— ZOMG, are Shake Shack chicken tenders on the way?! The homegrown burger chain’s new cookbook includes a recipe for them, and they’re essentially the Chick’n Shack fried chicken, cut into smaller pieces. A rep tells Eater.com, “As you can imagine, not all items we test make it to the menu — but you never know what’ll happen down the line!”
— Rapper Fat Joe was at the exclusive Harlem Italian restaurant Rao’s on Wednesday night, and he went hard. He captured the night on his Snapchat, showing him singing his song “All the Way Up” with the busboys. TMZ reports he left a hefty tip on the way out.
— Nowadays has officially returned, bringing its Brooklyn beer garden, music venue, and events space back for the summer — which means Sunday day party Mister Sunday is back. Plus, toward the end of the summer, the venue will open a 5,000-square-foot indoor area that will be open year-round.
— Chinatown has a brazen plant thief, who has been stealing Jajaja’s plants in broad daylight. The vegan Mexican restaurant posted a photo of the woman in the window to call her out.
— There’s drama at Bronx strip club Sin City, whose liquor license was taken away for misrepresentation, yet the Daily News finds it is still serving alcohol.
— A Long Island bar played to disgruntled LIRR passengers, throwing an “LIRR Sucks” party with free drinks in honor of Penn Station’s recent outsized delays. Score one for The Milleridge Inn in Jericho.
— Chicago pizza master Lou Malnati’s is popping up at Toro on May 30, bringing its deep dish to NYC for one night only. If it seems a little random, it’s because Will Malnati, Lou’s son, is a partner at Toro. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a $50, all-inclusive ticket (dinner, beer, gratuity).
— This week the Times’ Ligaya Mishan heads to Caffé Lanka in the Bronx, finding a “part Sri Lankan restaurant and grocery, part pizzeria, with a sideline in quesadillas, falafel and panini.” She leaves wanting more, in a good way.
— Chef Jose Garce’s Amada will serve bocadillos, or Spanish sandwiches, during the day starting on May 15, lasting through the summer. Options include albondigas (lamb meatballs, cumin lime yogurt, harissa, pickled cabbage, $13), vegetable sandwiches, and more. Then, at night, the space will pour rarer Spanish wines alongside tapas-style plates.
— And here now, in honor of today’s return of comedian Aziz Ansari’s NYC-centric Netflix show Master of None, is a look at Bamonte’s. Ansari visits the old-school Italian red sauce joint in Brooklyn in season one: