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Elaine's: The Rise of One of New Yorks Most Legendary Restaurants from Those Who Were There Hardcover – June 9, 2015
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"Restaurants are places to eat, but some few restaurants are about much more than food. Elaine’s, for decades a fixture on New York City’s Upper East Side, attracted crowds of celebrities from the entertainment industry as well as wannabes and people who simply craved proximity to the famous. George Plimpton, Norman Mailer, Elaine Stritch, and Woody Allen all hung out there. Paparazzi hovered at the restaurant’s front door to capture candid shots of actors and writers coming and going. At the restaurant’s center, the incomparable, tart-tongued owner, Elaine Kaufman, held forth, hopping from table to table and even eating off her customers’ plates. Her jealous regard for customers’ privacy made Elaine’s a relatively safe haven. 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
About the Author
Liz Smith is a popular gossip columnist also known as the Grand 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.
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