Atelier86's primary location is in an intimate New York City penthouse apartment setting. It was formerly the long-time home of Elaine Kaufman, the proprietor of the famous bar and restaurant, Elaine's. From 1963 until 2011, Elaine's hosted numerous writers, artists, musicians, and other entertainers and became a go-to spot for legions of prominent New Yorkers. It achieved a level of popular recognition due to a reference in Billy Joel's 1978 hit song Big Shot.
We believe it's highly fitting to use Ms. Kaufman's former apartment to continue her tradition of supporting the arts. At Atelier86, this support involves providing writers, artists, entertainers, and other noted cultural authorities a setting for informal presentation and feedback. Meanwhile, other participants gain a close-up look at the creative process. Food and drink are secondary but remain an important complement to our activities.