The Rise of One of New York's Most Legendary Restaurants
Original Publish Date: Jun 09, 2015
Product Number: EB00743658
Released: Nov 19, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781634500074
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
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"What Truman Capote did for Tiffany's, and Woody Allen for Manhattan, Amy Penn has done for Elaine's . . . We may read and share in this feast for all seasons" (Charles Scribner). Elaine's was a world-famous New York restaurant that became home to writers and celebrities. Owner Elaine Kaufman was known to be "New York feisty," controversial, often rude, always blunt, with the flare of Gertrude Stein and Dorothy Parker. Elaine was highly respected and also frequently feared, and Elaine's the restaurant received the public's love and praise time and time again. Woody Allen held a regular table there, and Elaine's was even featured in Allen's Manhattan and Billy Joel's song "Big Shot." Throughout the years, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and countless celebrities, politicians, socialites, private eyes, athletes, artists, and the biggest names in Hollywood became Elaine's regulars. Most emphatically, Elaine's raison d'Etre was to nourish "starving writers" with encouragement, introductions to Pulitzer Prize winners, and free food and alcohol. These struggling authors responded to Elaine's support with profound gratitude. Elaine passed away in 2010, forcing the restaurant manager to close shop shortly after. "There is no Elaine's without Elaine," she decreed. However, the memories remain and are recalled by a variety of Elaine's regulars in this moving, oftentimes amusing, collection of personal essays. "Penn has collected reminiscences of Elaine's from folks who made it a sort of second home. Their anecdotes give the rest of us brief access into the orbit of the notorious even when their stories reveal more about the storyteller than about Elaine's and its denizens." —Booklist

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