LONG ISLAND—We have an early look at the menu for MP Taverna, Michael Psilakis' upcoming restaurant on...Long Island. He'll be serving fried halumi, meatballs, and octopus, both lamb and beef burgers, and entrees like braised lamb shank and grilled branzino when it opens on May 9. See the menu here (PDF) or below. It's located at 1363 Old Northern Boulevard in Roslyn, NY. [EaterWire]
CARROLL GARDENS— Peter Shelsky, the owner of Pete's Eats on the Lower East Side, is opening Shelsky's Smoked Fish on Smith Street next month. He'll serve smoked salmon, house-pickled herring, house-cured herring, bagels, bialys and rugelach.
LOS ANGELES— Scoops ice creamery in Los Angeles, by Eater LA's request, went ahead and made a hamburger ice cream. Well, not exactly: Since meat flavor would be "disgusting," they added "everything else that makes a burger good," so therefore the Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar ice cream was born. [-ELA-]
EAST VILLAGE—The owners of Cafe Madeline in Brooklyn have taken over the Bluebird Coffee space on East 1st St. [EVG]
WEST VILLAGE—Empellon now serves brunch. On the menu: eggs on a tostada with beans, ham and peas, brioche french toast with bananas and crema, skirt steak with eggs, and more. [EaterWire]
LOWER EAST SIDE—The new Lower East Side branch of Rhong Tiam soft opened today for takeout at 5 PM. [EaterWire]