This literary-themed UES spot, housed in the former Elaine’s space, features a (high-tech, vent-free) fireplace in the back room, which is dubbed “the study.”
The Writing Room is making lots of people in its neighborhood happy. But its recent opening on the old Elaine’s site — the very idea — whips many Elaine’s devotees into a seething rage. Well, rage over this:
Elaine’s restaurant was a de facto clubhouse to one-named A-listers like Warhol, Mailer, Woody and Mia for decades, so when it closed in 2011, regulars deemed it and owner Elaine Kaufman irreplaceable.
The swanky canopy will be out front again at 1703 Second Avenue at 88th Street, braving East River winds with new fabric popping on the original frame.
Elaine’s to Reopen as the Writing Room – August 16, 2013 Attention Upper East Siders: Elaine’s—the restaurant at 88th Street and Second Avenue owned ’til 2011 by the beloved Elaine Kaufman—will reopen in the fall as the Writing Room. According to Zagat, restauranteurs Michael and Susy Glick of Parlor Steakhouse are keen on honoring the legacy of the …