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Posted by David Schiff on 09/14/2010
I'm always satisfied at this joint. The food isn't fancy, but it's good and the staff (contrary to what some say) is attentive and friendly. But what I love most about Elaine's is the feel of the place. It's the best saloon/joint in the city.
Posted by Alyssa on 10/29/2009
I get that this place has a lot of history, but how when the food is mediocore? I found the entrees to be bland and lacking flavor. The prices were also ridiculously high for the quality of food. Plus to top it all off, the people that were there were just awful! They were all bantering so loudly that I couldn't hear my boyfriend and he was sitting next to me. I'll definitely PASS next time.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/01/2009
The food was almost inedible and the ambiance was like a dinner party for 80 year olds. To top it all off, the prices are far from reasonable. For what you pay at Elaine's, you could be eating at one of the MANY amazing restaurants in NYC. I don't understand how this place is still open.
Posted by eat out on 06/29/2009
This is an interesting place to have a drink for sure, but the food? Not even close to being decent let alone very good. In the end, you're not coming here for the food but rather to get some old nyc experience that doesnt exist in too many places anymore. That's fine if you know what you're going for. One word of warning...if you're not a page six regular, don't expect much in terms of service and being welcomed.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/25/2007
You don't go to Elaine's specifically for the food, or the service, or the atmosphere -- you go there for the total package. At heart, it's an old-school joint -- a raucous mix of boozers, past-their-prime party gals, almost-famous folk, and quasi movers and shakers, with a few bridge-and-tunnel stargazers thrown in. Italian-American comfort foods (fried cal, bolognese, fra diavolo) work best here. The staff is top-notch professional -- they serve ditzes, but don't hire any. The ambiance is murky and electric, especially when the inevitable table of 10 testosterone cases gets into full swing. All in all, this is not to be missed.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/09/2007
It is the best room in NYC, possibly the world, and everyone looks great in Elaine's light. The food is almost besides the point, but it has gotten better over the years if you stick to basics such as spaghetti & clam sauce. But Elaine's is only as good as what you bring to it... If you leave the place thinking it was so-so, it's because you didn't round up your three or four smartest, most attractive, interesting friends to hang out with... And that's on you.