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David Chang's Ando Prepares for Liftoff, Lowlife's New Tasting Menu, and More Intel

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The Stonewall Inn gets one step closer to national monument status, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

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David Chang's delivery-only restaurant Ando is gearing up for its launch. Team Ando just mailed invitations to industry friends for a private grand-opening party next Wednesday, which means that the service will likely launch next week or the week after. Ando will offer dishes like tofu bowls and chicken cheesesteaks — perhaps in the same vein as Maple, which counts Chang as an investor — and UberRush will take care of delivery. Interested parties can sign-up for Ando updates on the restaurant's homepage.

— Hugh Crickmore's Stanton Street hot spot Lowlife is launching a seven-course chef's tasting menu at the restaurant's kitchen counter, which will run every Tuesday. The menu from chef Alex Leonard will change from week to week based on what's available at the market. The meal is $72 with an optional $55 wine pairing, and two seatings will be available per night. Reservations can be made by calling: 212-257-0509. The tasting menu kicks off this evening. Earlier this year, Ryan Sutton gave the restaurant two stars.

— Yesterday, at a meeting at PS 41 attended by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, local community members testified in support of the plan to make the historic Stonewall Inn a national monument. The Christopher Street bar — which is considered the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement — already has city landmark status. For it to become a national monument, the land has to be transferred over to the federal government. CNN notes that President Obama is likely to approve the plan by June, right in time for the annual LGBT Pride celebration.

Australian coffee company Toby's Estate is expanding to Long Island City. The new cafe at 25-26 Jackson Ave will inhabit a converted townhouse space with high ceilings and a backyard. This will be the chain's fifth New York City location, overall. No word yet on when it will open.

— The owners of two-year-old East Village ice cream shop Mikey Likes It just launched a food truck.

Fancy grilled cheese sandwich shop Meltkraft is expanding to the Financial District. A new outpost of the mini-chain is slated to open at 3 Hanover Square in June. As DNAinfo notes, all the cheese in the sandwiches is sourced from the owner's farm in New Jersey.

Harlem hot spot The Cecil just launched a new delivery service called Cecil on the Run. The menu includes hits from the dinner menu, plus a few delivery-only items like a fried chicken bucket and a brisket sandwich. Entrees are priced from $10 to $26, and orders can be placed on the restaurant's homepage, as well as Seamless, GrubHub, UberEats, or Postmates. The delivery zone is 100th Street to 147th Street, between Amsterdam and Madison for all services except Postmates, which will deliver anywhere in NYC.

— The jokesters at Vinny's Pizza in Williamsburg created a mini version of the all-pizza pizza box that could be used for presenting an engagement ring, or just a tiny slice:

— Second Avenue Italian restaurant Cellar 58 is currently closed for renovations.

Morgenstern's is serving three push-pop ice creams with flavors inspired by Glossier lip gloss this week.

— And finally, here are seven sushi rules you're probably breaking:

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