The Writing Room

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Upper East Side
Gotham’s literati shed tears when Elaine Kaufman’s venerated hangout, Elaine's, shut its doors in 2011. But the husband-and-wife team behind Parlor Steakhouse, Michael and Susy Glick, reopened the space, with a name that nods to the bygone establishment’s wordsmith regulars. Under the watchful gaze of lit greats—whose pictures line the front room—dine on American classics: buttermilk-fried chicken, clam chowder with a cherrystone-clam velouté, and smoked baby back ribs. Drinks include more than 150 international vintages, bitters-focused cocktails and a long-running whiskey list that would please any hard-drinking writer.
Venue name: The Writing Room
Address: 1703 Second Ave
Cross street: between 88th and 89th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 5pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St
Price: Average entrée: $29. AmEx, MC, V
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