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The Elm
The Elm

The Elm Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theelmnyc.com
  • Email: reservations@theelmnyc.com
  • Phone: (718) 218-1088
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast
    Monday - Saturday | 7:00am-11:00am

    Sunday: 10am – 3pm

    Sunday – Thursday: 6pm – 10pm
    Friday – Saturday: 6pm – 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Paul Liebrandt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bedford Avenue
  • Public Transit: Take the L to Bedford Avenue and walk north. Turn left onto North 12th and The Elm is one block away on your left between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Little Man Parking is located at 162 North 12th as you approach The Elm. The phone number for Little Man Parking is (718) 388-5881.
A word from The Elm
The Elm serves classical, yet forward-thinking French fare. Our menu is broken down by category: Raw, Sea, Land and Shared. The menu is complimented by a wine program that offers a wide-ranging cross-section of eclectic wines. The seasonal cocktail program cross-utilizes freshly-picked herbs and fruits.

Little Elm is our 8 seat counter which offers guests a front row view of our kitchen team in service. Executive Chef Arnie Marcella will offer a seasonal eight course tasting menu created nightly. With advanced notice, we are able to accommodate most allergies and dietary requests.
Little Elm is open Thursday through Sunday and reservations are booked one month in advance directly through the restaurant. We offer reservations at 6pm, 6:30, 9pm and 9:30pm.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The lobster cassoulet remains one of the best dishes I have ever eaten."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, but the portions were way too small."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Beautifully presented food in a great atmosphere. But so overpriced for what you get ! $48 for a head of roasted cauliflower ? It was tasty - well at least the two mushrooms and three greens underneath it - but not much more. For all the hype I was disappointed. Even the cocktail was little more than over priced juice."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Excellent food in the land of the hipsters which made the experience a bit uneven. Cool vibe with waiters in jeans acting the way they think old school waiters should act. Meanwhile almost impossible to order a drink. Drinks and coffee did not live up to the food. Too much poor quality ice diluted a cocktail which had potential."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Foie was good, Pork belly was excellent but pretty expensive, especially for Williamsburg and I live here. Desserts were very disappointing, especially the praline, hazelnuts tasted burnt and it the pastry was too thick. I took one bite then didn't finish it. Service was very attentive."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Lovely space. Food spot on but a little small on the portions."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food, ambience, service and wine - par excellence but not at all stuffy. Very relaxed, cozy setting, soft lighting, and a great soundtrack added to the ambience. The food was tasty, not too salty, and beautifully presented. The foie gras and bass were outstanding. Perfect melding of flavors and texture. The cauliflower in brined milk was amazing! Could have been a tad less salty. The desserts were the highlight of the meal. We shared the praline and chocolate ganache desserts were to die for. Crunchy, sweet & salty, crisp, but also creamy and smooth at the same time. Just sublime. As for the sommelier, he was very knowledgeable and delightful and gave a great recommendation to our taste. Expensive, but worth every penny."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Some very good food here but not at the level of Paul Liebrandt's sublime creations at Corton, Other disappointments: The otherwise excellent lobster cassoulet was oversalted and some of the dishes most lauded in the NYT review were not on the menu."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "For this price you can find much more harmonious restaurants in the nab. The dish are small, over pried and the presentation is a little pretentious. But tasty. The service is terrible. If I was in a diner it would have been fine but a 30 bucks an appetizer, I expect to be treated very well by a well educated and dedicated staff. Not a bunch of passive-aggressive hipsters in khakis. (their dress code is confusing and not appropriate)."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My wife took me to this place for our anniversary. The dishes were excellent, great presentation and amazing flavor. The service was incredible. I highly recommend this place. A little bit pricey, but it is worth it. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "This place was great. The food was excellent I don't really understand the bad reviews I saw on yelp."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Second time visiting this restaurant. The food and service are both fantastic and deserve at least 1 Michelin star. The cauliflower dish is a must. My only complain deals with the acoustic volume of the other guests. At first we were seated between 2 other parties of 2, by the wall. We could not hear ourselves so we move to the bar. Adrienne the bartender took care of us the whole evening. To other dinners, I would suggest to be seated in the middle of the room or at the bar, not by the wall. Better yet, you can ask for the 'tasting menu' and seat across the kitchen."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I like meat and fish but it's the first time of my life that i can say '' the vegetable dish was my favorite''. All the rest was good too but specially that one."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Great architecture, spectacular decor but almost emty on a Thursday night at 8:00 and as such sad like someone with great taste but overdressed for the occasion. Nothing wrong with the service. The lobster cassaulet was a great dish and worthy of Liebrandt's Corton reputation. The starters were decent (with the exeption of the oversalted tartar) but not exeptional enough to justify small sizes and a 20 USD prize tag at an otherwise dark corner of Williamsburg.The same goes for deserts. We had a great and fairly pized wine from Friuli / Italy. Altogether: 300 USD for 3 (3 starters , 1 shared dish, 2 deserts, 1 bottle for 65 ) and thus too expensive for where it is and what it was."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "While food was creative and very tasty portions were minuscule - especially taking in to account the price. One miss was the fish that was way too salty. Rest was quite delicious and fun Williamsburg vibe."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "extraordinary food but A LOT of money considering this was supposed to be a working man's Corton? $48 cauliflower?????"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I wasn't really impressed with the food here.. the portions were extremely small, but the food wasn't flavorful enough to justify it. We had the duck and vongole since the yelp reviews recommended them but weren't really impressed with any of these. The best part of the food was the dessert. Desserts are actually really good at this restaurant. We tried the gold bar, key lime pie and the dessert with pistachio and white chocolate. All of them were delicious."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "and oversized prices....led to a delicious, must leaving you hungry experience. I appreciate the care that goes into making food so delicious...I only wish they gave you the opportunity to do more than just taste it."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "When I heard about The Elm I immediately wanted to go check it out for myself and was a little apprehensive that I had to go to Brooklyn for great food in New York. But, alas, that is correct. The Elm is definitely in the top tier of New York restaurants. The service was professional while being personal. The food was spectacular. Very inventive preparations made with fresh ingredients. The cocktails and wine were perfect for pairing. It was well worth the short subway ride to experience The Elm."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The service was impeccable, the ambience was great, drinks were well made; but the brunch was slightly disappointing. I would consider returning for dinner but not for brunch."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "took my boyfriend here for his birthday. we had an amazing time. the duck was out of control."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "2 hours ahead, the only reservation available was at 6.30pm which i took, but when we got there the restaurant was half empty until 8pm. the menu consists of 9 appetizers which are almost all in the $20-30 range. fish & chips appetizer for $25? really? short ribs appetizer $28? hmm? and then there are 3 entree dishes to share, lobster, cauliflower and pork belly. odd concept! the food is good, but not worth the money. the hake in the fish & chips was a bit dry and the lobster cassoulet was completely over-spiced. the foie gras was delicious but that alone won't make me go back to a pretentious hotel restaurant in williamsburg."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I was expecting to be wowed, after seeing the James Beard nomination. But really, I didn't find anything exceptionally innovative or flavorful or surprising. Beautiful presentation, and good palate balance on the plates, but I never finished a single dish."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was beyond excellent. The skate was the best I had ever had. The lobster cassoulet is nothing short of spectacular as is the grapefruit pan a cotta. We can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The food was great!!! But be prepared for pizza afterwards, the entrees are tapas or smaller! But the short rib was amazing and I just needed more!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food is nothing special. It was terrible over salted. Nobody puts so much salt those days."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Roasted cauliflower was great! Steak tartare was good as well as foie gras Chip & chips were so salty I was going to send it back, but I didn't. And didn't finish it either We were party 4 and when three of us showed up they didn't want to seat us, had to demand to be seated. That's it!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "It's been a long time that I didn't have such a good meal! the menu is easy to understand, and the result simply stunning with a lot of flavors, the service is warm and professional. Double thumbs up! esy and tasty, that's all that matters. thank you"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Definitely a destination spot - across from a deserted lot, but good parking on the street. We have been there twice in the last 2 months. Once at a table and next time the counter pre fixe. The tables are just fine for good reasonably priced bistro food. The counter is an extravagant somewhat laid back pre fixe with more personalized service and descriptions of the food that ranges from very good to excellent. It should be for $135. Definitely try both venues and decide for yourself."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "The design was the best thing; it's quieter than one might expect from a place that has a lot of concrete and sharp edges. The Chicory salad was nice; it had both bitterness of the leaves and a sweetness in the dressing. However, the Foie Gras and the Lobster Cassoulet for two fell short, especially the Lobster Cassoulet which is supposed to be their signature dish. They deconstructed the traditional accompaniments for Foie Gras. While there were substitutions for most of the tastes, there was no spicy side that the mustard usually adds; the liver itself was just bland. The Lobster had too many tastes going on. The first two bites fun just to i.d. the spices, but after that it was overkill, and the lobster itself was tough and stringy."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Excellent meal in a rather boring noisy space. The tables for two are spaced much too close for comfort, don't plan a romantic dinner at The Elm. We shared the lobster cassoulet, superb. Skate was good but not particularly interesting. The shared milelle feuille desert pastry was stunning and very good, subtle and not sweet."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food was decent but for the price one did not meet up to its potential. The chickory salad was mostly thrown together with random spices, the fish and chips was decent, the duck was succulent but quite small for $28, and the same goes for the short ribs. The cheese was a few shaving of what tasted like your average Stilton and a fruit pate with a few tiny breadcrumb like crackers. I tasted only the fruit pate perhaps because it was large in comparison to the few shavings of cheese. The dessert was quite good a panna cotta. The service was not very knowledgeable about the food and overall not very friendly."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Everything was OK but to be honest one of the reasons I sent there was to meet Paul Liebrandt. He was not there and this was quite a bad surprise. Food good but if you choose the right dish ..."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My husband and I recently dined at The Elm with two friends and we were all bowled over by the food! Everything was tasty and well conceived: the foie gras starter with mushroom gelee, the skate, the lobster, the short ribs, everything. The wine list is well considered and the sommelier eager to help us select the perfect bottle. I dare you to be disappointed."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The food was excellent with amazing flavors in every bite. It was very creative use of ingredients."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Great food, service sub-par, didn't have silverware, our server was literally running around behind us to do things he forgot, i.e. drinks, etc. Not great. If I went back I would only go to the bar."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Food was great but service was off. From our server down to the runners, everything was a miss. Too bad, because the food truly is enjoyable."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "first impressions, a little contrived, clearly the work of a good interior designer although not so obvious how the idea of the axe display relates truly to The Elm... small menu...its on line but you really don't clue in that there is no appetizer menu because all the portions other than the "share" (which is just 3 choices) are appetizer size. However,, the story here is really about good food, Yum!... rich, decadent and fried were the order of the evening, but as we all know that never hurts once in awhile, when portions are light and small. The only miss here is the NO greens options, however by the time that you've eaten the best desert you may have had in years you could care less. So a yes from me for The Elm..."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Great food in a relaxing, upscale atmosphere. Definitely recommended."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "The space is beautifully designed. Quality of food was top end and priced accordingly. The service was friendly enough when it was there, but there were multiple delays that were hard to understand. To their credit, they did proactively acknowledge and even gave us an extra item for free, so we would go back and try again."
    Dined on 1/12/2014