1. Little Manila in Woodside, Queens

Home to countless authentic Filipino restaurants and businesses, “Little Manila,” which runs from 63rd to 71st Street in Woodside, Queens makes Filipino immigrants feel at home.

New York State’s Filipino population is about 200,000 and the majority of these Filipinos live in the Little Manila area. One orienting point in this neighborhood is the bee greeting customers outside the Filipino fast food chain, Jollibee. Though there are over 500 of these chains worldwide, Little Manila’s Jollibee, established in 2009 something, was the first on the East Coast. Red Ribbon, a Filipino chain bakery, also found its place here in 2010.

Other restaurants include Ihawan (famous for their traditional barbeque), Perlas ng Silangan, Renee’s Kitchenette, Fritzie’s Bakeshop and Krystal’s Cafe, all of which sell traditional Filipino dishes. There is also a Philippine National Bank, a Filipino recreational center and Filipino salons and grocery stores.

FIlipino religious practices are also maintained here: the majority of Filipinos are devoutly Catholic, so the nearby St. Sebastian’s Church helps host “Simbang Gabi” (night mass) every Christmas, which is a novena of nine masses at dawn, which is a traditional practice in the Philippines.

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