Yesterday, Doyle New York auctioned off a selection of Elaine Kaufman‘s personal estate, making $385,000 total off the memories from one the Upper East Side’s most memorable restaurant fixtures.
The lights have only just gone out and the griddle is still cooling, but the building that had been home to Elaine’s for 48 years may not be long for this world.
Aging New York literati may still be praying for a savior to swoop in and save Elaine’s, but Graydon Carter will not be making any eleventh-hour power purchases.
The Upper East Side ink-stained parlor announced it would close this Thursday, May 26, pouring its last martini nearly 50 years after the pugnacious and huge-hearted Read More
Transom was saddened to receive the news that the Upper East Side institution Elaine’s-the restaurant named for its legendary owner, Elaine Kaufman, who passed away in December at 81-will be closing after 48 years of business after last call on May 26, 2011. Diane Becker, the longtime manager who inherited the restaurant from Kaufman, explained Read More
A couple of weeks ago, The Observer got wind that Upper East Side legend Elaine Kaufman’s 86th Street co-op was going to be sold. Or was it?
In her will, Kaufman left the two-bedroom penthouse, where she lived for 25 years, to Elaine’s restaurant manager, Diane Becker, sources confirmed. But co-executors Ms. Becker and her Read More
Elaine Kaufman had 400 custom-made dresses and ran a restaurant internationally famed for a heady sort of Upper East Side glamour. Her penthouse around the corner was comparatively unremarkable.
Kaufman, who died in December, left her eponymous restaurant at 88th Street and Second Avenue to its manager, Diane Becker. But her 86th Street co-op could Read More
After years of patronage at Elaine Kaufman’s famed eponymous Upper East Side restaurant, Gay Talese has become, in the weeks since Elaine’s death, one of the primary writers associated with the beloved salon. Any obituary worth its salt reached out to Talese for a comment – it wouldn’t be complete without a quote Read More
Everybody Comes to Elaine's
Elaine Kaufman, the ringleader of the beloved Upper East Side restaurant that bore her name, has passed away at the age of 81. For nearly 50 years Elaine’s has served the brightest lights of Manhattan, accepting writers, actors and other unforgettable characters into its arms.
Spencer Morgan profiled Ms. Kaufman for The Observer Read More
At around 11:30 last Saturday night, two men of equally modest stature—one in a gray suit, the other in jeans and a worn jacket—were enjoying a cigarette on the corner of Bank Street and Waverly Place.
The better-dressed man was the actor Sean Penn. He was pointing at something to do with the upper reaches Read More
“There’s a lot of information here,” Elaine Kaufman said, offering one reason why her restaurant, Elaine’s, was filled to the gills last Wednesday night with a brew of writers, actors, businessmen and law-enforcement agents—including Anne, a hot, blond C.I.A. agent with an ass-kicking look. “I just introduce people to each other when it Read More