The Writing Room
1703 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10128Neighborhood:
Upper East Side
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
The Writing Room
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.thewritingroomnyc.com/
- Phone: (212) 335-0075
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 4pm
Dinner: Sunday: 4pm - 10:30pm
Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4pm - 12:00am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American
- Executive Chef: Lucas Billheimer
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Cross Street: 88th Street
- Public Transit: The Lexington Avenue Subway stop (being served by the 4, 5 & 6 lines) is located approximately 3 blocks away with the closest stop being at 86th Street & Lexington Avenue. The M15 Bus Line Serves the Southbound 2nd Avenue between 126th Street and South Ferry with the closest stop being at 88th Street within one (1) block from the our front door.
- Parking: Street Parking
- Parking Details: The Lexington Avenue Subway stop (being served by the 4, 5 & 6 lines) is located approximately 3 blocks away with the closest stop being at 86th Street & Lexington Avenue. The M15 Bus Line Serves the Southbound 2nd Avenue between 126th Street and South Ferry with the closest stop being at 88th Street within one (1) block from the our front door.
A word from The Writing Room
Upper East Side restaurateurs Michael & Susy Glick offer you their one of a kind experience in Regional American cuisine at The Writing Room. Five years after opening Parlor Steakhouse, The Writing Room opens its doors in the same location as the iconic Elaine's. The Writing Room is a tribute to its predecessor while at the same time aiming to blaze its own trail with its combination of cozy and inviting decor, attentive service and a stellar and inventive menu developed by Executive Chef Lucas Billheimer. Offering cuisines that represent classic New England seafood to comforting Southern barbecue, Chef Billheimer will have you planning your next visit to The Writing Room before you've completed this one. The Writing Room also offers a private dining room quaintly referred to as The Study. We look forward to welcoming you.Continued
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The Writing Room reviews from OpenTable diners
194 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (131)fit for foodies (67)good for groups (53)hot spot (45)vibrant bar scene (43)romantic (39)special occasion (39)great for brunch (36)great for lunch (34)notable wine list (32)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (12)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
- Great addition to the neighborhoodNYCJulieVIPDined on 11/22/2014This is my 2nd time to the Writing Room and I am sure I will return! I love the food and the cool crowd that dines here. The restaurant is always busy, the bar is always bustling, Highly recommend to anyone who wants something trendy and cool on the UESSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LocalVIPDined on 11/22/2014My husband and I had an early reservation at The Writing Room on a Saturday night because we were headed to a show. The atmosphere was cozy and romantic in our corner, however, we did notice a large number of tables with young children. As parents of young children ourselves, we were happy to find a neighborhood restaurant with good food that we could also bring the kids too. Unlike some places, the children were not loud or disruptive to our meal. At the early time, we found the restaurant to be relatively casual and we were the most dressed. Perhaps this changes later into the night. Our food was delicious (salmon tartar and salad for appetizer and prawns and cod for main course). Good wine even on the lower end of the price range. Delicious seasonal dessert of pumpkin cheesecake and spiced ice cream to finish off the meal. We will definitely be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Halfway thereKSK10128VIPDined on 11/22/2014Great atmosphereband and friendly staff at brunch but prices are too high, and given the quality of food at their sister restaurant, was very surprised at the blandness of food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- fine dining entree prices at a BAR!BummerDined on 11/21/2014With reservation waited 20 min for table. Requested away from door and was sat by door. Had shrimp with spaghetti squash- 4 over cooked dry shrimp on flavorless squash $29, husband ordered $34 short ribs- small portion. Ordered signature drink (just tasted like vodka cranberry nothing special) $14, had wine which was good. Had three cheeses for $16 (the smallest portion I've ever scene). Left paying $250 for a bite at a local loud bar. Not impressed!
