43 East 20th St.
New York, NY 10003Neighborhood:
Gramercy / Flatiron
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.elannyc.com/
- Phone: 6466827105x
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, French, Contemporary American
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
A word from élan
élan is a new restaurant by Chef David Waltuck and George Stinson. The menu is the evolution of David Waltuck's groundbreaking cuisine that elevated and sustained Chanterelle as an award-winning restaurant for 30 years. élan emanates an atmosphere that is both sophisticated and full of energy; the service is gracious and smart, yet informal. The restaurant features a spacious front room for cocktails and light fare, a 12-seat bar, and a 48-seat dining room. Casual diners and those seeking more elaborate or special-occasion experiences will be equally welcome. Dinner will be served 7 days a week, lunch will be served 5 days a week, and David's take on weekend brunch will be served Saturday and Sunday.Continued
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élan reviews from OpenTable diners
166 reviews since May 21, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (127)special occasion (75)neighborhood gem (60)hot spot (44)romantic (43)notable wine list (23)vibrant bar scene (11)good for groups (11)great for brunch (10)late-night find (4)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 9/15/2014Nice room, service and ambiance but the food didn't stand up to the setting. The special Kung Pao chicken was dried out and tasteless. Other choices were better.Special Features:
- NicknameVIPDined on 9/14/2014My second visit to elan. First visit, I liked it, my wife didn't. This time we both had good meals. Chef Waltuck's new restaurant is more casual than his older, posh Chantarelle, and the food is less stunning. But elan is very good nonetheless. Some dishes are imaginative, some are less challenging for timid palates. But all in all, the restaurant is a good one. Because it's not quite wonderful enough to justify traveling any distance for a dinner, I'm glad to have it in my neighborhood.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good diningFaceandsubtleVIPDined on 9/14/2014Delightfully low key and attentive service, delicious food, and an intriguing wine list (not gigantic, but full of interest)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best food NYC!!! Hands downOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/14/2014This was my first stop in NYC , couldn't wait to try a new twist on some old favorites. Service was fantastic and as the restaurant filled with guest the charm really came alive. Enough said .... Go and try it!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dining at it's best!2dineforVIPDined on 9/13/2014From the moment you walk into Elan you know that your dining experience will be exceptional. The staff is both friendly and professional, the decor modern and inviting. The menu was creative and the food delivered on all accounts - there wan't an appetizer or entree among us that disappointed. Truly outstanding experience from beginning to end!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- More casual than ChanterelleReviewerVIPDined on 9/13/2014No tablecloths or giant florals. Waitstaff in black or blue, not white. Tables closer. No Roger Dagorn or Karen. And the night is a lot cheaper. Menu has many links to Chanterelle, although everything is more casual. It tries to capture how New Yorkers eat in the 21st century. He's not trying to be 3/4 stars anymore. More like 1-2. That's a choice not a shortfall. He's won a much younger crowd. And the place is packed.Special Features:
- Long-awaited returnEmteeareVIPDined on 9/12/2014We've been waiting five years since Chanterelle closed, and the waiting was worth it. Completely different ambience, but the quality of attention and that of the cuisine are splendid. It is a welcome return.Special Features:
- Delighted!StarredVIPDined on 9/11/2014I live in the neighborhood so was eager to try this new restaurant. It took awhile to get a reservation but was able to snag one for my birthday (9/11) at 9:30pm. This is normally a bit late for me but I was so happy to have gone. EVERYTHING about the restaurant exceeded my expectations...surprise excellence! Will definitely return and hopefully it will not continue to be so difficult to get a reservation. Thanks for the eve!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- for those who miss chamterelleajajajVIPDined on 9/9/2014welcome navl Daid. tje el;ehamve is gpnme not the fopd is still sjpern. Wosh Laremnnwere tjere, nut ebeytjing else was sipern.Special Features:
- Interesting, but still developingddavidVIPDined on 9/9/2014I ate many times at Waltuck's prior restaurant and also at Veritas, whose space élan occupies. This is an interesting contrast. The food is very interest, but uneven. Some dishes soar and other dishes flop. The service is excellent. The real question is what it will be when it grows up.Special Features:
- disappointingIZ817VIPDined on 9/9/2014we started with the sea urchin guacamole that had gotten raves online but found it lacking vs. traditional guac. we also had the duck - meh! the seafood sausage was outstanding. what really got the experience off badly however was the waiter - he was overly familiar, insisted that he select our cocktails even when we asked to see the cocktail menu. after that kerfuffle, he became increasingly rude. we heard the people at the next table complain to the manager about the waiter also. we may perhaps have enjoyed the restaurant more if we had a different waiter. we will not be back.
