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Manila Social Club Bringing Filipino Fare to Williamsburg; More in the Works

Welcome to the weekly Plywood Report. Coming soon: Barbecue in Bay Ridge, a '40s Miami-themed bar in Crown Heights, and more.

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Williamsburg: Björn DelaCruz is taking his Filipino-inspired pop-up brick and mortar late next month, opening Manila Social Club with his siblings. Expect dishes like a black chicken that's somewhere between coq au vin and Filipino adobo. The restaurant will open at 2 Hope Street, in the old Miller's Tavern space, and will serve dinner and brunch. [VV]

Bay Ridge: Pig Guy NYC, which operates kiosks at Citi Field and on Coney Island, is opening its first sit-down barbecue restaurant on 3rd Avenue. The location will be a test model for further franchise expansion. [BK Daily]

Chelsea: Scandinavian-style cafe Fika is opening a third Chelsea location at 180 9th Avenue on February 23. This location, along with the two others in the neighborhood, will offer beer and wine, and chocolates from the chain's Tribeca kitchen, alongside pastries and the usual sandwich/salad cafe fare. [DNAinfo]

Battery Park: Midtown mini-chain Schnippers will be settling in at One New York Plaza along with a slew of other chains like Starbucks, Chop't, and Chipotle. [PLYWOOD]

Crown Heights: A 1940's Miami themed spot called King Tai Bar is coming to 1095 Bergen Street sometime early next month. The bar will overlook the community garden next door. The name is an homage to the Chinese-American fish restaurant that was there before. [DNAinfo]

Tribeca: The neighborhood has felt the sting of a slew of shutters lately, but at least one of those spaces now has a new suitor. The owners of Long Island-based restaurant Harbor Mist are opening something in the recently shuttered Pao space. No word yet on whether it will be another Harbor Mist or something different. [Tribeca Citizen]

Lower East Side: Karaoke Boho is moving down the block into the now-vacant Tammany Hall space at 152 Orchard Street, in order to escape the grasp of Ben Shaoul. Gut renovation is going on right now, and the owners will battle for their liquor license in a saturated area next month. [BB]

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