ellabess
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ellabess

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ellabessnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2129255559
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am-10:00am Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 11:30pm Sunday Brunch: 10am-3pm Lounge: All Day
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Troy Unruh
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kenmare
  • Parking: Valet
A word from ellabess
ellabess, a seasonal American restaurant headed by acclaimed chef Troy Unruh, is operated by Epicurean Management, the hospitality company whose restaurants include New York City favorites dell’anima, L’Artusi and Anfora. Unruh offers sguests a variety of market fresh dishes, Quail with spaetzle, root vegetables and sage; Roasted Duck Breast with dirty rice; and Braised Beef Short rib with apples, fennel and radicchio. Unruh’s menu is complemented by the all-American wine, cocktail, and beer list developed by Epicurean Management Beverage Director, Joe Campanale and ellabess Beverage Director, Tyler Drinkwater. The 70-seat restaurant and lounge is designed by Grzywinski & Pons, and features banquette seating, a wooden communal table, and pillow-lined alcove. ellabess is open daily, serving breakfast, Sunday brunch, dinner and an all day lounge menu.
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ellabess reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Food was very salty and mediocre-
    LynnVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    Food was very salty and mediocre- dining area was cold and staff did not turn up the heat upon request.
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  • Very chic place, food good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/31/2012
    Very chic place, food good, service good. Heated seats! half price cocktails/share plates = good deal. The only negative was the drinks. The two I tried were really strong (not in a good way) and wouldn't order those again. Overall good experience
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • My sister and i enjoyed a
    NYCchick5VIP
    Dined on 1/29/2012
    My sister and i enjoyed a delicious brunch; the bloody mary flight was unique and very good and the food was stellar. The only complaint I have was the service. The waitress came over once when I first arrived and we weren't ready and then she was preoccupied making drinks and cleaning the bar and wasn't paying attention when we tried to get her attention. After several minutes we were luckily able to order.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Ellabess's ambitions outstrip
    noneVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    Ellabess's ambitions outstrip its reach: the kitchen is trying very hard, and some dishes were lovely (the squash soup amuse bouche was delightful), the quail pleasant without being memorable, and the gnocchi, perhaps the best dish, nicely executed-- light and not at all gummy). The Main problem is with the seasoning-- it seems the kitchen forgets to salt dishes, so the grilled octopus on polenta was nearly flavorless, save for the occasional blast of marjoram, and the cod fritters inexplicably tasteless.
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  • Awesome food.....great ambiance....
    MarcnvinnyVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2012
    Awesome food.....great ambiance.....nice domestic wine list and fun cocktails too. Waitstaff is very friendly and very knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Interesting menu of classics
    senzanome
    Dined on 1/12/2012
    Interesting menu of classics with seasonal/regional twists and adaptations; nice flavors, knowledgeable staff. Informal, friendly atmosphere. Wine list is intelligent, and complements the menu quite well.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Good, but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Despite the fact that they didn't have the lamb shank that I wanted, the cod fritter appetizer, and trout and pork chop entrees that we ordered were satisfactory. The pork is served medium rare and was very pink...so if you too eat pork only well done, you'll have to tell the chef in advance...the server should have warned us ahead of time of its preparation. Don't waste the money on lackluster dessert and instead opt for the creative cocktails.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Great food and the manager,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/29/2011
    Great food and the manager, Kevin, is the best. I will definitely go back again soon .
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The food was Delish, and the
    Radik76
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    The food was Delish, and the service very attentive.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good hotel restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/25/2011
    Good food - the banh mi sliders were dynamite, and a quality burger (a well done medium rare). Could rate it higher, but the resto is a little small, but still has nice ambiance. I'd go again.
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  • We had the Thanksgiving 3
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/24/2011
    We had the Thanksgiving 3 course meal which was great. The waitress was knowledgeable not only of the food which she had tasted but was also knowledgeable of the wine. Great experience.
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    fit for foodies
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  • ok but not worth the wait !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    We had to wait over 30 minutes to get our table, however both the food and service was good, large portions so was good to share and the price was not unreasoable for 3 My big dissapointment was how the front of house handled our 30 minute wait !
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    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Good Neighborhood Restaurant
    akallish
    Dined on 11/16/2011
    EllaBess is a good neighborhood restaurant. We went there on a rainy night and walked passed it the first time (it is on the Northwest corner) in a new construction development. There were not many people at 6:30pm but who in new york has dinner at 6:30pm? The atmosphere was warm and inviting and the greeter was great. We had the hummus and pappadum which was very tasty and then they brought out a complementary appetizer of squash with mushroom and egg, which was great. The main courses are small but satisfying. This restaurant is up and coming and has potential.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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  • The guys from two of my favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    The guys from two of my favorites -- L'Artusi and Dell' Anima -- have created another great restaurant. Food was fun, creative, delicious; the wine list was well curated; and the service was at just the right level. Will definitely head back to this spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
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  • Pretty space. Wasn't crowded.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2011
    Pretty space. Wasn't crowded. Noise level was reasonable so conversation was possible. Food was okay. Service could have been a little more attentive given the restaurant was not crowded.
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  • Food was great but they need
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2011
    Food was great but they need a new bartender, one with personality...very cool and abrupt....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've eaten here a couple of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2011
    I've eaten here a couple of times and find, as a new restaurant, the food gets better and better. I love the decor and always enjoy having a drink in the lobby of the hotel.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • great flavor combinations,
    pandadocVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2011
    great flavor combinations, innovative foods, lovely presentation, friendly wait staff and wonderful manager - bartendar is a gem...Nothing at all negative to say.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Zucchini dish with eggplant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2011
    The Zucchini dish with eggplant is the Yummy healthy choice!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was okay, but not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2011
    The food was okay, but not great considering the reputation of Elizabeth Street.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Epicurian home-run
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2011
    Staff was knowledgeable and the food was well recommended. Fried chicken was special, soaked in yogurt before fried, never heard of it, will definitely try it. Ask for the squash,mushroom,speck and egg dish. It was awesome.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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  • The fried chicken was moist
    eat4cheap
    Dined on 9/28/2011
    The fried chicken was moist and crunchy. Delicious, huge portions. I was impressed! I live in the neighborhood, so I'll be back - probably to check out the happy hour.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • After waiting 50 minutes to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2011
    After waiting 50 minutes to be seated the service was horrible.
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  • Everything was fantastic,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/24/2011
    Everything was fantastic, only area to improve is the service - seemed very inexperienced and not tremendously attentive. Plus, earn to open a bottle of wine without blowing up the cork when you work at a nice restaurant.
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  • Good food, but empty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2011
    Was excited to try ellabess after reading about its opening a few months back. Took a few work colleagues from out of town that were looking to try to New York spot...unfortunately, this is not it. We went on a Monday night and the restaurant was dead. There were only 2 other tables...not exactly the atmosphere I was looking for which is a shame, because the food was quite good. Apps were okay to good, but the mains were the real hit. The halibut, snapper, and skirt steak were all perfectly cooked and delicious. Hope they begin to draw bigger crowds...
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  • Food was good but service
    rottyVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2011
    Food was good but service was very slow to the point where I was beginning to not enjoy my meal. Octopus appetizer was delicious and skirt steak and fried chicken were a hit.
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  • The food was really fantastic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2011
    The food was really fantastic. The menu suits everyone. The music/playlist was AMAZING, super fun, to go with the chic decor. LOVE.
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  • When the food matches the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/9/2011
    Enjoyed the space/atmosphere and experienced very good service. Octopus appetizer had more 'texture' than I'd like. Good entrées of Snapper with crispy skin and a flavorful Skirt Steak. Waffle Soufflé for dessert was very well done. Prices were perhaps a bit higher than they should be. Attractive staff and clientele. Will give it another try when the menu becomes a bit more inspired.
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  • Tasty and inventive food at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2011
    Tasty and inventive food at a price reasonable for the city, pleasant service. The decor and vibe is modern, hip and a bit on the cold side rather than cozy.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • of dell'anima caliber!
    AtematicVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2011
    it was raining cats & dogs on an August Sunday night and the place was very quiet, but what a beautiful space - modern and warm, elegant and humble, really well done - & super friendly staff, and I ended up having a wonderful, relaxing evening catching up with a friend over delicious food, watching the cars go by in the rain. I had a fantastic market veg and herb salad to start and shrimp a la plancha main, and my friend had the charred octopus which she loved. i had a delicious austrian red wine too, but unfortunately cant remember the name of it... I'm a big fan of dell'anima, so i was excited to try ellabess, and it was worthy of the heritage!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • I loved this spot. My only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2011
    I loved this spot. My only thing we sat right under the Ac duct while there was a rain storm outside which me freezing cold. Other than that I will repeat.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • I had a great meal there.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2011
    I had a great meal there. The food was delicious. It was a kind of noisy when we got there, I am not sure if it as the accoustics of the place. The noise died down towards the end of our meal.The wait staff was very nice but could be a little bit more attentive. Overall I had a great experience
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • roasted cauliflower was excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2011
    roasted cauliflower was excellent, although a little salty. food was consistently good.
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  • new buzzy place but not as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/14/2011
    new buzzy place but not as delicious as dell'anima. given it's a hotel, the prices are slightly higher. had the octopus and scallops. great for sharing.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Octopus for starter, fried
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/12/2011
    Octopus for starter, fried chicken and wild king salmon confit for entree, and waffle soufle for dessert - yummy!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Great spot in an up and coming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/11/2011
    Great spot in an up and coming area. Fluke ceviche, market salad, fried chicken, sea bass, pork chop, steak and everything else was really great. Music was awesome and great energy especially later on when the sun went down. Great energy and great service.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice little place. was expecting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2011
    nice little place. was expecting more from the food. it was yummy but fell short of expectation. the salmon confit was kinda lame.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • This sister of dell'anima
    PatsFanNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2011
    This sister of dell'anima is quite nice. The food was excellent and our waiter was so sweet. The only complaint I have is that the restaurant is set into the ground such that your face feels like it is at eye-level with the street. I was constantly distracted by cars driving by. (I still prefer dell'anima.)
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  • Appetizers of fresh clam chowder
    rottyVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    Appetizers of fresh clam chowder and ceviche were okay. Entrees however were excellent. Hangar steak and fried chicken. Waffle souffle was delicious too.
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  • food was very good but seems
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    food was very good but seems like the kitchen still is working out kinks.
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    fit for foodies
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