Purple Yam: 1314 Cortelyou Rd., (718) 940-8188
Two Courses: We were thrilled to find this underrated Filipino restaurant on the Bib Gourmand list, one of the few true places where yes, you’ll have to work awfully hard to exceed 40 bucks. The heavily vinegared Chicken Adobo is a must try ($16), along with an order of Bagoong Fried Rice with Philippine fermented shrimp ($5).
Wine or Dessert: The desserts are wonderfully unique, like Halo Halo with sweet beans ($6) and Kalamansi Meringue Pie ($7.50). Or if you ask nicely, chef Romy Dorotan will make you an Abita root beer float, with purple yam, jackfruit or coconut sprout ice creams.