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Fall Brings the Return of Pizza Rat and His Hungry Adventures

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Plus, Chinatown loses a longtime jerky shop

Pizza Rat is back, and he’s hungry

New York’s unofficial mascot Pizza Rat has returned. The pie-loving rat that stole New Yorkers’ hearts and even inspired a Halloween costume just keeps popping up on subways and streets, and this time he’s bringing it back to his roots with a subway slice fight. Watch above as Pizza Rat battles multiple hungry enemies to protect his dinner. No one puts Pizza Rat in a corner.

Nom Wah Tu officially opens with all-night happy hour

Nom Wah Tu, the Lower East Side restaurant that used to be Fung Tu and is now the newest member of the Nom Wah dim sum family, has been open with limited hours and a limited menu at 22 Orchard Street for the last two weeks. But starting tonight, full hours and the full menu begins, and to celebrate, it’s happy hour all night with dollar spring rolls, 25 percent off all wine bottles, $5 Tsingtao, and more.

Another fall day, another slew of restaurant openings

Joining the NYC dining scene this week: Pommes Palais, a reopening of the French cafe at 30 East 51st Street; Pasta Shop, a retail portion annexed to the side of pasta-focused restaurant Spaghetti Incident at 231 Eldridge Street; &pizza, a D.C.-based fast-casual pizzeria that opens its second NYC location at 740 Broadway; and Da Capo, a “cafe by day and cocktail bar by night” at 322 Columbus Avenue.

Chinatown loses a longtime jerky shop

Thirty-five-year-old Chinatown beef jerky shop New Beef King will soon close. Owner Robert Yee plans to retire, which means his daily-made jerky will, too. It’s a loss for the neighborhood, though others like Ping’s Dried Beef luckily remain to satisfy Chinese dried beef cravings.

Future openings

Six upcoming restaurants on the radar: Frame Foods, a 12,000-square-foot food court that might class up the offerings in the Empire State Building with potential purveyors like Sullivan Street Bakery; a to-be-announced concept at 317 West 46th Street from the owner of Scarlatto; Supermoon Bakehouse, a mysterious-sounding bakery headed to 120 Rivington Street; Corner Delhi, an Indian restaurant at 447 Bergen Street in Park Slope; Milk Bar, an expansion of the popular Prospect Heights brunch spot — unrelated to Christina Tosi’s bakery — to 204 6th Avenue in Park Slope; and Peeled N' Pressed, a juice bar headed to 808 Union Street, also in Park Slope.

Bougie hot dogs and whole hogs for charity

Popular Brooklyn meat purveyor The Meat Hook and its partner brewery Threes Brewing are throwing a whole hog barbecue to benefit Esperanza NY, a nonprofit dedicated to helping young people who are navigating the courts for whatever reasons. Tickets are available here for the Sunday, October 15 event, which includes unlimited Eastern Carolina-style roast pork and beer.

Plus, celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian has teamed up with Crif Dogs in the East Village to put a “GZ’s Pastrami Dog” on the menu. The $19 all-beef hot dog comes topped with chopped pastrami, pickles, caramelized onions, spicy mustard, and horseradish aioli alongside French fries. If the price seems a little steep, take comfort in the fact that $1 of it benefits City Harvest. The special runs through October at the bar at Zakarian’s Lambs Club.

For a look at a true, less fancified New York dog, watch below: