The Writing Room
The Writing Room

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

Getting there

  • 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.
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The Writing Room reviews from OpenTable diners
199 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (135)fit for foodies (68)good for groups (50)hot spot (44)vibrant bar scene (43)great for brunch (40)special occasion (40)great for lunch (39)romantic (37)notable wine list (34)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (11)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Bustling on a Tuesday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This 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:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner!
    zsofi
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RichardVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    First 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:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Welcome UES Addition
    emc2
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This 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:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PavZVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Food and ambiance are good, but service is a little slow.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing rest in unexpected area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Really 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just terrible
    DiningInCurlsVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Was 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Comfortable neighborhood restaurant with excellent food and broad American basics menu . Fried chicken and rotisserie chicken really good and moist.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upper East Side Find
    berly1VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TWR
    Zenbowman
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Excellent as always. Almost a year old and a worthy successor to Elaine's.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Former elaines
    Drpal516
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The 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:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was good
    FoodieNYC22
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nightowl
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The food was very good. Since it is very near to our apartment, it is a great neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit
    manhattanmom
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our 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:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Fried Chicken
    MNYC
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Really good moist and crispy fried chicken. Nice ambience and prompt seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Dana
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Housed 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great spot
    Picky
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Did 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:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice time
    EviemelVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We 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:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely for lunch!
    MCamille
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Have the Farmer's Salad - so good and so bad for you at the same time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elaine's lives on
    mikeyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Terrific food, superb service. Well worth the wait to get into the former space of the historic Elaine's writers' salon /bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt Like an Algonquin-worthy Meal!
    Pennyjeans
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Outstanding
    MAVP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upper East Side Insult to Elaine's
    saintmaeVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The 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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hit the spot
    margezVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We 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:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TracyNYCVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Food and service was very good, nice ambiance, interesting menu...will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elba
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Menu is small, not enough salads. Wasn't impressed with food, although it wasn't bad. Service was good and prompt, staff accommodating .
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great atmosphere
    smuirh01
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My New Favorite Neighborhood Eatery
    TC000
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    After 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:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Uppereastsider
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Food was ok not great. Service was good felt a little rushed seemed eager to remove plates
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    It's a great place to catch up with friends and have good food and not feel rushed. Very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodhunterVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The 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:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • deliciousness
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went here for brunch and had a great meal and delicious mimosa. Love this place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Impressed
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pulitzer Prize Neighborhood Dining
    opinionatorVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Entering 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upper east side fun spot
    LuluVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    On 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:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classy decor, great food
    riverdiner
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Theme 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:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    kjnl1115
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Loved the ambiance in this restaurant. Wait staff was attentive and drinks were delicious. Somewhat limited menu but cavatelli with artichokes and broccoli rabe was excellent. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunch
    KBiznessVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    great lunch at a great price in the neighborhood. highly recommend. Dinner is also great and there is a good bar off to the side, which is fun but does not interfere with the dining room. all and all, one of the best in the neighborhood
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time!
    Ninanyc
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Went for the first time and was very excited to realize what a great restaurant we have in our neighborhood. The restaurant is beautiful inside, the staff, especially the hosts and bartender, were very friendly, and the food was delicious! I am gluten-free and they were knowledgeable about the menu and happy to ask the chef for me to make sure. My husband isn't and he thoroughly enjoyed the Parker rolls. Wine menu was very nice. We didn't have dessert. We will definitely be coming back to try other menu items!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nylilliVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    More or less average, but a bit pricey for the fare. Plenty of competition in the neighborhood.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.