- If you were missing Chanterelle...OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/7/2014We recently ate brunch at Elan and it was wonderful. The seafood sausage appetizer is amazing and the sea urchin guacamole with tarot root chips is yummy. Indulge in the buttermilk pancakes with bourbon maple syrup and creme fraiche, it is worth every delicious bite!!! The buttermilk biscuits are fluffy and so tasty they are hard to resist. We are planning a return trip for dinner!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Elan:great food, relaxed atmospheremickymouseDined on 9/7/2014Great food; attentive wait staff; 6 people went for brunch, not one complaint among them (a first!), just praise for the food, ambiance, and staff.Special Features:
- Uninteresting, Pretentious, priceychelsea123Dined on 9/4/2014Was thoroughly disappointed by the restaurant. The food was pretentious, too salty, not interesting. Pretzel bread was just stupid and heavy. Overbearing staff, wouldn't leave us alone, pushy. Should have gone to Gramercy Tavern across the street - that is a solidly good restaurant. Overpriced for what is served. Will NEVER go again. I can't believe that this is the Chanterelle people. That was a wonderful restaurant and inventive. Regret going.
- Such a great experienceRarelydoneVIPDined on 9/4/2014From the time you first walk in, the staff is very professional and attentive. Once seated the mastery of the chefs creations take control of the rest of your experience. I will certainly be heading back to try more food off of their menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- we loved ElanChelseaDined on 9/2/2014Everything was just perfect, including the prices, which were amazing for quality of food. Service couldn't have been better. Wonderfully small, but very inclusive menu, and great specials.Special Features:
- BrilliantjptulsaVIPDined on 9/1/2014What a marvelous neighborhood addition. Although smaller and quieter Elan is a perfect companion to its across the street neighbor Gramercy Tavern.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- disappointingannieDined on 8/27/2014We had to wait 30 minutes for our drinks and the restaurant was half empty. Wait service tried to make up for the incompetency at the bar. Food was not what one would expect from a chef of David Watlucks talents. Simply fair.
- Completely underwhelming.Neighborhoodiner1VIPDined on 8/26/2014Despite chef's pedigree, menu items fall into two categories: pedestrian (salad with yogurt) or pretentious (fois gras pops). Presentation is sloppy at every course. Two tiny pretzel rolls were offered to entire table with a glob of mustard butter beside them on a plate. Fish was overcooked and dry and served on big grey mound of inedible risotto. Service is glaringly bad. Our waiter answered our questions with sarcasm and disdain. Do not waste your time or money here. A disaster.
