— Donald Trump returned to ‘21’ Club with has family on Monday night, but unlike his previous visit to the storied Midtown restaurant, he alerted the press pool about his dinner plans, and he sat in a private dining room instead of at his favorite table in the middle of the floor. A spy tells Page Six: "He was accompanied by dozens of police officers and secret service." Diners applauded the president-elect when he entered the restaurant, and he stopped to shake hands and pose for photos. Apparently, Trump also popped into another private room full of real estate people that evening to say hello.
— Chicken & waffles specialist Sweet Chick is expanding to Prospect Heights. Owner John Seymour and his partner Nas are planning to open a new 42-seat location of the comfort food restaurant at 636 Carlton Ave next spring. Sweet Chick also has locations in Williamsburg and the Lower East Side, and the team is in the process of expanding to LA.
— Williamsburg hot spot Sunday in Brooklyn is now open for weekday lunch, and the crew also debuted a market area inside the restaurant, where food is available to-go. The lunch/market menu includes grain bowls, sandwiches, and "market plates" where diners get to pick their choice of meat or fish and two side dishes. Check out the whole list of options here.
— Boris Bangiyer, the owner of Nargis Cafe in Sheepshead Bay, is opening a second branch of his Uzbek restaurant in Park Slope. Bangiyer is taking over the former Nana Sushi space at 155 Fifth Avenue. The chef/restaurateur tells Sheepshead Bites: "It will be slightly different....We’ll be serving the kabobs as an option. We’ll make it a side dish, and the presentations will be different." Nargis Bar & Grill is slated to open in March.
— The restaurant inside the Lower East Side’s Metrograph theater, The Commissary, is now open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.
— A new location of Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee is headed to 139 Reade Street in Tribeca.
— Post critic Steve Cuozzo compares the scene, the vibe, and the food at the Beekman Hotel’s new restaurants, Keith McNally’s Augustine and Tom Colicchio’s Fowler & Wells. His takeaway: "Although neither kitchen has yet hit its full stride, Colicchio’s pricier fare so far holds a razor-thin edge over Augustine’s. But, give us a burger, Tom! — at least in the bar." And here’s Cuozzo’s summary of Augustine: "Its sexy scene handily trumps the more sedate Fowler’s, but some heavy starters — bone marrow, cheese souffle — almost undercut wonderful main dishes."
— Unconfirmed Noho rumormongering: Bite, the sandwich shop at the tip of the triangle-shaped building at 335 Lafayette Street, might be moving into the vacant space next door that previously housed Pinche Taqueria.
— Earlier this week, the CB3’s SLA subcommittee voted to deny the liquor license application for the new location of Taqueria Diana that’s coming to 69 Clinton St. The SLA will make the final decision on whether or not the owners get to serve booze.
— And finally, here’s a look at how Jean-Paul Bourgeois makes the white wings at Blue Smoke: