05/27/2011 02:24 pm ET Updated Jul 27, 2011

Lipton, Lapham, Talese, and Others Have One Last Drink at Elaine's

On the Upper East Side last night, the door of the beloved Elaine's was one of the toughest in the city. It didn't matter if you stood in line for hours, had press credentials, lived around the corner for 30 years, or were at the end of a human chain led by Jay McInerney. "The wait outside -- Elaine would have been so pissed!" journalist Julia Reed said. People left the restaurant, yet still, the post-Kaufman management only allowed the elite inside. "Why are they going out of business if they have so many fans?" asked McInerney as he waited to enter.

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