- Cheers for David WaltuckCasaLVIPDined on 8/26/2014Chanterelle was our favorite restaurant for many years, so we were excited to taste David Waltuck's cuisine once again. We were not disappointed. Everything our party of three had was delicious. In particular the zucchini blossoms were the best I have ever tasted; the unusual guacamole with sea urchin roe was brilliant, as was my smoked seared salmon. Although the dining room atmosphere doesn't begin to compare with Chanterelle, we were very happy to be able to enjoy David's cooking once again, and hope to return soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Elan Hits the Mark!diniVIPDined on 8/25/2014Elan is pure perfection! Everything they do from the greeting at the door to the fabulous, exquisitely prepared food and outstanding service, is sublime and reflects attention to detail. A true culinary feast awaits you here.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- outstanding!HappyDinerDined on 8/23/2014arrived a few minutes early for our reservation and decided to have a drink at the serene bar. Wonderful cocktail (Martinez) for me, and excellent selection of wines for my wife. At table, service was relaxed and outstanding throughout, and server was really helpful with menu choices. Started with a couple of foie gras "lollipops", seafood sausage, and a summer salad (the Salad Expert says this was the best salad she's had in years!); main courses were more wine, another Martinez, a lamb preparation and a very rich burger! Alas, no room for dessert. Nice to see that David Waltuck not only has returned, but is at the top of his game!Special Features:
- elanromantic elanMargaretVIPDined on 8/22/2014Wonderful venue, more casual than Chanterelle and lovely! Desserts alone are worth reserving a table. The sommelier chose a perfect red wine!Special Features:
- Nice return for Waltuck!SkipBuzzVIPDined on 8/21/2014Loved Waltuck at Chanterelle.....like him even better at a this "casual" venue.....no pretentions!!!! Small but smartly spiffed out restaurant. Cocktails are innovative efforts on classics...very good. Zucchini blossoms and Tomato/Watermelon gazpacho w/ lobster and pancetta were outstanding as were the duck mixed grill and mackerel entrees. Wine list nicely varied and well priced. Desserts are very good. Highly recommended. Place gets full but sound level OK. Service is way below Chanterelle level but with time I think this will get corrected.....not bad but rather sloppy and too casual.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/20/2014The service was excellent and most of the food was great. A few dishes were on the bland side but everything was wonderful.
- Did not disappointLas1028VIPDined on 8/19/2014My expectations were high and they certainly were met. The food was delicious, with subdued inventive twists and flavor profiles. My only complaint is that the entrée did take longer to arrive than it should have at this caliber of a restaurant. Otherwise, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful.Special Features:
- wonderful food, quiet eleganceDougRVIPDined on 8/19/2014It's always nice to receive a warm & friendly welcome. I had skipped lunch to go early (at 5:30 opening) to Elan to try the now famous Duck & Foie Gras burger. I wasn't disappointed. It was a delight of layered flavors in one burger & the crunchy roasted potatoes were a perfect textural contrast to the luscious duck. The main dining room is minimalist modern but still warm & inviting. The service was excellent, helpful & friendly. I'll be back for more than the burger.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful menumhill157Dined on 8/17/2014We found the menu, especially the starters, to be exceptional; we would have been happy to order the entire appetizer menu...and more than one serving of the sea urchin guacamole (with outstanding chips) for sure. The duck and foie gras burger was exceptional, melt in your mouth good; the stone fruit sundae was the perfect summer treat. We celebrated a family birthday, and everyone enjoyed the experience. Kudos for the cocktail menu too and to our lovely server, who was friendly, informative and always attentive. The only disappointment was the chicken pot pie, which looked great but tasted ordinary. And the decor was bland. But with food this good, we really didn't care what the room looked like.Special Features:
- Chef Waltuck is back!OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 8/17/2014Went for a brunch celebration. 3 outstanding dishes: General Tso's sweetbreads, duck hash, and duck burger. Will definitely return for dinnerSpecial Features:
- Nothing SpecialLandofLakesVIPDined on 8/17/2014It seems clean and has the feel of a short order dinner. Sparkling water is free if you can only remind the staff to refill your glass. Best to make sure salt and pepper is on the table before the food comes as your food will be cold before it arrives. Staff seems cheerful but clueless.
- Brunch was underwhelmingamg815VIPDined on 8/16/2014Restaurant is beautiful, and service was very nice. Went for brunch and it was largely empty. Food was underwhelming. Not bad especially, but a bit greasy. Also came out lukewarm. Pricing was comparable to elsewhere of this caliber - $16 for a main and $4 for coffee. Probably wouldn't go back for brunch.
- Civilised adult restaurant.BeentwiceVIPDined on 8/15/2014Everything was great. No complaints. Food and service both very good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- BonnieVIPDined on 8/15/2014The food at Elan is mostly wonderful: seafood sausage, stuffed zucchini blossoms, sweetbreads plus the delicious pretzel with mustard butter-- all the tops. The mackerel, ordered for the second time, disappointed. the sauce must have been changed and this sauce did not enhance the fish. Although there is enough staff, our waiter was more pleasant than efficient and the kitchen was incredibly slow. An hour and 15 minutes to be served a main course is too long. The Manhattan did not resemble any Manhattan I have ever had--and not in a good way. Still, we will return.I would recommend this to a friend.
- LarryVIPDined on 8/14/2014This is a serious restaurant with a creative chef who uses fresh and unusual ingredients. (Where else can you find sea urchin guacamole.). The issue is there is a heaviness to many offerings (fettuccine with sea scallops cooked in duck fat).Special Features:
- Perfect ExperienceDiscerningDinerDined on 8/14/2014We were a party of four and excited that David Waltuck had returned to the restaurant scene. Everything was great and certain dishes stood out as absolutely exceptional. The seafood sausage continues to be in a league of its own as were the General Tso's sweetbreads. Is there another way to prepare guacamole other than with sea urchin? The duck breast was extraordinary and the chef nailed it on the Tea Smoked Salmon with crisp skin- as perfectly prepared fish as I've eaten. It's implanted in my brain. Wow on the duck fat hash browns. The wine list included reasonable selections which paired well with the food and the service was engaging and professional. Too stuffed for dessert. Remarkable after only six; sky's the limit.Special Features:
- amazing mealEdwardVIPDined on 8/13/2014It's a very cute, comfortably small dining area that is serviced by wonderful waitstaff. Our waiter timed his visits to our table perfectly so he was around just when we needed him and inquired about our food at the appropriate moments. And the food is really terrific. I was not aware of the menu so it was full of great choices in seafood and it had a slightly Asian flair to the dishes, which I liked. My friend had a lamb dish which looked exquisite -- and she wiped her plate clean! -- and I had a salmon dish that was equally delicious. One other thing - I ordered wine by the glass and the waiter gave me a good pour to each glass, which I appreciate. Totally worth a visit!Special Features:
- great new restaurantCamilleVIPDined on 8/10/2014I learned it's just opened, so I'd like to give it a try. We ordered the smoked salmon and lamb loin as entry. They are really delicious and we are very pleased. As for appertizer, we ordered the famous seafood sausage, uni guacamole, plus the sake and soy cured beef. I have to say the seafood sausage has not much taste, can't taste sake and soy on the cured beef, but it's tastier than the sausage. We'd love to come back to try other dishes.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loved the Food,The Room not so muchJannVIPDined on 8/9/2014The Food. Pretzel rolls & mustard butter was a palate stimulator. Farm radishes with cumin vinaigrette was fresh, bright & crunchy. Duck fois gras burger was unctuous and rich. Striped Bass disappointed a bit, the brown sauce overwhelmed the flavor of the fish-it could have been any white fish, the accompaniments of potato chips with sage leaves & perfectly cooked snow peas save the dish. The Room was stark with bare white painted brick walls with 3 gold veined rectangular mirrors. Instead some large art photos black & white or color on the walls would have helped.
- Exceptional ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 8/8/2014We made a 10:45 p.m. reservation on a Friday evening (from a Broadway Theater); then fought our way to Gramercy, thru a packed Time Square, to make our reservation. We flung ourselves through the door, breathless, frazzled at 10:58 p.m., and were greeted by a smiling host, who welcomed me by name. We were swiftly seated, in the modern dining room, at the perfect corner table. A cadre of servers took our drink order, brought menus, water and something to nibble on. Okay, they had sold out of the dish I wanted (Sea Scallops & Fettuccine), but the seared "tea-rubbed" salmon I had was a delightful alternative. Throughout, the service was impeccable. Oh, and the bar area offers a fun, open air view onto East 20th Street. Well done, Elan!Special Features:
- Very good dining experienceNKR1978Dined on 8/8/2014Had the pleasure of a very good meal in a beautiful restaurant. The service and atmosphere were outstanding. The food was very good. The seafood sausage was much lighter than it looked and was very tasty. We were somewhat disappointed with the raw oysters as they were served slightly colder than room temperature. The guacamole was good. I absolutely loved the mackerel entree and my friend loved the bass. The cherry sundae was a great way to end the meal. The whole staff from the hostess to the bartenders and our waiter were great. All were friendly and they all seemed really excited about the restaurant. Great service more than makes up for any minor issues with the food and I hope to go back to élan agin.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.