Foodie escape in New York: Bongbong, Liza Marcos go luxury restaurant hopping in triumphant return to Manhattan

More than two decades since he last set foot in New York, President Bongbong Marcos told Asia Society members he was thrilled to be back at the Big Apple to get a bite of Sabrett and souvlaki sandwich, as well as Katz’s pastrami on rye.

But bilyonaryo friends made sure Marcos and First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos would get the most of their return to Manhattan— where their love story began— by booking back-to-back-to-back feasts in some of New York’s finest restaurants.

A Babbler said Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Sabin Aboitiz and Michael Tan were among the bilyonaryos who hosted luncheons and dinners for the First Family and their close friends in New York.

“The hosts asked the Marcoses where they wanted to dine and they obliged,” the Babbler said.

After Marcos’ speech at the 77th United Nations General Assembly, the Babbler said the President and his group dined at Cipriani on 42nd Street. They also ate at a top Korean restaurant after attending Eric Clapton’s concert.

The Marcoses were also treated to a blowout at the fabulous Italian restaurant, Sant Ambroeus on Madison Avenue, and Mr. Chow, a Chinese restaurant with waiters speaking with an Italian accent and a gorgeous interior, which the New York magazine describes as a dining room right out of Al Pacino’s Scarface.

The highlight of the Marcoses’ gustatory tour was a dinner for 60 persons at French seafood place Le Bernardin, one of the world’s most expensive restaurants and one of seven with three Michelin stars in New York.

As the President himself puts it: “Being in New York is always fun.”

“We miss it terribly and we are very happy to be given the chance to come back. But I would say that she has been — had a better opportunity to have some fun in New York,” Marcos added.


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