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The Verb Cafe is reborn in Greenpoint, plus more restaurant news from around NYC.

[The dining room at Dirty Candy on the Lower East Side]
[The dining room at Dirty Candy on the Lower East Side]
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— A new restaurant called Wu's Wonton King is now open in the old Wing Shoon space on the corner of East Broadway and Essex Street. The menu has a ton of seafood dishes, noodle soups, and casseroles.

18 employees of the Philippe Chow restaurants have filed a class action lawsuit against the company that runs these establishments over alleged wage violations. The suit also claims that workers were asked to perform "menial and humiliating tasks" like cleaning "walls sprayed with blood from butchering animal carcasses." The CEO of Merchants Hospitality says that his team is reviewing the complaint.

— In other lawsuit news: A former Eataly line cook by the name of Scott Silberlight is suing the Italian dining complex because he got called names like "gringo" while working in the kitchen. The chef says that "this inappropriate behavior" made him feel "extremely uncomfortable." He complained to a manager, but he was allegedly told to "hang in there." The line cook is seeking unspecified damages.

The proprietors of Park Slope's L’Albero dei Gelati are planning a new location of the gelateria at 667 Classon Ave in Crown Heights. The restaurant is replacing Elsie's Parlor.

— Here's a look at a Salvation Burger patty prototype:

The Spotted Pig team's new restaurant in the Pod 51 hotel is slated to open next month.

Two restaurants at the base of the massive building that houses Jing Fong closed recently. One of them was a dim sum restaurant called Sunshine 72, and the other was the second outpost of rice pot specialist A-Wah. No word yet on what will take their places inside the building.

Ligaya Mishan visits recently-revived Harlem restaurant Africa Kine. One favorite dish: "Petit pois, fresh green peas, arrive whole and still taste miraculously bright, despite an eternity of stewing. On a recent evening, they were presented with lamb, but my table barely noticed, doting on the peas and their companion potatoes, which had hit the precise mark between sturdy and tender."

— Bedford Avenue fixture Verb Cafe closed in 2014 because of an absurd rent hike. But a new restaurateur bought the name and asked some former employees to run an iteration of the cafe in Greenpoint. Verb 2.0 serves the same coffee drinks and sandwiches that were offered at the original. It's located at 107 Nassau Avenue.

— A new location of the chain Coffeed is coming to 184 7th Avenue South.

Sietsema files a dispatch: "In a hilariously small, glassed-in sliver of a space that has been a fortune telling parlor, private mailing facility, as well as a slew of other tiny businesses, will soon debut the 12th branch of Coffeed, a coffee shop that donates three to ten percent of its profits to local charities, with other branches in Midtown, Long Island City, and Seoul, Korea. Huh? Neighborhood already jammed with coffee shops, including at least a dozen within four blocks."

— This week, The Robs list their favorite versions of cacio e pepe. The pasta dishes at Lupa, I Sodi, Momofuku Nishi, Sandro's, and Perla make the cut.

— And finally, here's a handy guide to American regional barbecue styles:

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