Gugu Room on LES to offer Filipino Feasts

July 13, 2022, 6:06.50 pm ET  

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Gugu Room, NYC’s first Filipino-Japanese izakaya on the LES, is launching custom Filipino Kamayan feasts and a wallet-friendly Sunday Brunch. A Kamayan is a meal traditionally eaten with your hands – no plates or utensils needed (kamayan means by hand in Tagalog). With an array of vegetable, fish, seafood, chicken, pork and beef dishes laid out on tables covered with banana leaves, it is a spectacular feast and loads of fun.

Available by 48-hour advance reservation for parties of 6 or more and fully customizable, the Kamayan menu from chefs Aris Tuazon and Markee Manaloto offers 20 choices plus additional options like a full or half porchetta roast and lobster. Starting at $60 per person with 7 different dishes, guests can choose from items like Lumpia Rolls Filipino spring rolls; Steamed Blue Crab; Adobo Wings; Beef Bone Marrow Salpicao; Cod Sisig; Shrimp on Garlic Sauce; fish like snapper or branzino, salads and vegetables, plus skewers featuring Liempo Filipino-style pork belly, Rib Eye or Longanisa (pork sausage and quail egg). The more the merrier – a kamayan is great for a group dinner or birthdays and other celebrations.


Starting this weekend, Sunday Brunch (1-4pm) at Gugu Room amps up Filipino classics with Japanese twists with a $22 brunch entrée + drink deal. Options includeFilipino silogs (garlic fried rice and egg) with steak, chicken or kurobuta pork; Unagi BBQ Bowl with grilled Japanese eel, poached egg, pickles and masago (fish roe) over fried rice; Bangus Belly (milkfish) with onion rings and rice; Chicken Tocino with a scrambled egg and koji fried rice; and Truffle Mushroom Sisig with king trumpet, oyster and shiitake mushrooms in a skillet and more. Each of the dishes is $22 and comes with a glass of Sangria or Mimosa.

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