Elaine’s, one of the most iconic restaurants in New York, is closing its doors on May 26th. The restaurant – which has served a wide variety of celebrities and writers, including Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, and Gay Talese – simply couldn’t survive once its owner Elaine Kaufman died last December.
Diane Becker, who inherited the place from Kaufman, told The New York Times, “The truth is, there is no Elaine’s without Elaine. The business is just not there without Elaine.”
It’s a sad day for the city. We imagine that somewhere Woody Allen, who used Elaine’s in the opening of Manhattan, is feeling a little more cynical than usual today.