The East Village already has Jeepney, Maharlika, Krystal’s Cafe 81, and good ol’ Johnny Air Mart, but where Filipino food is concerned, we say pile it on like it’s a tub of halo halo. The latest entrant into the category is a familiar face: Chef King Phojanakong of LES BYOB destination Kuma Inn has set up inside of East Village beer bar Jimmy’s No. 43 and replaced the menu with one featuring “Thai and Filipino inspired cuisine.” A message from Jimmy’s No. 43 says the full menu at Tito King’s Kitchen, which you can see below, launches tonight.
Phojanakong and Jimmy Carbone (owner of Jimmy’s) have previously collaborated for Carbone’s yearly porkapalooza, Pig Island (this year’s is set for Sept. 12 in Red Hook). So we’re not shocked to see that in addition to the items you see below, groups of eight or more can pre-order a full lechon-style roast pig if they e-mail in advance. This Sunday, there’ll be Father’s Day lunch wherein $25 gets all-you-can-eat lechon with slaw.
Check out the menu.
Pork belly tacos (2 tacos) – $8
with Thai chili lime sauce
Beef burger – $12
with Sriracha chili mayo, “atchara” house pickle slaw
Halo Halo fries – $8
Pork, mayo and bonito flake mix
Lumpia shanghai – $8
Crispy pork spring rolls
Chicken wings “adobo” – $8
Chicken wings, soy, vinegar and garlic
Steamed dumplings – $8
Pork or garden vegetables
“Gulay” – MP
Veggie of the day
Tito King’s Kitchen at Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th St.; reservations via email; hours on website.