The Writing Room
1703 2nd Avenue, between 88th and 89th Streets
It’s difficult to pay homage to one of the greatest culinary landmarks in New York City, but The Writing Room, the newly-opened restaurant that inhabits the former space known as Elaine’s, comes close.
Known as the spot where writers, artists and elitists conversed heavily about the arts while smoking cigars and picking at hors d'oeuvres circa 1963 and onward, Elaine’s has been transformed into a new, delightful culinary destination courtesy of restaurateurs Michael and Suzy Glick of Parlor Steakhouse.
Coming out of a two-year renovation, the doors have finally opened to The Writing Room, and it’s an homage to say the least--a gallery of 135 framed photos of former famed diners such as Woody Allen, Norman Mailer and Michael Cain adorn the musty grey walls, eliciting such creative energy it’s impossible not to think of where exactly these famed creative geniuses sat.
But it’s not just the décor that’s impressive; the dishes are masterfully crafted by esteemed Chef Lucas Billheimer, and have a range of options to best suit every palate: hand cut spaghetti and tender pork meatball), a bustling Lobster Boil with wild clams and Parlor Strip Steakhouse, a 16oz bone-in dry aged strip loin, are just a few of the top contenders.
For the ultimate dining experience, sit in the back room aptly named “the study”, due to the fact that it is, well, a study. The room is filled with 1,000 books curated by Thatcher Wine of the Nomad Hotel and Library, all placed in a wraparound floor-to-ceiling bookcase. Just make sure to grab a reservation quickly--it’s the best seat in the house.