means “royalty”). Trinidad turns out a playful menu of interpretive fare, with dishes like Spam fries, arroz caldo, the wildly popular flip'd fried chicken and ube waffle, and balut, the fertilized duck egg common at Asian street food stands. This is no makeshift booth in a market, but the operation hasn’t forgotten its humble roots.

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  • Winner Eats 18 Duck Fetuses In Balut-Eating Contest
    Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 2 p.m. by Clarissa Wei

    We reported a couple of weeks ago that the Filipino restaurant Maharlika would be holding a duck-fetus-eating contest. The delicacy is called "balut," and the title of New York City's balut-eating champion has been clinched by Wayne...

  • Maharlika: Imelda Gets Her Brunch Spot
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 4 a.m. by Lauren Shockey

    What do you call a pop-up that gets a permanent home? A plop-down, perhaps? It's a timely question, since Maharlika has gone brick-and-mortar on First Avenue in the East Village after spending much of 2011 as a temporary, roving Fil...


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