Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Manila Social Club: Donuts and DJs | Williamsburg | Brooklyn

Ube Bae and Calamansi St-Germain w/DJ Tinyfox
I was invited to join in on the (monthly) Donuts and DJs event. Little did I know, I ran into many friends who were there to support the event and the family's endeavour. Fantastic donuts and a unique venue give rise to my 4.8/5.0 rating.

Ube Bae Donuts
Ube Bae Donuts
While I have yet to have lunch or dinner at Manila Social Club (MSC) before, thanks to friends who have stopped in for brunch, they have nothing but praise for the food and the chef.  MSC stands amid a sea of eclectic eateries in Billyburg but they do something uniquely special.

Chef Björn De la Cruz
Chef Björn De la Cruz (Courtesy of Yelp)
Expect it to be an experiential affair, after all, as the decor draws from DelaCruz's grandma's home in Davao Oriental, Philippines and the food draws from French and Filipino roots. Björn classifies it as "New Filipino" as it's not strictly Filipino or American. The De la Cruz siblings were brought together when they first opened the restaurant, stemming from Chef Björn De la Cruz's series of popup dinners. The dining public has responded in kind as February serves as their one year anniversary in this space, serving brunch, lunch, and dinner.

The event kicked off with local DJs (DJ Tinyfox, DJ GETLIVE!) doing their vinyl sets while donut-hungry patrons lined up outside for "Ube Bae" and seasonal Filipino-inspired flavors that were rolled out- Calamansi-Gin and St Germaine-Poppyseed being among them. The donuts were light and fluffy, fragrant and frosted with just the right amount of ube, calamansi, St. Germain. Decadent much? Heavenly, yes, they're crullers, and I love them so but for $3 a pop, it's still well worth it since the event is free to the public. Also, who can turn down 90s hip-hop? C'mon! What seals the deal for me is that everyone is welcomed in like family, and this is what sticks in my mind with the MSC.

Lining up for donuts
Fans eagerly lining up to await their donuts
The venue is limited in size (up to 60 at a time) but didn't stop patrons from lining up in the cold harsh dead of winter for a taste of ube. I'm floored. While many had not anticipated this amazing a turnout, I expect it to grow to a fevered pitch in the coming months ahead. 4.8/5.0

Ube Bae and Calamansi St-Germain
Ube Bae and Gin-Calamansi
Gin-Camansi, St. Germain-Poppyseed
Gin-Camansi, St. Germain-Poppyseed
Manila Social Club
2 Hope St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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