Hitting the subway with good food

HAVE you ever dreamt about going to the New York City Subway and recreating those cute Hollywood movie scenes? And after doing your little photo shoot, you will feed yourself scrumptious Western dishes. You can now make these dreams come true without taking a flight to New York as Pen Cafe and Bistro brings a New York Subway-inspired ambience to the city.

Aiming to offer a comfortable, welcoming, well-priced and extraordinary dining experience to Cebuanos, Pen Cafe and Bistro serves Western and Filipino hearty dishes, delectable cakes and pastries, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and an ambience everyone would surely love. It is owned by the Tiu family whose love for cooking is unconditional. 

The Cafe and Bistro boasts of its 52--and counting--palatable, American-sized yet affordable dishes such as its best-sellers: Cilantro Lime Salad, which is a mix of fresh lettuce and fruits tossed with cilantro dressing and top with grilled chicken; Shawie’s Vegetarian Pasta, which is spaghetti pasta tossed in tomatoes and topped with sautéed chicken strips, Parmesan cheese and parsley; Pen Garlic BBQ Ribs, which is a perfectly smoke-grilled slab of tender pork ribs rubbed with special seasoning and basted with Pen garlic BBQ sauce served with a special sauce and veggies on the side.

Pinoy All Time Favorites like pork sisig (sizzling pork mask stir-fried with onion, garlic, jalapeno and tossed with Pen’s special sauce), crispy pata (Pen’s own version) and buchi (deep fried chicken craw) are also available. These all-time favorites are best paired with local or imported beers. 

Aside from providing a unique dining experience, Pen Cafe and Bistro wants to further its service by accepting private functions and catering services. Its friendly and approachable staff members are ready to serve everyone from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. every day.

This two-floor cafe and bistro settled at The Greenery in Mabolo is spacious enough to accommodate up to 90 diners at a time unlike the real-life subway that is too crowded. Plus, parking spaces are available for its customers’ convenience. 

Beautiful paintings and photographs of New York City, signage, newspapers on the wall, graffiti and lamp posts will welcome you as  you walk inside the cafe. The chain link fence gate, the white brick wall, the diagram of the New York City Subway and the pipe lighting on the second floor make it more appealing and will indubitably give you New York City feels. Indeed, the city’s veins are present in every detail of this restaurant.
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