— Two men were shot at Livingroom Steakhouse in Bensonhurst early this morning. One of the men was shot at the bar, and the other was wounded outside the Italian restaurant. Both men are now in stable condition at Lutheran Medical Center. The police say that a man in a grey hoodie came into the restaurant and opened fire. He fled the scene after the shooting. The NYPD has not made any arrests.
— More crime news: Early this morning, a 69-year-old retired NYPD officer shot and killed a man who was attempting to rob patrons of Parkside Pub in Whitestone, Queens. The armed bandit entered the bar around 3:40 a.m. and took money from the register and from customers. The retired cop, who was in the bar at the time of the robbery, drew his gun and shot the thief in the head. No arrests have been made related to this incident.
— On a much lighter note: A new location of fancy grilled cheese sandwich chain Melt Shop is coming to the Fourth Avenue space that previously housed Desi Shack. Check out the presidential race-themed plywood above.
— An update from the Salvation Burger team: "We're still a few weeks away from reopening but will keep you posted as things progress. Can’t wait to see you all!" The new restaurant from April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman was shuttered by a kitchen fire last month.
— A tipster spotted plywood for a new restaurant called Street Food NYC that’s coming soon to JFK airport:
Ages ago, the airport announced that Marcus Samuelsson was developing a casual international street food restaurant with this name in Terminal 4. No word yet on when it will open.
— Becky Cooper of Tables for Two enjoys her visits to Bar Omar in Williamsburg: "An ideal meal starts with the bastilla, pulled chicken and almonds jammed into brik dough and fried until crispy, like a giant square spring roll. It’s topped with a thick layer of confectioner’s sugar, a touch that works so well you may recklessly wonder why more appetizers aren’t frosted. For the main dishes, the bistro basics, especially the steak au poivre, are dependably good, and the couscous is filling. But the tagine (lamb, chicken, or kefta) is the showstopper."
Establishments can be sorted by letter grade and cuisine, and the site also has special filters for "restaurants with rats" and "A+ restaurants."
— The East Village is about to get yet another bubble tea shop. PaTea, a Taiwanese bubble tea operation with a bear as a mascot, is opening at 227 East 14th Street. This storefront is right across the street from the forthcoming Pink Bear rolled ice cream shop, which also has a bear as a mascot.
— A condo tower almost as tall as the Empire State Building might soon rise in the East 60th Street space that previously housed Subway Inn.
— And finally, here’s a look at Trinidadian sandwich shop A&A Bake and Doubles in Bed-Stuy: