Comfy and homey Valentine’s Day at Purple Yam

February 9, 2014

We have been running a restaurant for almost 18 years now and Valentine’s Day always stood out as one of the most difficult evenings to prepare for.  For one, there is always that high tension among couples to make it a “perfect evening.”  So there is usually emotional high stakes involved.  But in the last […]

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Dawn Bohulano Mabalon to launch her book in NYC at Purple Yam

February 2, 2014

On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, we welcome our very good friend, Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Associate Professor of History at the San Francisco State University, as she launches her book, Little Manila is in the Heart in New York City. Purple Yam will be closed to the general public on this evening for the book launch.  […]

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Red Cook and Purple Yam Team Up for Chinese New Year

January 21, 2014

Kiam Lam Kho, Red Cook on line, is one of the sweetest people on earth.  Aside from being a good friend, he is knowledgeable about Chinese cooking techniques (he is coming out soon with a book precisely on that subject) and he does Chinese food close to the heart of Chinoys (Chinese Filipinos) because of […]

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NYers for the Philippines Fundraiser, Mon, January 27

January 21, 2014

Please join us on Monday, January 27, 2014 as we come together to celebrate all the good food from these very exciting chefs in New York City.  All are going to be in attendance to showcase the best of what they do so that we can help the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines. […]

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Happy new year to everyone from Purple Yam

January 6, 2014

2014 gives us the chance to wipe the slate clean and start afresh!  At least that is what we hope to do.  2013 was tough on both ends for us.  At the beginning of the year, those of us living in New York City were still getting on with the recovery from Hurricane Sandy.  Until […]

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Pinoy style noodle soups for winter at Purple Yam

January 5, 2014

Now that Chinese New Year is coming up (the year of the Wooden Horse), we want to start celebrating one of the themes of the new year: LONG LIFE as symbolized by noodles (unbroken ones).  In Chinese banquets, noodles are always served last to wish everyone a long and fruitful life. The Chinese traders that […]

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New Year’s Day Brunch & Dinner at Purple Yam

December 30, 2013

It’s a new year and everyone is hopeful that 2014 is finally the year that we all make a great breakthrough.  I am going out on a limb and be a soothsayer, a tea leaf reader or even a diehard optimist.  2014 will be the year of great innovation, of an overwhelming show of humanity, […]

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Purple Yam’s New Year’s Eve Menu

December 26, 2013

Purple Yam will be celebrating New Year’s Eve again and will be open for New Year’s Day brunch and dinner, 11 am – 9 pm.  Menu for New Year’s Day will be in the next post.  See you then.  We thank all the lovely friends that came and gave us a big Christmas Eve and […]

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Christmas Day Brunch & Dinner at Purple Yam

December 21, 2013

Christmas Day is traditionally a time when families go out and celebrate with extended families and close friends. Come to Purple Yam because we ARE family! Christmas Day Menu, Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Brunch & early Dinner 11:00 am – 9 pm Call (718) 940-8188 or email Amy at for reservations Appetizers Ukoy (shrimp […]

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Celebrating the Filipino spirit this Christmas at Purple Yam

December 20, 2013

Purple Yam will be open for Noche Buena, December 24 from 5:30 pm down and open for Christmas Day brunch and dinner starting at 11 am down to 9 pm. Call (718) 940-8188 or email Amy at for reservations No doubt 2013 has been a year of highs and lows for us.  As for […]

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