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’être 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.
Spend a night or two at Elaine’s with . . .
- Woody Allen, award-winning director
- David Black, award-winning author
- Per Bjurman, Sweden’s leading music writer turned sports writer
- Steve McPartlin, television host and radio sportscaster
- China Girard, former Ford model and Grammy-nominated musician
- Jessica Burstein, award-winning photographer
- Jodi Garner, Broadway producer
- Elaine Madsen, Emmy Award–winning director
- Curt Block, sportswriter and publicist
- Ash Bennington, reporter and editor
- And many more!
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About the Author
Liz Smith is a popular gossip columnist also known as the Grande Dame of Dish. Her work has appeared in the New York Daily News, Newsday, New York Post, and Chicago Tribune. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Natural Blonde.
Table of Contents
Foreword Liz Smith ix
So … Who Was Elaine Kaufman? Amy Phillips Penn 1
There's No Elaine's Without Elaine Amy Phillips Penn 7
Take Four: Customer, Publicist, Columnist, And "Let's Do Lunch, Elaine" Amy Phillips Penn 11
"Marry Me, Marry Me" At Elaine's David Black 17
Elaine Empties the Stanley Cup Per Bjurman 21
"Give Him Table Six, He Says He Has Money." Steve McPartlin 26
When Elaine Socked Me China Girard 30
How Elaine Became My Photo Agent Jessica Burstein 33
Travels With Elaine Jessica Burstein 37
My Last Night At Elaine's Jodi Garner 47
"I'm a Fucking Icon." Elaine Madsen 49
Elaine Was My Dating Coach Ken Pliska 52
My Home Away From Home Dana Moyles 55
The Good Penny Curt Block 58
"Elaine's Was Really Three Different Places." Ash Bennington 61
Woody Allen On Elaine's A O&A: Amy Phillips Penn 67
Top Ten Reasons Your New Hangout Will Never Replace Elaine's Charles Kipps 69
Shooting Elaine's (But Not Elaine) Ron Galella 71
When Spinelli Met Plimpton As Told To Amy Phillips Penn 73
"Not Only Did You Share A Meal Or A Drink, But You Shared Yourself." Mark Rossini 76
Elaine's, A Tribute Photographs: Larry Fink 79
Dabney Coleman Does The Godfather Gig At Elaine's. Just Guess Who's Listening. Dabney Coleman 86
Elaine Kaufman: Friend and Investor Esther Margolis 90
"I Was Married To My Restaurant: Elaine Was Married To Elaine's." Steve (Pally) McFadden 96
Elaine Was An Interesting, Tough Lady. (I Saw Her Punch Out A Guy.) Ken Moran 100
The Era Is Over Al Sapienza 104
Still "Anchored" At Elaine's Bob Drury 108
"Who's Da Poet?" Taki Theodoracopulos 111
Elaine As Mama Earth Fred Morton 114
There's "Nothing Like Gedempte Flaische." Steve Walter 118
People Soup Tony Hendra 121
Who's on First? (In Elaine's Bathroom) Richard Johnson 127
"I Would Not Be the Person I Am Today if I Had Not Gone Into Elaine's." Libby Schoettle 129