The Writing Room

Restaurants, American Upper East Side
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The Writing Room

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
New York
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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Maria M

The Writing Room was unfortunately a let-down for me. While the ambiance and the decor in the restaurant is cozy and comfortable, that's about the only positive thing I can say about this place. The food is not that great and the portions are not worth the price you're paying; the waiter I had was not very friendly and was very short with me when I asked a question. There are much better places to get the same food you could get at The Writing Room, but for a better price and an actually enjoyable experience.

Erik A

I live right around the corner from The Writing Room.  I haven't had a meal there yet, but it's a great place to drop in for a cocktail.  They also have a fireplace which is great to sit by when it's cold out.  The bar also has huge TVs, so you can bring a date, but also keep an eye on the game.  SHHHH...  

Julie S

The Writing Room is the classy and elegant type of restaurant you would expect to find on the Upper East Side. They are open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, serving great American cuisine. The smoked pork ribs for an appetizer are super tasty, tender, and fall off the bone. If you love salmon, try the delicious crispy skin salmon. There are plenty of pasta dishes worth mentioning, such as short rib cannelloni with braised kale, and pappardelle Bolognese. If you’ve got a sweet tooth some must try desserts are the bergamot sorbet and the warm apple pie served with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Maddie M

I love this neighborhood gem, for many reasons. First, there are the best Parker House rolls at dinner (you have to pay extra for them at lunch, and they might not be available). Love the Russian Maid drink, it has vodka and cucumber and it's so refreshing. Also, the Farmer's Salad never disappoints. I'd recommend this place for dinner (try sitting in the back where the library is for a cozy feel). They also have a separate room with bar-style seating and TVs in case you want to watch a game. I do think the prices are a tad on the high end, and would love to see them change up some items on their menu on a more regular basis. If you're looking for a good place to eat (American food), whether with a  date or as a group, The Writing Room is worth going.