December 16, 2016
Commander-In-Tweet Trump Reacts To Vanity Fair’s Bad Review Of Trump Grill

The president-elect took to a Twitter tirade again after his restaurant; Trump Grill was called possibly "the worst restaurant in America." According to the Seattle Times, the 70-year-old politician was reacting to a bad review from Vanity Fair which slammed everything about the Manhattan restaurant located inside Trump Tower.

The Vanity Fair review lampooned the restaurant on Wednesday for trying to look expensive, mentioning that its shabby décor left plenty to be desired and that locating the toilet paper was a nightmare.

"The restaurant features a stingy number of French-ish paintings that look as though they were bought from Home Goods. Wall-sized mirrors serve to make the place look much bigger than it actually is. The bathroom transport diners to the experience of desperately searching for toilet paper at a Venezuelan grocery store."
The reviewer, Tina Nguyen, queried the waiter's poor communication skills, revealing that when she asked what Trump's children ate, he responded, "I've shaken hands with him before, and they're pretty normal-sized hands." She described the sad filet mignon she ordered like a "dead body inside a T-boned minivan," and likened the disappointing drinks to what is "concocted by a college freshman experimenting in their dorm room."

Trump had responded in typical fashion by ridiculing Vanity Fair's circulation numbers in 140 characters.

"Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of Vanity Fair Magazine? Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out."
According to CNN, the feud between Donald Trump and editor of the Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter, goes back over 20 years when Carter was the editor of sardonic magazine, Spy. The magazine had a penchant of always ridiculing the billionaire businessman and his unapologetic displays of wealth. In 1988, the magazine had described Trump as a "short-fingered vulgarian."

Carter, in a column last year, pointed out that Trump actually did have stubby fingers and in a tear sheet from the magazine, highlighted the fingers of Mr. Trump and how he always tried to hide them. In 2012, Trump had tweeted that the magazine would crumble very soon.

Trump also consistently attacked Carter's three restaurants namely The Waverly Inn, Monkey Bar, and the Beatrice Inn which he later sold to its chef. In 2013, Trump began tweeting about Carter's bad food restaurants, addressing his tweets to the parent company of Vanity Fair, hoping it would get the editor in trouble. Most times, the tweets coincided when satires were written about Trump.

In 2014, Trump slammed the Waverly Inn for serving the worst food in New York City. He also called Carter, a "desperate restaurant man," a phrase that Carter took a liking to and used it as a pay-off line printed at the top of the Waverly Inn menu.

But is the Trump Grill really that bad or is Carter just trying to get under the skin of his arch-enemy?

On Yelp, the Manhattan restaurant has a 2.5-star rating. One reviewer depicted the restaurant as cafeteria food being sold at restaurant prices. The reviewer warned people to avoid the place like a plague, adding that there were better lunch options in town. Another reviewer loved the steaks and lobster rolls but complained that the lobster roll was smaller compared to his previous visit.

Another Yelp reviewer said the food definitely gave her buck a bang, adding that she was happy that she voted for someone who could run the country and run a restaurant at the same time. Another reviewer said the restaurant was for people with unresponsive palates and an inclination for terrible food, the person cautioned that if the quality food was anybody's thing, it was best to stay away from Trump Grill.

The bad reviews were coming in thick and fast, prompting the website to issue a disclaimer, adding that Trump Grill was featured in the news and people were posting based on what they had heard and not because they had dined at the restaurant.

"This business recently made waves in the news, which often means that people come to this page to post their views on the news. While we don't take a stand one way or the other when it comes to these news events, we do work to remove both positive and negative posts that appear to be motivated more by the news coverage itself than the reviewer's personal consumer experience with the business."
The scathing review from Vanity Fair is not the first time that the Manhattan restaurant has been ridiculed. Early in the year, Eater described the restaurant as a boring place to eat, saying that it was perfect "food for timid people with digestive problems."

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