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.
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.
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.
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.