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Shake Shack Gears Up for Penn Station Opening, Cuozzo Takes Ichiran for a Spin, and More Intel

Ando adds a miso Caesar salad to the menu, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

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The chicken sandwich at Shake Shack is so popular that Danny Meyer’s ever-expanding chain is adding two more iterations to the menu next year, both of which will be topped with barbecue sauce. Shake Shack also expanded its app this week so that guests can use it to place orders for the Upper East Side and Downtown Brooklyn locations as well as Midtown East. On an investor call this week, CEO Randy Garutti also talked about the possibility of adding delivery in the near future: "We’re excited about delivery, but we’re not joining in with one partner at this time." And one last tidbit of Shack news: The company plans to offer breakfast at the forthcoming Penn Station location of Shake Shack, with coffee, juice, and grab-and-go sausage sandwiches. It looks like that Shack is almost ready to roll:

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Steve Cuozzo loves the ramen at hot Bushwick arrival Ichiran, but he thinks the whole silent, solo booth set-up doesn’t deliver on its promise: "[L]ike most restaurant gimmicks, Ichiran’s ‘low-interaction dining’ shtick crumbles like cake that failed to set. Don’t expect to slurp in silence — or even calm. On one of my visits, screeches of crying babies, chairs dragging across the floor, hooty Japanese music and talk radio emanated simultaneously from all corners of the hard-edged space."

Joël Robuchon plans to open his revival of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in the old Colicchio & Sons space next year, with a 36-seat counter facing an open kitchen and a bar area with seating for around 50 people. The following year, Robuchon will likely debut his restaurant/market at East 53rd Street.

Although the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is trying to crack down on "excessive hospitality" during awards season, that hasn’t stopped movie studios from hosting lavish lunches to sway Academy voters. Page Six notes that studios have recently organized events for voters to eat with A-list stars at Le Bernardin, 21 Club, Monkey Bar, and Lincoln.

David Chang’s delivery-only restaurant Ando is adding a miso Caesar salad to the menu today, with a dressing that's made with peanut butter, eggs, miso, and soy. It costs $10.

— Eater critic Robert Sietsema spotted some plywood at 175 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg: "Astoria-based bakery with branch in Forest Hills and former branch further up Bedford. Specializing in pies, cakes, and cupcakes, founded in 1972."

Thai-style rolled ice cream shop 10Below is planning to expand to Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Los Angeles, and DC soon. The company is based in NYC and has four locations around the city right now.

Voice critic Zachary Feldman loves the small plates at Korean newcomer Atoboy on East 28th Street: "Roasted seaweed crackers offer a blast of pure umami to jump-start the taste buds, and two kinds of kimchi, cabbage and radish, buzz with chile pepper heat. Lighter fare, like plump littleneck clams with avocado and rice crackers, arrives next. Smoked eel lends a campfire kick to French beans and grapes, while mustard likewise boosts tofu and king oyster mushrooms." In other Atoboy news, the restaurant recently launched lunch. Check out the new menu here.

Harvey Weinstein’s election night party at Cipriani was attended by Michael Moore, Naomi Campbell, Paul McCartney, Rihanna, Darren Aronofsky, and Dick Cavett.

Ancolie, the health food restaurant where everything is in mason jars, is slated to open tomorrow at 58 West 8th Street in Greenwich Village.

— And finally, here’s a look at how the team at Otafuku in the East Village makes the shop’s taiyaki: