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Pizza Rat Heads Uptown, Another Philippe Chow Lawsuit, and More Intel

A new Filipino-Mexican restaurant is opening soon on Hudson Street, plus more news and gossip from around NYC.

[The bar at The Odeon]
[The bar at The Odeon]
Daniel Krieger

— 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."

It took four months, but Pizza Rat finally made it to Washington Heights:

— A new restaurant called 2nd City is coming to the Hudson Street space that was formerly home to Mexicana Mama:

Robert Sietsema

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: