Some 250 lots of artwork, books, furniture, memorabilia and more that restaurateur Elaine Kaufman acquired over a lifetime will be auctioned off Tuesday at Doyle Auction House.
Maybe you couldn’t sit at table number one at the famed restaurant in it’s heyday, but now you can. That table and four chairs are among the over 200 items from the Upper East Side watering hole that will hit the auction block next month.
Before the doors are locked Thursday, regulars planned to meet at the place where they ate average food while rubbing shoulders with stars like Michael Caine and Woody Allen.
An Upper East Side institution known for celebrity sightings, a familial ambiance and a famous reference in Billy Joel’s 1979 hit song, “Big Shot,” is closing down after more than 40 years years of business.
The late owner of Manhattan’s famed Elaine’s restaurant was a strong-willed woman, but may not get her way when it comes to where she wished to be laid to rest.
Celebrities and bold names and the publishing elite made Elaine Kaufman’s restaurant famous. But you didn’t have to be a star to pass her personal test and join the inner circle of regulars.
Famed restaurateur Elaine Kaufman, owner of one of Manhattan’s most iconic restaurants “Elaine’s,” has died. She was 81.