2 Hope Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
Will and I had brunch with our friends Sam & Alex just before the holidays at Manila Social Club. We made reservations for noon on a Sunday and surprisingly, it wasn't crowded at all. The restaurant is very clean, simple, cozy, and just feels relaxing. The staff are very friendly, super nice, and laid back. It wasn't crazy busy here and it was a nice, calm, and relaxing brunch experience. I almost didn't want to leave.
|Biscuits with Ube Butter|
|Tres Leches & Ube latte|
I got the Ube Latte (ube infused with simple syrup) and it can be served iced or hot. I got it iced and it was interesting. I never had a drink like this before. It was a little too sweet with me even when I mixed it. I liked that Manila serves most of their drinks in cute mason jars!
We also had the Longanisa Sliders which are sliders with daikon pickles and lotus chips. The Longanisa Sliders were adorable, moist, and just really delicious. Who would ever though lotus chips would or could taste so so so good? These were perfectly crunchy and taste slightly like sweet potato chips.
The Spam Fries is listed as a side dish under Manila's menu, but we treated it like an appetizer. I almost always order Spam Fries at a Filipino restaurant. First off, love love love the presentation and creativity behind it. The Spam Fries weren't salty at all. I wonder what was their secret to making some of the sodium diminish. They were crisp and moist. Possibly one of the best Spam Fries I've had so far!
|Mango Souffle Pancakes|
|Roasted Vegetable Paella|
|French Toast Espesyal|
Overall, we really enjoyed our time and experience at Manila Social Club. I definitely want to come back for dinner some time and try their dinner menu. I would most definitely come back to Manila Social Club again. There's something just different and genuine about Manila Social Club compared to two other Filipino restaurants I've been to so far.