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The Writing Room

4.2
4.2
788 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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 Steak & Fish on 3rd Ave at 90th, 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. Offering cuisines that represent classic New England seafood to comforting Southern barbecue, it 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM Monday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM Friday & Saturday: 4:00PM - 11:00PM Brunch: Saturday- Sunday: 11:00AM - 3:30PM

  • Phone number

    (212) 335-0075

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Laarhoven

  • Private party facilities

    THE WRITING ROOM, IS A GREAT VENUE TO HOST NUMEROUS TYPES OF PRIVATE AND SEMI-PRIVATE EVENTS.Our STUDY, a highly sought after location for dining, converts easily into a private venue that can seat up to 40 persons comfortably. The room is equipped with a 55″ LED Screen that allows “airplay” of any image or program from any laptop. All television or sports programs along with digital media can be played in full surround sound. From a business meeting to a celebration event or a quiet meeting to a music filled party, The Study will be a smash hit. Our MAIN DINING ROOM, can also be converted into a larger event space, seating up to 80 persons. At The Writing Room, we can assure your event will be a great success, with amazing cuisine, impeccable service and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.Please visit http://www.thewritingroomnyc.com/private-events/ for more information and to send us an inquiry!

  • Private party contact

    http://www.thewritingroomnyc.com/private-events/: (212) 335-0075

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Cross street

    88th Street

  • 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.

  • Public transit

    86th Street stop off the 4, 5, 6. (3 blocks away)<br /><br />86th Street stop off the Q. (1.5 blocks away_<br /> <br />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.

  • Entertainment

    TVs in bar and dining room for major sporting events.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 788 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. j

    josh13

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    very good food, nice atmosphere -- good neighborhood place
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome. Thanks
  3. M

    Matt

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service with quality food. Was reasonably priced. Nice ambiance as well.
  4. SP

    SamanthaP

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Came accidentally during the World Cup for brunch. Had the tv playing over the speakers. Was very loud. Service was slow but food was very good. Came because it seemed like a cozy place to have brunch but felt like a sports bar. Would possibly come again if they didn’t have sports playing loudly
  5. HH

    HappyHairstan

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2018

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    No reason to go back.
  6. HM

    HeidiM

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Always delicious and great service!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Early dinner. The chopped salad was soggy & uninspired. Service was very good.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Think it’s really popular place in NY, a lot of people, a little bit noisy, but I was alone, so, didn’t suffer from not hearing my partner) Food is good, just a little bit dissatisfied that during the booking I asked the table with soft chair but got a different one)
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesomeee food and environment
  10. ER

    EliseR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ordered the vegetable mezze and was in heaven!! The dish was simple but really healthy and delicious. I will definitely be going back. I liked the space but I think it could use more themed decor.
  11. NY

    NYCricket

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2018

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    This was not the dining experience for which I hoped. Apparently a decent meal with decent service was too high of a bar for dad's birthday this year. We had no less than four people working our table. It was more awkward, uniformed and overlapping than efficient, seamless and attentive. I never got water on an oppressively hot day. Drinks were cleared away without asking if we'd like something else. Our starters did show up in a timely manner. However, I wound up sending mine back - something I simply never do unless it's a health concern. But in this case, the Yellowtail Jalapeno was crudely hacked fish, too thick to be called sashimi, so cold that the texture was mid-thaw such that all taste had dissipated, and it didn't appear 100% raw - perhaps it had been "cooking" in citrus, at least partially or maybe it was freezer burn? Our mains - we all had the Dayboat Scallops - were decent. The English peas weren't cooked enough so more mealy than bright and verdant, and the onions were yellow, not spring. Menu issue or kitchen issue? We'll never know, but my mother doesn't like the yellow so there was that. They were edible nonetheless. The three sides didn't show up with their mains. I was on my third of four scallops when I finally was able to bring it to the attention of one of our servers. She apologized, investigated, came back to explain that it was the manager's fault (interesting approach), and then advised that they'd be right out. My spinach arrived, though my scallops were done so it was more of a third course as it wasn't served on the side of anything. The mushrooms and fries followed quickly. To round out the meal, mom and dad opted for ice cream and the team was lovely enough to plop dad's ice cream in front of him with a candle and a quick get away. Then the Yellowtail of course made its way to the check. Ouch. The net: We ate a meal, it wasn't awful but it also wasn't without more issues than we can overlook for a repeat visit.
  12. SH

