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||Contact:|
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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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...
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.