This Filipino pop-up is back and brings sorbetes, binatog, and more to New York City

Published April 30, 2021, 12:52 PM

by John Legaspi

So Sarap NYC continues to feed New Yorkers with classic Filipino street food

Filipino street food vendors in NYC (Photos from @sosarapnyc)

So Sarap NYC continues to storm the Big Apple with Filipino street food, this time with binatog, dirty ice cream, and mangga with bagoong!

Led by highschool buddies VJ Navarro and Sebastian Shan, So Sarap NYC made news last year with its army of “maglalako” selling penoy, taho, Pinoy barbecue, among others, all around New York, from Manhattan and Queens to Staten Island.

“We’re pretty much the first Filipino street food cart here in NYC with the concept,” Whitnee Arenas said in a past story by Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “The taste of the sauces are so authentic, thanks to our dad’s recipes. They’re definitely close to the homeland.”

“Our first pop-up was on Aug. 9, 2020 at Kabisera Cafe, in Lower Manhattan. We were shooting contents for our launch in early summer, but due to the pandemic, we were hesitant to roll out,” she continued. “It’s been difficult to serve food in these conditions. The restaurants struggle to bring that hospitality atmosphere. Back in the Philippines it was so easy to just tusok tusok the fishball and gather around the isawan and be able to just enjoy and dip your food in the sauces. But we have to stay compliant. We reinforce wearing face masks, social distancing, and make sure no one double dips or crowds the food cart.”

With vaccines currently on the roll-out in the US, it seems like we’re about to see more of “so sarap” Pinoy street food from So Sarap NYC.

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