- Trump slipped away from his press entourage Tuesday evening
- Told spokesperson he was staying in for the night after apartment party
- Spokesperson relayed this to the press pool who made their way home
- He, Melania, Ivanka, Jared, Eric, Lara, Don Jnr., Vanessa and Tiffany all took motorcade to upmarket Manhattan steakhouse 21 Club five mins away
- Trump's maverick move suggests further disorganization in his camp
- It comes after claims that factions were fighting over his new cabinet
- Spokesperson promised the confusion was not a sign of things to come, but a small blip while they sorted out Trump's permanent press pool
Donald Trump broke with presidential protocol and ditched his press entourage Tuesday night to eat dinner with his family at famous New York steak house 21 Club - where he was met with a standing ovation from stunned diners.
The mood, however, was not so cheery among the press pool employed to follow the President-elect, as they waited outside his Fifth Avenue home.
They had been told by Trump's press liaison, Hope Hicks, at 6:14pm that he would not be leaving Trump Tower for the rest of the night and that they might as well go home.
Unbeknownst to Hicks, an hour and 15 minutes later, Trump - along with his wife Melania and his four grown up children with their respective partners - emerged from the apartment block and took a motorcade - with at least a dozen vehicles and an ambulance - to the very same restaurant where he enjoyed his wedding reception with Ivana in 1977.
Hicks told the reporters that she was as unaware of Trump's dinner plans as they were, and promised that this was not a sign of things to come, but a small blip while they sorted out his permanent press pool.
Throughout the past seven days there have been reports that the President-elect's team is in disarray and unprepared for the process of transition. This latest mix-up with his press liaison and the press pool will only serve to fuel these reports.
Escape: Trump gave his press pack the slip and went to 21 Club (pictured), near Trump Tower, for dinner with his family. He'd told his press liaison that he was staying at home for rest of night
The newly elected president was spotted getting into a waiting SUV, as his son, Donald Trump Jr was just steps behind him outside of the 21 Club on Tuesday evening
The president-elect was joined at dinner by his daughter, Ivanka Trump (left) and her husband, Jared Kushner (right) as they left the restaurant together
The billionaire's daughter-in-law, Lara Yunaska Trump (left) and his youngest daughter, Tiffany Trump (right) were also photographed leaving the 21 Club
Vanessa Trump (above), who is married to Donald Trump Jr, was also photographed leaving the famous restaurant on Tuesday evening
Eric Trump and his sister-in-law Vanessa Trump are pictured above together outside of the 21 Club on Tuesday evening
Donald Trump Jr is pictured above just steps behind his father outside of the 21 Club on Tuesday evening
Kiss goodbye: Trump was seen giving son Eric a farewell kiss after their meal at the restaurant
Guarded: The entire block was shut down by security (pictured). The break with protocol was seen as a sign of disorganization in his camp, and discomfort with presidential scrutiny
The fact that Trump was dining out and not at home where he said he would was only discovered by chance when a Bloomberg reporter - apparently in the 21 Club by coincidence, on a work outing - took a picture of him as he entered the restaurant to applause from diners.
As the President-elect walked into the restaurant to be seated, he was caught on video shaking hands and telling patrons, 'we'll get your taxes down, don't worry about it.'
His press pool picked up on the tweet and made their way to 21 Club, but found that the block around it had been shut down by police.
The disarray grew even worse when only a small group of reporters - those who had NYC passes - were allowed to wait outside the restaurant.
As the president-elect walked into the restaurant to be seated, he was caught on video telling patrons, 'we'll get your taxes down, don't worry about it'. His wife, Melania, is pictured in the background smiling
Kate Smith of Bloomberg dined at the restaurant on Tuesday and claimed Trump ordered a virgin Bloody Mary as his beverage Those without, which included several members of his private press pool, were forced to wait down the street where their view was blocked by a dumpster.
At 9:38pm, the pool peered around the dumpster and watched Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, get into a SUV.
One of the reporters asked if they enjoyed dinner, and Ivanka Trump smiled. Soon after, the motorcade began rolling.
Trump gave his son Eric a farewell kiss outside the restaurant after their meal. The President-elect's motorcade was seen pulling into Trump Tower at 9:41pm, around two hours and ten minutes after it left.
As a regular diner at the restaurant, Trump is known to sit at table number 11 inside the historic restaurant. That table was also a favorite by President Gerald Ford and his wife.
Hope Hicks told reporters that this was not a sign of things to come, and was a result of Trump not yet having a 'protective press pool' that follows him everywhere - unlike sitting presidents.
President Barack Obama, for example, has a Washington, DC pool that follow him around the capital, and another press pool that rides with him on Air Force One. He is almost never without the pool, per an agreement with the White House Correspondents Association.
Once Trump's protective pool is set up, the press will have the same access to him that they have with any other President, she promised.
Tuesday night was the first time the President-elect had left Trump Tower since he returned from Washington, DC on Thursday.
It's not yet known what the President-elect chose to eat, but he's a well-known steak fan.
A 28-day aged ribeye steak costs $68 from the ritzy restaurant's a-la-carte menu.
The special on menu at the restaurant Tuesday was a herb-crusted rack of lamb that's meant for two people and costs $125.
Trump admitted in March that he likes to have his meat well done - so much so that it 'rocks on the plate,' he says.
As a regular diner at the restaurant, Trump is known to sit at table number 11 inside the historic restaurant. That table was also a favorite by President Gerald Ford and his wife