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With Elaine gone, NYC literary hangout closing

With Elaine gone, NYC literary hangout closing

Elaine's is shutting its doors.
For decades, Elaine Kaufman held court at the restaurant bearing her name with a hand-picked selection of favorite regulars, literary luminaries and celebrities.
After Kaufman died in December, longtime manager Diane Becker inherited the restaurant. But she says the place just can't survive without Kaufman.
Becker says: "The truth is, there is no Elaine's without Elaine."
The Upper East Side restaurant will shut its doors for good on May 26.
Kaufman had a soft spot for writers who were trying to make it big, and often let them eat for free. Among those who did make it big were Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton and Gay Talese.
Mayors, artists and celebrities including Jackie Onassis and Michael Caine also frequented the restaurant.


Updated : 2021-06-21 19:33 GMT+08:00