— Philippe Chow and Michael Chow have been suing each other for the last six and a half years over alleged "misappropriation of trade secrets" and creating "unfair competition by deceptive conduct." A few months ago, a federal appeals court ruled that Michael Chow had to pay over $1 million in legal fees to his rival. But now the proprietors of Philippe are seeking an injunction against their lawyer, because they claim he's trying to pocket the money. A lawyer for Philippe's lawyer tells the Post: "They claim ownership to [funds] that were never awarded to them. It’s not their property."
— A new restaurant called 2nd City is coming to the Hudson Street space that was formerly home to Mexicana Mama:
This place bills itself as an "Amasian" restaurant. According to the homepage, this is the new project from Jordan Andino, a chef who has appeared on Chopped and a Canadian cooking show called Chef in Your Ear. The restaurant promises a "soulful blend of Filipino-Mexican" food. No word yet on when it will open.
— A new Midtown food truck called Flying Pig Jianbing sells only one item: an egg crepe stuffed with spicy ground pork for $7. The dish gets high marks from Midtown Lunch.
— The owners of wine bar mini chain Vin Sur Vingt plan to open a new location of the French restaurant at 66 W. 84th St.
— Tacoffee, a new Mexican/American restaurant in Williamsburg, has over 234 items on its menu. The salsas, tortillas, and cakes are all made in-house. The proprietors of this restaurant on the corner of Grand and Lorimer also operate nearby Princessa on Graham Avenue.
— Nicholas Niarchos of Tables for Two likes the mezedes at Avra Estiatorio in Midtown: "There are classics, including grilled haloumi, which has just the right amount of bounce as you chew and swallow, and ouzo mussels in a tomato-infused broth which explode with anise. These compete with a few crossover dishes—Chilean souvlaki places hunks of grilled sea bass over a roasted-red-pepper sauce, and tuna tartare is sprinkled with so much sesame that its flavor profile flits toward the East."
— City of Gold, the documentary about Los Angeles-based critic Jonathan Gold, now has a release date: March 11. The film includes an appearance by Gold's longtime colleague Robert Sietsema.
— The Good Fork in Red Hook is offering a special tenth anniversary menu on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays this month. The $45 four-course prix fixe will highlight customer favorites from the last decade, like the steak and eggs. The regular menu will also be available.
— And finally, here's a look at how the Ovenly team makes chocolate chip cookie sandwiches: