Turns out the East Village, already a destination for Filipino food, just got not one but two new Pinoy options. In addition to Tito King’s Kitchen, a bygone neighborhood mainstay has made a return of sorts. Elvie’s Turo-Turo was a First Avenue fixture until its namesake proprietress retired and closed the place in 2009, sending this reporter into a balut panic. Now the daughter of Elvie, Carla Cinco, has opened a new takeout joint just a half-block from her mom’s former perch.
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.