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About 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 Steak & Fish on 3rd Ave @ 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 developed by Executive Chef Michael Laarhoven. Offering cuisines that represent classic New England seafood to comforting Southern barbecue, Chef Michael 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.

1703 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10128
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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

Cross Street:
88th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 335-0075

Website:
http://www.thewritingroomnyc.com/

Entertainment:
TVs in bar and dining room for major sporting events.

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.

Executive Chef:
Michael Laarhoven

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

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The Writing Room Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
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Comfort Food (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Casual (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Business Meals (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Romantic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
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Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

We enjoyed our brunch at The Writing Room except for the noise level, which was excessive. The main room and the bar were full of people talking, it was unpleasant to have loud music on top of that. Not sure if we will return because of this.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

We met another couple for Sunday afternoon brunch. It was a great place to catch up. Each of us had a different menu item from eggs benedict to buttermilk fried chicken. Everything was delicious!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Good restaurant

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Bday for the fam

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was delicious. Unfortunately, the coffee machine was broken which dampened our brunch. They didn't tell us until after we had sat down and were in process of ordering. We opted for pretty bad americanos... they charged us full price even though their coffee machine was broken, poor service on that note. Food otherwise was delicious.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I am sorry for the terrible review you are about to read. We have eaten here a. In bed of times in the past and thought it was good.
We decided to go back tonight. I will never go back.
What a mistake.
The service was horendous.
Asked for butter and waited for about 20 mins.
The server disappeared.
The steak special was fatty.
The salmon was small amd dry.
We had to continually ask to have our water glasses refilled.
(The French fries were Great)
Dessert for our daughter, a cookie with ice cream took for ever to be served and we asked a number of time. And they brought it without silverware.
The waitress never returned to ask us what we wanted for dessert.
What came promptly was our bill and for the service and quality of the food it was over priced.

Writer's Room has fallen from the Best Seller list. The quality that was once a Top Seller belongs now is the bin.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very good - everything was fine.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food and service was good. The desert was a big miss, inedible and store bough ice cream.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Tonight was my first night at the restaurant and I really loved it! Food was delicious – clam chowder, fried chicken , spicy mussels and a delish brownie / ice cream dessert! Service was great, fun , casual and a cozy atmosphere as well! I will definitely be returning to this restaurant for another great meal !

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Casual
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Nice atmosphere, but the best tables are in the "library room" and the night we were there, they did not seat anyone in that area. The meatballs were undercooked (raw in the center), but the rest of our meal was excellent. Attentive service - almost to the point of rushing us through the meal. Perhaps bring more than one beverage list for a large table, so that everyone has a chance to look it over before ordering.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The atmosphere was so fun and I wanted to love the restaurant the instant we walked in, however that was not the case. Food from house bread (they didn't have the rolls on the menu) to fried chicken (nice breading, but not flavored even with salt&pepper) and everything in between was lacking. Cheese board could have been much better. Only upside was the great champagne we chose! Love the atmosphere, but would only come for drinks next time and get food elsewhere.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Good service very noisy but was holiday time our waiter was very good. Good price fix menu

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Nicely decorated, tasty food, good service (a bit too quick though), reasonable price to what you get ratio. We will go back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Cozy & pleasant atmosphere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always worth the visit. Especially to escape the midtown hubbub. Delicious drinks.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Despite having a reservation we were asked to wait over 40 min to get seated. Food was fine but overpriced and completely regular. It was very loud. Would not return or recommend.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our server was terrible. We asked for the bakery basket with our drink order, then he brought our drinks and asked if we wanted to start with a bakery basket or just order our food. I ordered eggs Benedict with eggs poached hard and the eggs were runny. My friend ask for toast which was burnt and should have never left the kitchen or much less brought to the table by the server. My daughter asked for extra cheese and dressing for her salad and had to ask twice before receiving it. If you want a good tip, give good service and care about your customers.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Delicious food, romantic atmosphere, wonderfully solicitous staff. We’ll go back when we want a good restaurant on the UES!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food was a bit inconsistent - one dish very good the other slightly overcooked. Reasonably priced. Noise level high for us but not as bad as many in NY.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Always a good meal with good friends in a relaxing and quiet environment

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fish wasn’t cooked as asked... service not great... very noisy..... nothing to pull me back unless feel like burger. Had to ask for ketchup & water multiple times.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My salad and gnocchi were good but a bit pricey. The ambience is great and a bit noisy.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was nice. Service a little slow in the beginning but really good food and lovely ambiance. Prices pretty decent too!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We love dining here. Wonderful atmosphere, food and service. The rotisserie chicken is prepared better here than anywhere in New York. Sitting in the back room is cozy and quiet. Congratulations to Michael and all those who had a hand in paying tribute to Elaine's while updating the experience.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was one of the best dates I have ever had. Thank you!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and even better ambience. I loved the back room with the bookcases and fire place. Definitely a great spot for a group.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Their Parker House Rolls are one of my favorite things in the world -- thanks for bringing them back!!! Unfortunately the Caesar salad was probably the worst I've ever had. Tiny and tasteless, to charge $13 for this salad they should really be ashamed of themselves. Everything else (chicken parm, meatballs & spaghetti) was good as usual. Not spectacular, but good. There should be some less expensive side salad options to go with an entree. Again, if it had cost $6 the Caesar would have been bland-but-passable; but for $13, I am actually considering not going back there again. Except for those incredible Parker House Rolls. Maybe next time we'll just have an order of rolls ($5 by the way; they used to be included) and a drink, and then go elsewhere for our entrée.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Way overpriced for only average food. Small portions on starters and salads. Filet Mignon not very tasty or thick. Fried chicken no flavor or spices. Needs a lot of improvement .

