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Tsurutontan Stalking, the Curious Case of Snap Dog, and More Intel

An update on the three Waldorf Astoria restaurants that are closing, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

Kat Odell

As noted yesterday, the Waldorf Astoria’s restaurantsLa Chine, Bull & Bear, and Peacock Alley — will close next year when the hotel begins its three-year revamp. When asked whether these establishments would reopen after the long break, a rep for the hotel told Eater: "That is our intention." One of these establishments, La Chine, opened less than a year ago to great reviews. The Waldorf rep also explains what’s happening to the restaurant workers: "They are hotel employees and generally covered by the union contract, depending on individual circumstances." The three-year hibernation for these restaurants will begin next spring.

— The first U.S. location of Japanese udon sensation Tsurutontan is almost ready to open. The signage went up yesterday at the old Union Square Cafe space (as pictured above). An online photo menu includes udon with caviar, spicy tuna tartare cones, shrimp tempura, and fried chicken smothered in a purple sauce.

Amuse Wine Bar’s day are numbered. Although the restaurant is still open for business, a new operator is applying for a liquor license in this space for a project called River Coyote. The application indicates that this will also be a bar with a menu of snacks like olives and a cheese plate. Bowery Boogie notes that this space has housed five restaurants since 2008.

— A few years ago, Long Island-based restaurateur Keith Dorman launched a hot dog company called Snap Dog. The operation has been expanding at a rapid clip recently, and now there are 30 Snap Dog carts across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. The dogs here are sourced from small meat purveyors in the Hudson Valley, and they’re made with natural casings, so that they snap when you bite into them. Today, Snap Dog will be giving away free dogs in Washington Square Park from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Here’s a ridiculous Snap Dog commercial that one Eater editor recently saw while watching local late night TV:

As the commercial notes, the name of the company is imprinted on the meat.

Hungry City’s Ligaya Mishan loves chef Myo Lin Thway’s palatas at the Queens International Night Market: "The palata is light, crispy and chewy at once; I carried one home by subway, and it arrived an hour later still soft and supple, without a hint of stiffening. It may come plain, for dipping into a dusky red chicken curry that leans toward India, Myanmar’s neighbor across the Bay of Bengal; or stuffed with minced chicken breast cooked in paprika oil and a masala that Mr. Thway imports from Myanmar, with the warmth of cumin pitched against cardamom’s faint menthol kiss." The critic also files on the Burma Bar inside of Industry City this week.

The landlord of the old Pakistan Tea House space claims that the owners of the Baluchi’s chain still owe over $23,000 in unpaid rent. The team took over the cheap eats favorite last year, then shuttered it for a revamp in January. It reopened in May and closed last month. In an affidavit, restaurateur Rohan Aggarwal claims that the landlord didn’t make necessary adjustments that would’ve allowed them to get the gas hooked up. A "for rent" sign now hangs in the window.

— A thief went on a $3K Soho shopping spree with a credit card pinched from the wallet of a customer at Green Grape Annex last month.

— And finally, here’s how Philippe Bertineau makes the Maine lobster salad at Benoit:

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