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Pizza Rat's Origin Story, Pies 'N' Thighs at Threes Brewing, and More Intel

Shake Shack opens a new location on Long Island, plus more restaurant news.

[The bar at Bushwick hot spot El Cortez.  Solid choice for an after work drink or dinner today, Tuesday, September 22.]
[The bar at Bushwick hot spot El Cortez. Solid choice for an after work drink or dinner today, Tuesday, September 22.]
Daniel Krieger

— The now-famous Pizza Rat was captured on film by Matt Little, a comedian who performs at the UCB Theater. The clip was shot on the steps of the First Avenue L train station on Sunday night. Little tells DNAinfo: "He’s not the hero that New York City needs...he’s the hero that New York City deserves." The New Yorker has more details on America's favorite pizza-loving critterhe's lived in the East Village his whole life (four months), he's been around the block twice (it takes "a long-ass time"), and he thinks that Artichoke Basille's "might actually be worse than that Famous 99 Cent crap."

The Pies 'N' Thighs team is serving food at Threes Brewing in Gowanus from now till October 11. The menu includes pimento cheese dip, mini chicken biscuits, peel-and-eat shrimp, chicken pot pie, and peach cobbler.

— Shake Shack recently opened its second outpost on Long Island. The new burger stand is located at 1570 Union Turnpike in New Hyde Park.

The Second Avenue storefront that housed Wylie Dufresne's Alder until last month is now for rent. The space can be yours for $17,389 per month in rent plus $395,000 in key money.

Two Boots co-owner Phil Hartman is suing his ex-wife, Doris Kornish, for allegedly breaking an agreement to sell their $14 million East Second Street townhouse and divvy up the profits. Kornish tells the Post that they "agreed not to sell the house."

— Lower East Side Japanese restaurant Asazu is now serving chanko-nabe, which is a hot pot dish that's fairly hard to find in NYC. Sumo wrestlers love it, and on select nights, the restaurant will be screening sumo tournaments form Japan.

As promised, the Mermaid Inn Upper West Side moved into the space next door at 570 Amsterdam Avenue, formerly the home of Mamajuana Cafe:

[Facebook/Mermaid Inn]

The old space at 568 Amsterdam Avenue will soon become Pizzeria Gesto, a new Italian restaurant from Mermaid owner Danny Abrams and former Raoul's managing partner Cindy Smith. It's slated to open in November.

— Chris Jaeckle's year-and-a-half-old Greenwich Village restaurant All'onda launches a new lunch menu today, with seven sandwiches and two soups. Options include a meatball hero, a porchetta sandwich, Venetian tuna salad on whole wheat, and miso chicken ramen. Most sandwiches are under $11, and the burger is on the menu too.

— A tipster sends word that Caffe Linda in Midtown has closed: "Very sad to see this cozy neighborhood place papered up and closed at 145 East 49th Street in the Best Western Hospitality House hotel."

— Sushi Ko's John Daley is now serving lunchtime omakase meals Monday through Friday at Church Street Tavern in Tribeca. Seatings are available at 1 or 3 p.m.

— And finally, here's how to make  bone marrow at home, in the style of Toro's Ken Oringer:


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