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Elaine's Closing

Leper May 17, 2011 10:42 AM

While I am not a New Yorker, I was very sad to learn that the iconic Elaine's is closing next week. I feel for New York's loss.

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  1. Bob W RE: Leper May 17, 2011 12:00 PM

    I'm surprised it stayed open at all after Elaine died.

    My aunt and uncle were regulars; they were friends of some of the prominent artists who frequented the place. Uncle Bob used to tell about how Elaine once coldcocked an unruly customer.

    Without Elaine you just had another bad NY restaurant.

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      Bob Martinez RE: Bob W May 22, 2011 02:23 PM

      "Without Elaine you just had another bad NY restaurant."

      Elaine had all the charm of a pit bull. I have a friend who knew and liked her. She'd come by our table to make conversation from time to time. Let me be blunt - she was no Dorothy Parker.

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        Blancmange RE: Bob Martinez May 22, 2011 10:19 PM

        Ha! So true. Well said.

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          Bob W RE: Bob Martinez May 23, 2011 06:25 AM

          From what I heard from Uncle Bob, she was no %$$^W@$)$% Dorothy Parker!

      2. apple342 RE: Leper May 17, 2011 01:20 PM

        It's definitely the end of a colorful NYC restaurant chapter. I am a little bummed as this was one of my neighborhood spots for many years; although I agree completely with Diane Becker... there really is no Elaine's w/out Elaine.

        1. Withnail42 RE: Leper May 19, 2011 03:51 AM

          Always sad to see an old established place go. Even if it has seen better days.

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            Will Owen RE: Withnail42 May 24, 2011 06:02 PM

            My understanding of Elaine's is that its closing hardly qualifies as Food News. Every account I've read indicates that the kitchen's efforts were best consumed by people who viewed food strictly as fuel, preferably while doing something more interesting. "Better days" must necessarily refer to who was frequently there, not what they were eating.

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              Mangita RE: Will Owen May 24, 2011 06:19 PM

              It was a snitty, mediocre place - adios!

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