Shake Shack to pop up on Staten Island this month
Ahead of the opening of Shake Shack in Staten Island Mall later this spring, the NYC-born burger chain is set to pop up at 501 Port Richmond Ave. in the original location of Staten Island’s Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices & Ice Cream later this month. On May 12th, starting at 11:30 a.m., Shake Shack will offer a limited menu of Shackburgers and crinkle-cut fries alongside the Ralph’s menu of sweet treats. Shackburger and Ralph’s will also collaborate on a one-day only “Strawberry Shackcake” Italian ice, made with vanilla ice, strawberry purée, and cumbled graham cracker.
Soho Grand’s outdoor restaurant with beach vibes returns for the summer
Today, Gilligan’s returns to the outdoor dining space at Soho Grand Hotel with an oyster bar and other seafood offerings, like a lobster roll and whole branzino fish. There are also stone oven pizzas and frozen watermelon margaritas. The outdoor, beachy spot debuted at the hotel last summer.
Greenwich Village Taco Bell with frozen cocktails might be DOA
It doesn’t look like the promised boozy Taco Bell is coming to Greenwich Village anymore. Planned for 647 Broadway, the Taco Bell “cantina” — which is what the brand calls its outposts that feature tapas-style menus and frozen cocktails — was supposed to take over the space of a closed shoe shop, but a “for rent” sign has now gone up on the storefront. Another cantina plotted for Bushwick is waiting on a liquor license.
A week of Filipino prix fixe lunches and dinners
Filipino Restaurant Week starts today at 3 p.m. at the Philippine Center located at 556 Fifth Ave. in Midtown. Chefs and owners of the 24 participating restaurants will serve samples of their food. Participating NYC restaurants and pop-ups — like Talde, Maharlika, and Flip Sigi — will offer prix fixe menus of Filipino food from May 14th to the 26th, as is the restaurant week tradition. Lunches are priced at $25 and dinners are $35. Restaurants in New Jersey and Philadelphia will also take part.