For almost 50 years, celebs flocked to Elaine’s, the legendary Upper East Side restaurant immortalized in both song and film until it closed in 2011. In 2013, however, New York restaurateurs Michael and Susy Glick of Parlor Steakhouse decided to take on the space and reopen it as The Writing Room.
The 130-seat restaurant has a literary theme that pays homage to its history as Elaine’s. The photography on the walls even includes some photos from the original restaurant, including one of Woody Allen at Elaine’s in black and white. The back room, which they call The Study is filled with books. On the back wall is the fireplace from HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces, a specially designed fireplace without a vent for such New York City spaces like this one.
The menu at The Writing Room is classic American, with inspiration coming from various regions of the country. Some dishes include New England Clam Chowder and Buttermilk Fried Chicken. The cocktails are part classic and part inventive. Try the Up in Smoke or Johnny’s Gun, made with mescal and tequila respectively.
Jane Bruce is the Photo Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @janeebruce.