- Bustling on a TuesdayOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/18/2014This was my second trip to The Writing Room. It's a fun place to come once in a while. My dinner was good not great. Fried chicken was not as good as I've had in the South and the biscuit was not memorable. My Brussels sprouts were very salty. We got a booth in the bar room as our regular table was going to be a wait. This was fine, although I had a hard time following the conversation at the table because the bar was packed and noisy. The apple dessert was disappointing. Brunch looks promising. We'll try it out for the next visit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely dinner!zsofiDined on 11/16/2014We have a lovely dinner experience at The Writing Room. We were a bit short on time, but service was very efficient and quick. Great cocktails and the prix fix menu was had great selections. I would definitely recommend it!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- RichardVIPDined on 11/13/2014First impression walking in to this nicely designed restaurant is friendly service and the expectation of good food. However, the servers seem to be more interested in restocking glassware and the food is dull. We ordered the special crabmeat appertizer because it sounded creative. Don't be fooled by the epicurean adjectives...we got a plate of two crackers with crab salad on top. Something that could have easily been assembled at home after a trip to Fairway.Special Features:
- Welcome UES Additionemc2Dined on 11/11/2014This new neighborhood spot is a welcome replacement for Elaine's; the food is infinitely better and the atmosphere is far more welcoming to neighborhood walk-ins. The cuisine is more oriented to comfort food rather than nouvelle cuisine, which is all to the good. Nice family atmosphere.Special Features:
- PavZVIPDined on 11/9/2014Food and ambiance are good, but service is a little slow.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing rest in unexpected areaOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 11/9/2014Really excited about this place! We generally don't go this far north, but it is totally worth it. Everything on the brunch menu is spectacular!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- just terribleDiningInCurlsVIPDined on 11/8/2014Was a fiasco...had to send several dishes back (which I never do). They were nice about it but it was so bad it didn't matter...will never go back.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 11/8/2014Comfortable neighborhood restaurant with excellent food and broad American basics menu . Fried chicken and rotisserie chicken really good and moist.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Upper East Side Findberly1VIPDined on 11/8/2014This restaurant is the former Elaine's. Much friendlier now, without the attitude. Our table of six enjoyed the food (salmon was a particular favorite), and the service was attentive but not overbearing. They have a $38, three-course prix fixe, which was a good buy. Wine list was not particularly extensive, but wines at all price points. We sat in a (the?) back room, which kept the noise level down. Only serious criticism was the dessert --- supposedly an "ice cream sandwich," which was barely three bites. And for $11. Otherwise, a nice experience. When visiting New York, we would try them again.
- TWRZenbowmanDined on 11/7/2014Excellent as always. Almost a year old and a worthy successor to Elaine's.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Former elainesDrpal516Dined on 11/7/2014The food was fine, nothing special...we had roasted chicken for two and no complaints...service excellent...sit in the back room among all the books..very nice ambience..Special Features:
- It was goodFoodieNYC22Dined on 11/1/2014This first visit to me was just "okay". Drinks were great. They brought us hot rolls with butter which were good, but both items needed salt. We had the ribs as an appetizer (great bbq sauce). The fried chicken was fried well and the inside was moist, but needed a hit of salt at the end. My fiance's salmon looked like he had the last two pieces they had in the fridge (there was one medium sized piece and then one really small nugget - odd). The menu said this included fresh horseradish, but it was a mere sprinkling - almost like the kitchen was being really reserved. I would try it again because the menu seemed really creative, I just hope the kitchen stops holding back - that's when this place will really take off.Special Features:
- NightowlDined on 10/27/2014The food was very good. Since it is very near to our apartment, it is a great neighborhood restaurant.Special Features:
- First visitmanhattanmomDined on 10/25/2014Our first visit was superb! The food was delicious. Back room space much less noisy and has more ambiance than front room. Will return with our children for bruch!Special Features:
- Great Fried ChickenMNYCDined on 10/24/2014Really good moist and crispy fried chicken. Nice ambience and prompt seating.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loved it!DanaDined on 10/23/2014Housed in the former Elaine's, The Writing Room was a great spot for lunch before visiting the Met. It has a very comfortable atmosphere & friendly staff. The food was delicious! I would love to go back for dinner next time we visit NYC. This was one of my very favorite eateries!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A great spotPickyDined on 10/19/2014Did not disappoint. Sunday evening but nice buzz and busy . Lovely staff who gave fine service. Food very good. A nice bistro in NYC! Happy to go again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice timeEviemelVIPDined on 10/17/2014We were a party of three. We had the fried chicken and prime rib for dinner which was quite good. The chicken could have been a little more moist. We ordered a side of the glazed carrots which were awesome. For dessert we had the ice cream sandwich, chocolate mousse with caramel ice cream and an apple crumble. They were all good but nothing special. Service was fair. The decor/ concept was very nice.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely for lunch!MCamilleDined on 10/17/2014Have the Farmer's Salad - so good and so bad for you at the same time.Special Features:
- Elaine's lives onmikeyVIPDined on 10/11/2014Terrific food, superb service. Well worth the wait to get into the former space of the historic Elaine's writers' salon /bar.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Felt Like an Algonquin-worthy Meal!PennyjeansDined on 10/11/2014Excellent ambiance, especially in The Study - fine dining, surrounded by books = Excellent experience! The fried chicken was delectable, as was the House-Made Ricotta Plate appetizer. The Prix Fix menu was impressive, considering what you get for the price. Great meal all around, very good service, and a fine time for all!Special Features:
- Simply OutstandingMAVPDined on 10/6/2014The Writing Room is the place to go, for a date, a nice present, or anything you could imagine. I've been a regular patron of them for the past year or so, and my last visit was without a doubt the best. The wine list is huge (it's a book larger than the menu), and the waiters are very knowledgeable about what would work best for you. Speaking of the waiters -- the service is outstanding. They come back and check regularly, and are able to offer good advice on the quality of the food. The food itself is really American comfort food. It tastes out of this world! I've tried almost everything on the menu, at least once, and have never been disappointed. Also the desserts are legendary. Make sure you try them. I've gone just for them sometimes.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Upper East Side Insult to Elaine'ssaintmaeVIPDined on 10/6/2014The Writing Room exists where Elaine's Restaurant used to be for many years. This place touts "the best fried chicken"...they give you three minuscule pieces of chicken (tiny drumstick, little thigh and 1/2 size breast) a condiment size cup of cole slaw and biscuit. This was NOT the best fried chicken. The portion is insulting, bland and disappointing. Unforgettable Spinach Caesar Salad, had to ask for bread; This tiny basket cost $24.00. We shared it. The only two things that were tasty were the biscuit and the bread. Overpriced, over confident and just not creative culinary at all.The Steak Parlor on Third Avenue has delicious food and impressive customer service.
