— Shake Shack is getting ready to roll out a brand spanking-new menu item called the Bacon-Cheddar Shack. The chain's chief executive officer Randy Garutti describes it as a "classic cheeseburger topped with all-natural bacon, and melted, aged cheddar cheese sauce." It will cost $6.89, although no word yet on when, exactly, it will hit the menu. On an earnings call yesterday, Garutti said that the recently-introduced Chick'n Shack sandwich was the "largest driver" of growth during the chain's first quarter of 2016. Over the next year, Shake Shack plans to open 32 more locations.
— Ligaya Mishan finds delectable Taiwanese-style bento boxes at Taiwan Bear House on Pell Street. Here's the critic on the meat options: "The fried chicken is inspired by the 'popcorn' style of chicken sold at night markets in Taiwan, boneless hunks of meat perfumed with Chinese five-spice and slightly feverish, with a chewiness just under the surface. The pork chop is dredged not in the usual sweet potato starch but in panko. Purists may object, but the sheath of crumbs comes out well bronzed, somehow crispy and wispy at once."
— The soft serve window at Dominique Ansel Kitchen opens for the season today at noon. In addition to the burrata soft serve from last year, Ansel's crew will also be serving a new "salt and pepper caramel" flavor, which comes with devil's food cake and a potato gaufrette.
— The old Funkiberry space on the corner of Third Avenue and East 12th Street is turning into a pizzeria. No word yet on who is operating the new slice parlor, but this storefront previously housed at least two pizzerias before it was turned into the fro-yo shop. Funkiberry closed last spring after less than nine months in business.
— Mayor de Blasio celebrated his 55th birthday at the Brooklyn Bowl last night. During a comedy set, Louie C.K. quipped: "I don’t like politicians....But I really do like this dude — and the reason is because he’s just a nerd." Tickets were priced from $150 to $250.
— Philadelphia star Peter Serpico will be serving a special meal at Virginia's in the East Village on Monday May 23. As you may recall, he was one of the driving forces at Momofuku Ko when it first opened. The dinner at Virginia's is $75, and reservations can be made by emailing: email@example.com.
— Academy Award-winning actor/nightlife beast Leo DiCaprio rolled into Bodega Negra on Wednesday night with a posse of six people, including model Ela Kawalec. After dinner, Leo and his crew headed to Marquee.
They're available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for $4.95 a pop.
— Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg is getting a "modern day apothecary" called Equilibria. In addition to wellness products, the shop will also serve pour-over coffee and tea. It's slated to open at 320 Bedford later this month.
— The Parkside Lounge is hosting a crawfish boil tomorrow, with all-you-can eat crawfish for $45 at the door, or $40 if you make a reservation.
— Gabriel Kruether, Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, Vaucluse, and Arcade Bakery are up NYCxDESIGN Awards. The winners will be announced later this month.
— And finally, here's a look at how the Faicco's crew makes some of New York's finest sausages: