By Jeff Labrecque
Updated December 03, 2010 at 08:59 PM EST

Elaine Kaufman, the owner of the famous Upper East Side restaurant that bore her name, died Friday from complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and pulmonary hypertension. She was 81. Kaufman purchased the cozy restaurant on the corner of 88th Street and Second Avenue in 1963, and her strong but tender personality and unfailing loyalty helped make Elaine’s an oasis for literary types and celebrities, like Norman Mailer and Woody Allen.

More on Elaine Kaufman from EW:

Elaine Kaufman: An appreciation