Tuesday, November 22, 2016

{F.O.B.} Brings Authentic Filipino BBQ To Smith Street

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{f.o.b.} has been open at 271 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens for just over a week now and things are going very well, according to owners Armando Litiatco and manager Ahmet Kiranbay.

Their new casual eatery offers authentic filipino barbecue and fresh seafood, all expertly cooked by chef Litiatco. The dishes are reminiscent of the meals his family "cooks on a Sunday afternoon" in the Philippines, "with father grilling in the backyard and mother baking in the kitchen."

The menu includes spicy chicken langkawas, (grilled wings, galangal, chillies, lime, palm sugar, and coconut milk) as an appetizer. Main meal choices consists of chicken or pork skewers smothered in filipino bbq sauce, Cebu style chicken roasted with lemongrass and garlic, and the grilled spare ribs slow braised in San Miguel beer and served with banana bbq sauce.
Fish Inihaw consists of a filet grilled in banana leaves and topped with adabong kamatis.
Pair all with a side of egg noodles, rice or sautéed morning glories seasoned with chili and garlic.

"This is the restaurant we have always wanted to open" Litiatco and Kiranbay told me on a recent visit. The two partners met ten years ago in San Francisco, where they ran a catering company together. More recently, they worked at Shokudo, an Asian restaurant in Miami.

The search for a perfect location for their eatery took almost a year. After looking all over New York City, they settled on Carroll Gardens because "it felt like a real neighborhood."

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