    SeanHappy

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place! Great food, fun atmosphere, will definitely make this a go-to place!
  13. RH

    RobertH

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful neighborhood restaurant with a varied menu. Staff is professional and engaging. Wine list is appropriate. Price point is suitable to UES crowd.
  14. BL

    BLee

    New York Area

    76 reviews

    1.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2018

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    3rd time there for me. the food was terrible today. so smelly. burnt. egg benedict poached egg was 100% cooked like solid rock. Wow.. dont know what to say. I want refund...
  15. RB

    RuzannaB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great!
  16. AC

    AmyC

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2018

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Excellent food but experience was hampered by poor service and loud environment. Wait staff not attentive. Wine not refilled. Delay to get dessert. Check hard to request from busy waiter. Perhaps management needs to hire more help.
  17. v

    valerieh

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I read the reviews about this restaurant and found them accurate. All the other restaurants around the Writing Room we’re teaming with customers, but the Writing Room was barely half full. The food was good, but pricey. I’m from out of town, and it appears the locals aren’t choosing this restaurant.
  18. h

    howardw

    Miami

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2018

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Portions were small and overpriced. Especially for 2nd Ave. However, service was good.
  19. RH

    RobertH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2018

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Generally good. Drinks good, food decent, but my civatelli was too salty. Ambience was good energy and vibe. Service was good.
  20. RS

    RobbinS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2018

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Staff was quite pleasant I’ve eaten there in the past, however this time U was disappointed with my main course. My friend appeared to like hers.
  21. M

    Marissa

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Didn’t care for the salad options. Portions on the small side although the food was very good.
  22. l

    likegoodfood

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    I was a fan of the Parlor Steak House which was nearby and had the same owners. This was my first visit to the Writing Room. The food was excellent. The service was initially slow so I engaged the owner who took out order himself. Thereafter the service speeded up. I will return so I guess that sums it up.
  23. W

    Wendy13

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    very noisy...
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    If you’re looking for the library-esque space, it’s only in the private room in the back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    It's just ok. Thr place is nice, but the service is lacking & the food is newer fantastic. Places like Hillstone offer better food & service for the same price.
  26. BS

    BobS

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best restaurants on the Upper Eastside. Great staff , great food and great team overall.
  27. l

    lauram

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The only reason for taking off one star was because the busboys were rushing us a bit. But other than that, wonderful place for a leisurely dinner with excellent food and a great atmosphere.
  28. CV

    CrystalV

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2018

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    This restaurant is consistent: Good food, Bad service. I have been here a few times for happy hour outside so I thought I would try it for dinner. I made a reservation for 3 at 8pm on Saturday Night. They sat us at 8:15pm. The waiter seemed annoyed, was unfriendly, and cocky. My friend asked if he knew what was in a Tom Collins, he said, "Yes". She proceeded to ask him what was in it and he admitted that he didn't really know. During the meal, the vent from the AC above me was dripping water on and my clothes, I told my waiter. The manager came over and said, "There is nothing we can do. We can move you but you're in the middle of your meal." Didn't bother to comp anything!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I was so excited to try this place, but was extremely disappointed. I admit the atmosphere is really nice, but other than that this place was a complete let down. Our waiter completely ignored us to the point where I had to go up to the waiter station and ask for the check and he did not even read us the specials for that evening. Also the bread is handed to you individually and since our waiter ignored us we got only two pieces each (and we had to ask for the second one). Also the clam appetizer had sand in it. We are never going back. I am not sure if we were discriminated against for being LGTBQ or for being so young, but either way it was a complete let down.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Now I truly understand what no mas means ! Was truly exhausted by the terrible service and disgusted with the mediocre overpriced food. Best part was them upturning the tables right next to us like we were in a warehouse! These people have no right being in the hospitality business.
  31. DD

