Elaine’s (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Italian Upper East Side
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Yes, it’s true—all these fabulous people know each other, and they have no clue who you might be. Go to Elaine’s to be a fly on the literati’s wall, to stargaze at the happy-to-be-admired and to eat undistinguished saloon-style Italian fare. Antipasti like fried calamari are just what you’d expect. Pasta is plain but pleasantly prepared and a better bet than the meat dishes. Sirloin is served unseasoned, with a heap of greasy french fries and a hefty price tag ($35). The deluxe dessert tray affords you an opportunity to stop staring and shamelessly indulge in something excessively rich and decadent—qualities the patrons around you have in spades.


Venue name: Elaine’s (CLOSED)
Address: 1703 Second Ave
New York
Cross street: between 88th and 89th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 6pm-2am; Sun 5pm–1am
Transport: Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St
Price: Average main course: $23. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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