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The Writing Room

1706 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10128-3201
+1 212-335-0075
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good42%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (14 reviews)
“fried chicken” (14 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
1706 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10128-3201
Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hostess(?) seemed to be somewhere else. Literally and figuratively. When we first came in she wasn't around. When she finally showed up, she seemed not to know the first thing about greeting people. Although many people were waiting, she moved at a snail's pace and...More

Thank Joy H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had not been back to the Writing Room for a while but went for a low key celebration. The food is really good, though the idea of french fries with hot peppers was lost on me. The fried chicken is just fantastic and there...More

Thank DadMD
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This is an attractive restaurant, both in the dining room and in the separate combination bar/dining room (see my photos of both below). I have eaten here twice and have not come away impressed. This time I had the Pan-Seared Branzino with Braised Leaks ($32)....More

Thank Harvey M
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We could have written a small book waiting for service in this not-so crowded restaurant. It would have been a book about mediocre food served by an oblivious waiter, maitre'd and staff. In a time far, far from the time we were seated, our waiter...More

Thank NYBrehon
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Amazing Atmosphere, Interior Theme, Service, Food, Drinks, Location. It's Perfect. I like Friday Nights.

Thank rotomatth
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Very busy at the bar on a Friday nite but we sat in the back room and had a quiet dinner. Food was great and service excellent --- except for the coffee that never arrived. All meals at the table were good. Duck could have...More

Thank ncmoose99
Reviewed 13 February 2017

My family and I had Christmas dinner at this lovely restaurant and while I usually prefer to have holiday dinners in my CT farmhouse, I'd go back here in a heartbeat anytime of the year. The ambiance is wonderful, the food is delicious and the...More

Thank Bree060
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Nice spot for apps and drinks. Can get busy, but usually able to find a seat in the bar if the dining room is full.

Thank Cara C
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Love, love this place. Really enjoyed the delicious food and the great "library" ambiance. I could have stayed here all night!

Thank LiveToTravel1329
Reviewed 11 January 2017

We ate hear on the last night of our New York Christmas holiday. Was a bit chilly with the air-con on! Good service and delicious food. A bonus that many of the wines were 50% off too. Would have been an almost perfect evening until...More

Thank lotsoluggage
Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighbourhoods that have
easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural
institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most
livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth
Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of
the nation's most famous attractions in a single
stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the
Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 11:00
12:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1706 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10128-3201
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-335-0075
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