Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #86

86 Elaine KaufmanElaine Kaufman (1929 – 2010)

New York is a city of world famous restaurants and charming little neighborhood joints. Few establishments can lay claim to being both. But that was Elaine’s. From nearly the beginning of her journey in the restaurant business, Kaufman’s establishment was a haven and a salon for writers, journalists, actors, and artists. Her regular customer base included Jackie Kennedy, Nora Ephron, George Plimpton, Andy Warhol, Norman Mailer, and especially Woody Allen, whose table was always kept open just in case he should happen to drop by. Immortalized in the Allen film, Manhattan, and in Billy Joel’s song, Big Shot (“They were all impressed with your Halston dress and the people you knew at Elaine’s”), the restaurant closed shortly after Kaufman’s death. To lose Elaine was to lose Elaine’s.

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1 Comment

  1. Interesting! I wish I had seen it.

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