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Nice space but food and service don't deliver. Ordered fish that came with roasted potatoes.
The potatoes came out literally burnt. Had to call waiter over to explain. How could the chef allow that plate out of the kitchen to be served? Basic salad had way too much lemon in the dressing. Our waiter was good, but read about terrible service online

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I enjoy the atmosphere here. It's lively and the staff and clientele are friendly. Our meal was pleasant and our waiter was attentive without being overbearing. It's a great neighborhood establishment in Yorkville.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Asked for quiet table. Was advised would do then put us in back room with only one other couple. Within 30 min a party of about 15-20 was seated and others. Noise became unbearable.
We ordered 3 items saying whih should come first--then they delivered the main course first instead. Their site was recommended for best ribs and the only rib dish was an appetizer. We ordered 2 orders--both came very fatty and 1 portion had 4 ribs and the other only 2. Continually had look for the server and twice had to go to front of restaurant in order to get someone to come to the table. I HAVE NEVER WRITTEN A REVIEW ON A RESTAURANT BEFORE SO THIS MUST HAVE BEEN PRETTY BAD TO GET ME TO REPLY TO YOUR REQUEST TO WRITE A REVIEW

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was really terrible. The banana bread had no flavor, and the avocado toast tasted like it was from a freezer - totally bland and they added very weird seasoning to the avocado. The service was awful. It took 4 requests to get our banana bread, which we ordered first (to which we found out the waitress had never put it in, even though she was snippy and annoyed at us for asking for it multiple times. My friend who came a few minutes late had to ask 4 different people for water, and did not get anything for 15 minutes. It was a shame because the decor and vibe was great.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Exceptionally slow service. Even when asked for an item and reminded, it took them 20 minutes to bring. Food was bland, in addition. I have never written a bad restaurant review before. I felt this was bad enough to merit it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

My wife and I used to frequent this place, but our last experience has changed our view of the place. It now seems more like an upscale/overpriced Applebees.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Been to this restaurant several times and hoped it would be a neighborhood gem. The service was never out of this world but the food and ambience has deteriorated. Here's our latest dinner experience:

Inattentive service - We only saw our waitress when she came to bring the drink menu, take our order and when we finally got her attention to bring the check. We tried multiple times to order more drinks but she was either chatting with a colleague or focused on closing out checks. She never looked at our table to see how the food was or if we needed anything else. The best service came from the bus persons. Very friendly and professional. We normally leave 20% tips but left closer to 15% due to the waitress' very poor service. Would have left less if it weren't for the bus persons.

Food - Pork chops ($36) had no flavor and carbonara ($23) came with an overcooked egg; one that looked like it should come with a Cobb salad. Carbonara had more flavor than the pork chops but not ones that typically come with the dish - it was mostly sweet with hints of vinegar. I guess they tried to cut the sweetness. As noted by a previous reviewer, we were also not provided with a steak knife for the pork chops. Cocktails were nicely presented and standard.

Ambience - This place is called the writing room which evokes a more peaceful setting. They even have a library room in the back. However, the place was very loud from people watching the baseball game in the bar area and the music. There was also a TV in the dining area. It just seems this restaurant doesn't know what it wants to be - a writing room, an elegant dining room or an expensive sports bar? It didn't do any of those things well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Sadly disappointing from the dirty water glass and un-fizzy sparkling water to the strikingly bad Ceasar salad (lettuce seemed aged -- unlike the parmesan cheese which was not shaved but more likely Kraft grated) and way overcooked (blackened as in burnt) potatoes that were more fitting for a greasy spoon diner at breakfast than accompanying my fish entree. The apps were fine: the meatball sliders and beet salad were unfortunately the highlights of the night. Unlikely we'll make a return visit.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The service was horrendous. Took about 15 minutes before we even got a menu (usually, isn't the host who seats you supposed to hand you a menu?). Had to use a butter knife to try and cut duck (which is usually cut with a sharper knife) because the waitress never came back around. The duck was sliced abnormally thick, so a knife was necessary. They didn't take the appetizer dish off of our table until after we were finished with entrees. Me and the other person in my party had to share half of a glass of water during the meal because his never got refilled until the end. The food was tasty but overpriced (think $27 for fried chicken, lol!). Would be worth the price if it were a good service experience at the very least.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellant service and when I told them it was our anniversary they brought over two glasses of champagne! and it was good champagne !! not crappy...service was great and food was very good. Menu was a bit limited, but they let me change a few things around to make me happy. Great ambience. Lots of seating and different rooms.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great ambiance and creative delicious dishes. Loved our waitress. 👏💐

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Had a wonderful evening at this friendly and sophisticated venue. Waiter was a helpful, attentive and pleasant throughout the meal. Food served hot and was flavored deliciously. Did not feel rushed at all. Bathroom clean Would most definitely recommend and return!.

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