• iconic Elaine’s left to ‘the help’

06 Jan

NEW YORK — The will of the late Elaine Kaufman, whose homey Upper East Side restaurant and bar was for 47 years a gathering place for the literary elite and those who liked to watch them, leaves the establishment and other properties to the restaurant’s longtime manager.

Kaufman, who died December 3 at the age of 81, also left two five-story buildings to her Diane Becker. She has managed the restaurant for 26 years. Elaine’s was home-away-from-home to many of the entertainment industry’s major stars, including regular Woody Allen, shown in photo with Kaufman during the restaurant’s 45th anniversary party in 2008.

Becker told The New York Times she plans to keep the restaurant open and running the same as it always has. “The staff is still here,” she said. ” … The only missing link is Elaine.”

The will was be filed in Surrogate’s Court in Manhattan today.

Elaine’s is located at 1703 2nd Avenue between East 88th and East 89th streets. Phone: (212) 534-8103.

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Posted by on January 6, 2011 in Bar/Tavern/Lounge, Cuisine, NYC


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