Elaine’s was Woody Allen’s second home and in its forty-eight-year history hosted nearly every literary and cultural hotshot who called Manhattan home. But Parlor Steakhouse owners Susy and Michael Glick transformed it winningly into The Writing Room, which cleverly pays homage, with images of past guests adorning the walls. Interiors are clubby but welcoming, with exposed brick, masculine color schemes and a buzzing bar area. Classic American menu keeps to the time honored – the fried chicken and babyback ribs are sublime, and seafood selections are aces. Cocktail list is tight and smart. Respect the history, and leave the Nook at home.