— No more Waldorf salads from the source. The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel closed yesterday, after 86 years of operation. Over the next two to three years, Anbang will convert over 1000 hotel rooms into condos.
— The Flower Shop is now open on the Lower East Side (107 Eldridge St.) in the spot that had been Fontana’s for over a decade. The bi-level restaurant comes from Dylan Hales, a co-owner who is also partner in the Randolph bars, along with William Tisch and Dave Turner. According to Bedford + Bowery, William’s father, Steve Tisch, co-owner of the New York Giants, is said to be an investor along with skateboard legend, Tony Hawk. The Flower Shop offers a mid-Century rec room aesthetic with wood paneled walls. The lower level also has a bar with a pool table, jukebox, and pink fireplace. Here’s the menu.
— Another location for Dos Toros is opening in the Flatiron (668 6th Ave.) and it’s giving away a burrito and tacos for a buck on Tuesday, March 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. It’s the 13th location of the chain from Leo and Oliver Kremer, who told Eater they wanted to open 15 to 20 locations in three years.
— Bing Kitchen has closed, with a sign taped to the door. Bowery Boogie confirmed, with co-owner Aaron Gallentine, who emailed a response that Bing Kitchen outgrew the space and the storefront was too small for production. A larger location will open later this year, potentially in the East Village. In his one-star review of the restaurant, Robert Sietsema wrote, “As an app or side dish, the tiger salad — made of shredded scallions and cukes seasoned with a lively chile vinaigrette — constitutes a bargain at $3. This is what a one-star review does best: directs you to the things at a middling place that are emphatically worth eating.”
— Cafe Erzulie (894 Broadway) has opened in Bushwick, a verdant cafe next to a flower shop under the The cafe's name was inspired by the goddess Erzulie, the Haitian spirit of love, beauty, dancing, luxury, and flowers. Here is the outdoor patio:
— Finally, ever wonder why a meal at a steakhouse costs so much? Allow us to explain: