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Turning page of city's societal history, Elaine's to close its doors


amny Photo Credit: Elaine Kaufman (Getty Images)

It was the place where you knew everybody’s name.

After 48 years, Elaine’s, the famous Upper East Side eatery that was a nightly haunt for a bevy of old-school New York celebrities and literati, is closing on May 26 — and with it, a chapter of New York social history.

“It was unique and amazing,” said Woody Allen, a regular along with boldface names such as George Plimpton, Norman Mailer, Kurt Vonnegut and Gay Talese.

“I ate my dinner there every single night for maybe 10 years. It was like a home away from home,” Allen said yesterday at a news conference for his latest film.

Diane Becker, the longtime manager who inherited the boite, reportedly said that business – bad since 2008 – continued to worsen since the December death of its owner, Elaine Kaufman, who was famous for playing favorites and making Hollywood royalty feel at home.

“The truth is, there is no Elaine’s without Elaine,” she said in a statement.


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