Scene Magazine

Sometimes you just want to go to a bar where you know everyone else’s name. Woody Allen claimed he was “crushed” when Elaine’s closed in 2011. If you were an aspiring writer in Manhattan, you may have been, too. Cheer up! The iconic restaurant at 1703 Second Avenue that nightly wined and dined (and wined again) intellectual luminaries from Norman Mailer to George Plimpton is reopening under the name the Writing Room. Suzy and Michael Glick of Parlor Steakhouse are overseeing the transformation and promise that “the Elaine look to it will still be there, and inside you’ll know you’re in the same building. We’re trying to embody what happened over the last 50 years with a new twist.”


FALL PREVIEW: 14 NYC RESTAURANT OPENINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PUBLISHED ON 8/15/2013 BY ANDREW ZIMMER Name: Writing Room Opening: Mid-October Why Should You Care: Paying homage to the clientele of former tenant Elaine’s with a library plus black and white tiling, and a fireplace, Writing Room will plate hearty American fare like a […]

Grub Street

The Writing Room Moves Into Former Elaine’s Space – August, 19, 2013 Elaine’s fan Woody Allen, who told Grub Street he was “crushed” when the restaurant closed, may become even more wistful at the name of the restaurant that will replace it at 1703 Second Avenue. (They applied for a liquor license way back in October.) […]


Restaurateurs Michael and Susy Glick of Parlor Steakhouse will soon open a restaurant called The Writing Room in the space that once housed Elaine’s. The name pays tribute to the host of literary greats that once frequented the place, from Norman Mailer to Woody Allen, and the New York Post reports that the menu will […]