Fifty years since the original Elaine’s opened to droves of celebrities, screen writers, New York notables and locals alike, Upper East Side restaurateurs Michael & Susy Glick have ushered in a new wave for this booming neighborhood with The Writing Room. Having planted their feet in this ever-evolving neighborhood in 2008 with Parlor Steak & Fish, the Glick’s were drawn to the property when it shuttered in 2011 and after some careful consideration, chose to embrace the challenge of delivering a formidable new American staple to this wanting neighborhood, while still paying homage to its iconic history.
The Writing Room is about fun, entertainment, great cuisine, cultivated cocktails and wine list that focuses on grape variety education. We are casual fine dining, letting hospitality shine through in every step of service. We are open for Lunch, Brunch and Dinner. Our culinary focus is on Raw Bar, Cheese & Charcuterie, Salads, Seafood, Poultry and Steakhouse Classics.
The restaurant seats 130 with an additional 16 at the zinc wrapped bar and an outside terrace that seats 24. The design concept of The Writing Room, which includes an open kitchen flecked with subway tiles in the bar room, takes diners back to a simpler time while paying specific homage to the former Elaine’s and the literary following the place inspired. The Glick’s used raw materials evoking both a vintage and literary feel. The exterior façade was restored to resemble the landmark feel of Elaine’s. The main dining room has reclaimed wood floors, rich leather banquets accented by custom-made pendant lighting above and textured red brick walls. Continuing the literary theme throughout the design, the front walls feature an array of photography inspired by famous authors, libraries and writers. Moving into the back dining/private room dubbed “The Study,” guests find an old school vibe with a modern edge. Vintage black and white tile floors meet the sleek fireplace and built in bookshelves with clean lines and pops of color thanks to a large collection of handpicked hardcovers and paperbacks.