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Elvie's Turo-Turo -- CLOSED - 20 Reviews - 214 1st Ave, New York, NY - Family Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 473-7785

Elvie's Turo-Turo -- CLOSED

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Best

I came across this place by accident - I just happened to be in the neighborhood. What a pleasant surprise!...

Worst

I would go to here over and over again before I found out there were other better quality and cheaper...

NO GOOD 2/8/2010

I cannot believe Elvie's served chicken with bones. What do you want us to do, YANK THE BONES....EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW more

BAD HEALTH INSPECTION 2/5/2010

food is terrible. most restaurants throw away non fresh daily food but elvie's sell it again the next day. it's pretty obivious because the meat or chicken portion looked dull and dark (it's not the sauce, i know the difference"". well, too bad they had bad health inspection. piece of advice don't use old and used oil in frying anything. the food bureau doesnt like that, besides who wants to eat food soaked in grease and fat. more

Filipino food?? I think not!!! 7/15/2009

I ate here 4 times to see if my previous impressions were wrong. They were right. The food is over-priced and disgusting (for a lack of a better word). Not worth the time or the money. more

I would go to here over and over again before... 2/2/2008

I would go to here over and over again before I found out there were other better quality and cheaper... more

I would go to here over and over again before... 2/2/2008

lorialc Provided by Partner
I would go to here over and over again before I found out there were other better quality and cheaper Filipino restaurants. The servings are small ... more

Decent Filipino food... but it's not Tagalog... 10/9/2007

Decent Filipino food... but it's not Tagalog region style cooking... it's a fusion between regions, which... more

Decent Filipino food... but it's not Tagalog... 10/9/2007

jcklngrn Provided by Partner
Decent Filipino food... but it's not Tagalog region style cooking... it's a fusion between regions, which can be good and very very bad. more

I came across this place by accident - I just... 10/1/2007

I came across this place by accident - I just happened to be in the neighborhood. What a pleasant surprise!... more

I came across this place by accident - I just... 10/1/2007

MariaCC Provided by Partner
I came across this place by accident - I just happened to be in the neighborhood. What a pleasant surprise! I really liked this place, it felt li... more

Fast, cheap, no-frills Filipino food. I like... 9/19/2007

Fast, cheap, no-frills Filipino food. I like it a lot. more

Fast, cheap, no-frills Filipino food. I like... 9/19/2007

susan Provided by Partner
Fast, cheap, no-frills Filipino food. I like it a lot. more

delicious cafeteria style hearty cuisine. my favorite inn... 6/30/2007

delicious cafeteria style hearty cuisine. my favorite innards stew! nice but small seating area more

delicious cafeteria style hearty cuisine. my favorite inn... 6/30/2007

judyptsai Provided by Partner
delicious cafeteria style hearty cuisine. my favorite innards stew! nice but small seating area more

A Palatable Filipino Dishes 7/8/2006

Having been in many different filipino restaurants accross the country, I can safely say that the food @ Elvie's Turo-Turo is palatable. Unfortunately, If you are thinking of having some friends over, you may have to settle for take home. The place does not have a lot of space for comfortable dining. This is not a good place for a romantic or business dining experience either. However, the staff was very friendly, the price was affordable and the food is definitely authentic. I would recommend this restaurant for a casual and ""on the go"" Filipino dining choice whenever you are in New York City. I will rate the restaurant a ""3"" for space, a ""5"" for location, a ""6"" for affordability, a ""5"" for portions and a ""7"" for taste. Go and check it out. You may like it. Pros: Readiness Cons: Space more

Mouth said more, stomach said full 2/18/2006

You walk in and instantly are transported into any Filipina's house. Grandma, Mom, Auntie, doesn't matter..... Binegar, soy sauce, pish sauce, garLIC, ginger, chicken, lechon, oh man, it was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. I swear I thought my grandma would walk out of the kitchen any moment. Just like a home cooked meal, literally. AND, all the ""pood"" and even dessert was under $20 for two people including drinks and dessert. The restaurant doesn't have a lot of space, but that's ok. If you want ""hip"" and no taste for too much money, go somewhere else. If you want to be reminded of home, or experience REAL Pilipino Pood Pirst Hand ""honey"", then you'll go to Elvies. BTW - Coyote Ugly is just up the street for those of you who want ""trendy"". Pros: Filling, frugal, SO GOOD! Cons: more seats, need a bigger stomach, need bigger mouth. more

perfect filipino food 1/29/2005

If you are looking for an ""authentic"" filipino dining experience, Elvie's is it in NYC. From the Lumpia, to the pancit, to the adobo, to the Halo-halo dessert, this small local storefront restaurant has it all. just don't expect ambiance cause there is none. just excellent food recommended! Pros: inexpensive, quick service, good selection Cons: few seats, barren interior more

Filipino Restaurant in NYC 4/2/2004

If it's authentic food of the Philippines that you want, Elvies Turo-Turo is by far the best for value and taste that I have found in the Metropolitan New York area. Food served here has the quality of the best home-cooked meals I have tasted outside the Philippines. You will not be disappointed as to quality and quantity of servings. Most likely you will return again and again to further sample the specials which change for each day of the week. Pros: Inexpensive, High quality cooking Cons: , Rustic ambiance more

True soul food 2/18/2004

After returning to NYC after living overseas for a while I became turned off at the so called restaurant scene. Mostly everything in NYC is style over substance; its more important to have hip music, hot waitresses and inflated reputations of the chef du jour rather than real food. Elvies is the antithesis of the NYC resto scene. Its about the food PERIOD! And its so unbelievably rustic and ""stick to your gut"" that reminds you of Grandmas Sunday evening dinner. NYC is lucky to have you Elvies--please stay the way you are. more

Flippin for Elvie's 9/16/2002

Short of being invited to a Filipino home for dinner, Elvie's is the closest you'll get to tasting Filipino delights...such as mongo (lentil stew), chicken adobo, pinakbet, and longaniza (sweet cured pork/sausage). For the adventurous of heart, try the balut (a sort of duck egg that tastes like cheeze) - it's great with a light beer. :) The halo-halo, a shaved ice dessert, is wonderful. There's nothing bland about the food - I'm happy to say that, at Elvie's, the Filipino taste is alive and well....and affordable...even after all these years....a true neighborhood dive. more

Just like Mom's cooking! 7/21/2002

If you don't want to pay Manila Garden prices or are looking for homecooking you won't find at Cendrillion, Elvie's is the place to go. It will remind you of Mom's cooking, which was oftentimes MASARAP (delicious, for you non-Filipinos) but sometimes a miss, too. You can always count on their chicken adobo to satisfy your hankering for that brown sauce over rice (just watch out for the chicken bones), as well as longanisa or barbecue... but the kare-kare is hit or miss. Hands down, it's the best authentic Filipino food in the City and the best value. Pros: No frills, cheap food, Like Mom's cooking Cons: Cramped space, Limited selection more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Behind the often-fogged windows at this small restaurant is a homey atmosphere, full of smiling employees and Filipino families crowded around simple red tables. The menu (which...

  • 8/3/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    East Village, Downtown

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