    DiningDiva

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We are frequent diners, and it never disappoints. Something for everyone to enjoy!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food is good but way too pricey for what it is. Service is mediocre.
  33. e

    elizabeth

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The Writing Room was charming, and the food was very good. My only complaint is how noisy it was. Even seated in a corner in the backroom in the restaurant, it was difficult to hear one another. In part, the tables are too close, but it is a happy, bustling restaurant and busy w vibrant conversations and laughing. The decor is wonderful—- books everywhere adds a lot of atmosphere, and the food was delicious.
  34. S

    Sensei

    New York Area

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was fine, ( but not great). Slow service when you are first seated, but once you get their attention they are very attentive. Appetizers were really good. I think one was Yellowtail Jalapeno, delicious just over priced for the portion. Salmon Tartar...very good Fried Chicken, dark meat moist and good (not a surprise). Breast slightly dry but editable. Salmon was good, but I don't know why people order Salmon in a restaurant. It's so easy to prepare at home. I had the Scallops, those were fine . However, 4 scallops on a plate filled with green peas, and a few mushroom priced over $30.00 is insane plus embarrassing. If I wasn't with my daughter I would have sent them back just because. Yes, we will try it again. its in our neighborhood and it's a cool place.
  35. S

    Shutterbug

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Very lively brunch spot with a nice atmosphere, congenial staff, nice decor but also quite loud.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great when I go there.
  37. I

    Izzybella

    Nashville

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We will definitely return! We had the oysters, scallops, bronzing,and tuna, with the cheese plate for dessert. Scallops and oysters ruled here!
  38. AK

    AlisonK

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We like coming here for brunch. Service is consistently excellent. Pancakes are always delicious. We were disappointed with the egg sandwich plate, so we won't be getting that again the next time we come. Overall, a good experience.
  39. s

    sunnyday

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2018

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I made a reservations using open table stating it was for a 🎂 I arrived exactly at 8:28 for a 8:30 reservation We were not seated until 9 There was no place to sit and the place was small and cramped and I asked a few times bc they kept telling me it will just be 3 more minutes...when I finally said I'd been standing for 30 minutes the manager launched into a complete tirad !! I will never go back again and hope this review deters anyone from going there as well Who wants to wait only to be abused by the manager..and needless to say no 🎂cake or anything was offered ..no apologies for the wait time😓
  40. ML

    MelissaL

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Do NOT get the shrimp and grits. The grits were raw and so gross. It was packed on a Wednesday night, and the service was really slow. We had to wait at least 20 minutes to get a server to come over. The food came out relatively fast, but was undercooked, so I would rather have waiting longer for better food. It was also very overpriced for what we received. My husband got the lobster roll, which was tiny, and had a tiny side of fries with it for $38. Not worth it. I miss Parlor and was hoping that TWR would be a good substitute, but unfortunately, it wasn't.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    88th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM Monday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM Friday & Saturday: 4:00PM - 11:00PM Brunch: Saturday- Sunday: 11:00AM - 3:30PM

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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.

  • Public transit

    86th Street stop off the 4, 5, 6. (3 blocks away)86th Street stop off the Q. (1.5 blocks away_ 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Laarhoven

  • Entertainment

    TVs in bar and dining room for major sporting events.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 335-0075

  • Private party facilities

    THE WRITING ROOM, IS A GREAT VENUE TO HOST NUMEROUS TYPES OF PRIVATE AND SEMI-PRIVATE EVENTS.Our STUDY, a highly sought after location for dining, converts easily into a private venue that can seat up to 40 persons comfortably. The room is equipped with a 55″ LED Screen that allows “airplay” of any image or program from any laptop. All television or sports programs along with digital media can be played in full surround sound. From a business meeting to a celebration event or a quiet meeting to a music filled party, The Study will be a smash hit. Our MAIN DINING ROOM, can also be converted into a larger event space, seating up to 80 persons. At The Writing Room, we can assure your event will be a great success, with amazing cuisine, impeccable service and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.Please visit http://www.thewritingroomnyc.com/private-events/ for more information and to send us an inquiry!

  • Private party contact

    http://www.thewritingroomnyc.com/private-events/: (212) 335-0075

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