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Vanity Fair Burns Trump Grill, Tim Ho Wan Opens Tomorrow, and More Intel

Amy Sacco will shutter No. 8 in Chelsea, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

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[The dining room at Morimoto in Chelsea]
[Daniel Krieger]

Has the food at Trump Grill in the Trump Tower gotten worse in the 11 months since Eater critic Robert Sietsema paid a visit? Intrepid Vanity Fair columnist Tina Nguyen reports on a recent meal: "The steak came out overcooked and mealy, with an ugly strain of pure fat running through it, crying out for A.1. sauce (it was missing the promised demi-glace, too). The plate must have tilted during its journey from the kitchen to the table, as the steak slumped to the side over the potatoes like a dead body inside a T-boned minivan." This morning, the president-elect tweeted: "Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!" But as we know, Donald doesn’t like the mag's editor-in-chief Graydon Carter or his restaurants very much.

— Mike Chau, AKA Food Baby’s dad, shares a bunch of photos from 4 Charles Prime Rib, the new West Village restaurant from Chicago star Brendan Sodikoff. The menu includes three cuts of prime rib, crispy chicken, whole Dover sole, and a "diner style burger," that looks kind of like the one at Au Cheval. The dessert menu includes two $12 slicess of pie, and an $18 "sundae royale" with three scoops of ice cream.

Hong Kong dim sum import Tim Ho Wan is slated to open in the old Spice space on the corner of Fourth Avenue and East 10th Street tomorrow. The original location holds the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant to ever receive a Michelin star. The restaurant will have a soft opening phase for one month starting tomorrow, wherein the kitchen will operate with limited hours. Stay tuned for more details from inside the dim sum mothership.

No. 8, the pseudo-revival of storied club Bungalow 8 on West 16th Street, is closing at the end of the year. Amy Sacco says that another bar/restaurant from her partners at LDV Hospitality will take its place. The nightlife doyenne will move No. 8’s Rec Room lounge to a new space. Sacco tells Page Six: "I need a more low-key hood for my vinyl and my crew."

Ligaya Mishan’s list of the top cheap eats restaurants of 2016 includes Sons of Thunder, Woodside Cafe, Mumbai Express, and Taste of Samarkand.

— A $10 "Korean BBQ chicken bibimbap" was just added to the menu of David Chang’s popular new delivery-only restaurant Ando.

The Queens Library is getting a new food incubator called Jamaica FEASTs (Food Entrepreneurship and Services Training Space). After completing training, upstart entrepreneurs will be able to use the center’s kitchen facilities, and sell food at the library’s cafeteria. The program will start accepting applications next month.

— And finally, here’s how to make pizza like Bobby Hellen, the chef of GG’s in the East Village:

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