One of the most famous restaurants on the Upper East Side of New York City was Elaine's. It was a hangout for famous writers, like Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, and Woody Allen set many scenes from his movies there.
Owner Elaine Kaufman, who hosted a fabulous Oscar party there every year, passed away in 2011, and last year the restaurant reopened as The Writing Room. My husband and I visited there last night for the first time, and had a lovely meal.
They have a $38 pre-fixe dinner menu, and I ordered from that. For my starter, I got the Sweet Corn Soup, which was the highlight of the meal for me. It had sweet corn, shrimp, basil and fava beans, which I can't say I've ever been a fan of, but they added a nice taste and crunch to the soup. A skewer of corn fritters came with it, and those were delicious. My only complaint was that the soup was a tad too hot.
|Sweet Corn Soup|
|Buttermilk Fried Chicken|
|Chocolate Creamsicle Pops|
One wall of the back room is covered with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, filled with books. I was in heaven! We sat in the far left corner, my husband in a leather booth that ran the length of the North wall, and I sat in chair facing a fence. I wish they could do something about that view, but in the dark room, they need to keep the light coming in as much as they can I guess.
|Bookshelves line the west wall|
|The jacket is missing its book|
The Writing Room website is here.