- hit the spotmargezVIPDined on 10/5/2014We were looking for a restaurant for a casual Sunday night dinner. We sat in the back of the restaurant, which was cozy and filled with books. The hamburgers were delicious, and just what we were in the mood for.Special Features:
- TracyNYCVIPDined on 10/5/2014Food and service was very good, nice ambiance, interesting menu...will definitely go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ElbaDined on 10/3/2014Menu is small, not enough salads. Wasn't impressed with food, although it wasn't bad. Service was good and prompt, staff accommodating .Special Features:
- Great atmospheresmuirh01Dined on 10/2/2014The restaurant had a great ambiance and was filled with famous writers' portraits on the walls. The waiter was very knowledgeable on wine recommendations and was extremely helpful in every aspect. The food was excellent and the service was top notch.Special Features:
- My New Favorite Neighborhood EateryTC000Dined on 10/1/2014After walking past The Writing Room a number of times without stopping in, my wife and I finally decided to eat there one night and absolutely loved it. To start, as a former English major, I loved the literary décor. The service was great -- warm, friendly, welcoming, and prompt. And the food was terrific. The bread/rolls were absolutely amazing (it's worth going just for that!). And then my salad was great, as was the steak (though a little pricey). I definitely look forward to returning soon to try out some of the other menu items.Special Features:
- UppereastsiderDined on 9/30/2014Food was ok not great. Service was good felt a little rushed seemed eager to remove plates
- Neighborhood FindOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/30/2014It's a great place to catch up with friends and have good food and not feel rushed. Very enjoyable evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FoodhunterVIPDined on 9/27/2014The place is very nice and the food is good too. I was there before and took some friends this time and it did not disappoint. I just don't understand why it is so complicate to accept replacing some item in an omelette...Special Features:
- deliciousnessDined on 9/27/2014Went here for brunch and had a great meal and delicious mimosa. Love this place!!Special Features:
- Very ImpressedAlexVIPDined on 9/26/2014This was my first visit to the Writing Room. I admittedly went in with fairly low expectations, having been underwhelmed by so many other new restaurants in the neighborhood. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. The service was excellent--friendly, attentive and efficient throughout the meal--and the food was great. The Parker House rolls were a nice start to the meal, and the ricotta appetizer was fantastic. Although tempted by the fried chicken that many people seemed to be enjoying around us (which I look forward to trying next time), for my main I opted for the salmon, which was perfectly cooked and served with very tasty vegetables. Good cocktails and beer selections too. I will definitely go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pulitzer Prize Neighborhood DiningopinionatorVIPDined on 9/26/2014Entering the Writing Room, we felt embraced the warmth of the setting. The staff was welcoming and service was timely without being intrusive. The food is simply off the hook! The home made ricotta cheese with mint, chili, sea salt, honey, and grilled bread was heavenly.The Spinach Cesar salad with the addition of smoked trout, deviled egg, was an inventive spin on a traditional dish with flavors blending perfectly. The risotto with baby shrimp, sugar snap peas, spinach and parmesan was a delicious gem of creamy perfection. I enjoyed the flavorful slow roasted salmon with grits, succotash, sorrel, in a tomato pepper reduction. The creamsicle pops with hazelnut chocolate, warm brownie, and chocolate ganache takes a creamsicle to a new level!Special Features:
- Upper east side fun spotLuluVIPDined on 9/23/2014On a visit to New York I needed to find a restaurant in the upper 80's on the east side. After reading some reviews The Writing Room sounded like the perfect spot and it worked out great. I ordered the branzino and it was very good as was the chicken. The wine list was very impressive. I would recommend this restaurant and even on a Tuesday night the bar was full.Special Features:
- Classy decor, great foodriverdinerDined on 9/23/2014Theme implied by the name of the restaurant is tastefully carried out via the restaurant décor. Food was skillfully prepared and nicely presented. Service was cheerful and friendly. Overall a great find!Special Features: