Élan is a contemporary American restaurant located in Manhattan that serves refined yet casual international cuisine. Chef David Watluck has created an exciting, whimsical menu that draws inspiration from all corners of the globe. From the Chinese-inspired General Tso's sweetbreads to the classic French terrines, guests can find something delicious that suits their mood.
To further illustrate the diversity of Élan, a typical three-course meal might look something like this: sea urchin guacamole with taro root chips to start, grilled shrimp lo mein for dinner, and a southern style maple cream pie for dessert. There is also an a lá carté menu available for both the dining room and bar area, which Élan has decorated with art installations from both established and local up-and-coming artists.
The entire evening was exactly what you want in a high-end dining experience. Impeccable service, spectacular and interesting dishes, and a delightful atmosphere. A new favorite.
Tastefully and creatively seasoned. Lovely dining room and helpful waiter. With NO attitude. Nice to have service w a smile😀
It was a more upscale bunch than your average all-you-can-drink, but it was lovely experience with fine cuisine and a prix fixe brunch menu (including cocktails) at a great price!
Expected nothing less from chef waltuck. As like chanterells food was creative and delish. To make our experience even better we had a wonderful waitress nanci. She was very knowledgeable on both the menu and bar.
The food was really good but the service was not on point. It was NYE and our server, although very nice, was too busy to take care of all his tables properly. We wanted to order a bottle of wine but couldn't get anyone's attention until AFTER we received our first course (not through our server - we couldn't find him.) We also had to ask for the check 3 times before we actually received it. I think the service would have been great on a slower night or if our server had less tables. The best part of the night was the friendly and efficient bartender and the drinks!
The food and service were excellent. Inventive dishes, spectacular meal.
Less pretentious than chef David Waltuck's Chanterelle, his élan is nonetheless mostly excellent. (My only cavil about an early New Year's Eve dinner involved shrimp that were slightly iodine-y.) Food is generally of a high order, service is attentive and concerned (although it's often hard to get a check at the end of a meal), and prices are significantly less usurious than they were at Chanterelle. So what if the decor is uninspired? Chef Waltuck's imaginative dishes make dinner worth a detour.
Christmas Eve Dinner: festive but not chaotic. Food is first rate. There was a serving glitch, which the restaurant dealt with well once it came to their attention. Nice room with good acoustics. On our "celebrations" list...
I was disappointed. The pretzels given out at the beginning of the meal were one of the most delicious parts of our dining experience. The shrimp lo mein was unimpressive, the shrimp toast and croquettes were very fried and lacked additional flavor. The chocolate pudding was not worth the calories. On the other hand, the short rib was fantastic. I wouldn't go back.
Excellent restaurant, Very good food with an asian twist. Good decor and great staff. A real gem of a restaurant in the area. A definite must eat at restaurant in manhattan!
Loved the soft pretzels and mustard butter to start. Delicious endive and fennel salad followed by steak frites that melted in mouth. Really excellent eater and fabulous server. Would go again.
love the sweetbreads. it definitely feels a little 'older,' but the food was all great. I miss those foie gras lollipops, actually.
Wonderful food, great service. The seafood sausage is outstanding!
Above average price for an average dinner. Indifferent service by the team which caused a number of incorrect deliveries to our table. I am not sure of the waiter knows how to spell Meuniere let alone what it is "fish in flour"...lamb shank was tender and filling, curry chicken dumplings, gnocchi and duck fat hash browns disappointed...cocktails were good, maybe should have stopped there.
I haven't always been thrilled with elan's food, but a recent dinner was terrific. Chef Waltuck is imaginative and deft, and his staff is friendly and accommodating. Elan's decor strikes me as sterile, but everything else is so seductive that now I'm eager to return.
We went to elan on a Monday night, early by NYC standards at 8PM. The entire front of the restaurant, including the bar was empty. There were a few tables filled in the back, but that wasn't visible through the front window.
The service was good, and our waitress was very nice, however the lack of people and quiet music made it feel more like a museum than a fun restaurant. Perhaps I need to control my expectations, but I felt the food was mediocre. The flounder I ordered for dinner came as a huge, plate-sized filet, covering a Dijon and tomato sauce underneath. No garnish, no greens, no sides. While certainly edible, it wasn't something that would keep me coming back. We were served delicious miniature truffles at the end of the meal with our bill, which were amazing. Overall, elan left me with a feeling of something to be desired.
Delightful surprise for dinner! Shrimp toast was divine and the sea bass were suburb.
The wait staff was on point, the food was excellent, the ambiance is great. This is truly a wonderful experience. The seafood sausage is a must. It is a place I will visit over and over again. I am telling all my friends so they can experience the same as I did.
Wanted to experience Mr Walltuck's food once more after one of the best meals I have had in NYC when he owned Chanterelle. The space at elan is enticing, with a long bar for pre-dinnr drinks or casual bar eating. Our table was delayed by the previous diners, but an unasked for offer of complimentary drinks was a good sign of the execellent service to come. Dining room is small, cosy and not too noisy, but also not stiflingly quiet - a good balance. The food was excellent, though it perhaps lacked that final sparkle of pleasure that Chanterelee provided - perhaps a function of it being Thanksgiving? But very good value, a lovely dining space and the hope for that extra couple of percent on the food will certainly warrant abother visit and recommendations.
My first experience gave me the confidence they'd offer a lovely Thanksgiving--and I was bringing my CIA trained chef/sister and mom, who can cook with the best of 'em. It was as good as the first time --i.e., GREAT. Yes, attentive/friendly staff and rock solid sommelier with great wine list. But the food...really, this is NYCs best kept secret (hate to share for fear reservation difficulty!). As I said to Mom: it doesn't matter if you see a few things on that menu that you think you aren't in the mood for...you WILLbe once you take the first bite!
The food and staff were simply amazing!!! We can't wait to go back!
My group, Fine Diners Over 40, are a discriminating bunch who knew the Waltuck brand from Chanterelle. David’s new venture hit every note with each course (I had the unique snowpea salad and perfectly-seared salmon). And in case you’re wondering how a chef could use lavender and coffee reduction to render an amazing pumpkin pie, look no further. The service was great and our chatty group particularly appreciated the low noise level.
food was really great but the service was just so chaotic and messy--it went inattentive or haughty but they seemed so overwhelmed and under staffed--we are predisposed to love the place as we are chanterelle fans
food was really great although rich
Three people to serve 80 people is not enough. Had to beg for drinks, food, check. Didnt have dessert even though we paid for it. Disaster, I hope it was just a bad day but Im not going back
Husband was not happy with fixed menu. I thought the food was good and the service excellent.
Service was gracious and food was delicious. It is a bit noisy because of the small dining area. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
My husband I have visited a number of times and have had been taken in by the food, surroundings and stellar service. We have had attentive, passionate service and experience the élan while dining on gems from the tasting menu.
Given traffic we were about ten minutes late and our table was "no longer available." No options, no we need the table by 8:30 but I noticed the bar was empty and we volunteered to sit there which we actually prefer. (When we left the restaurant was still half empty.)
I really wanted to like this place, had eaten at Chanterelle even when it was on Mercy and actually had diner there the last night it was open. But aside from a beautiful salad, food was mediocre - partner could not remember her meal the next day. My steak would not have stood up to a decent bistro. As Michelin would say: not worth the trip
My husband and I had brunch here a couple of Sundays ago, based on a recommendation from Adam Platt of New York Magazine. It was empty when we arrived, a bit on the early side, but was at capacity when we left. Both of us ordered cocktails that sounded weird and were wonderful. The server took obvious pride in the restaurant and the chef, as he should have. I had the Chef's Breakfast, which sounds General Tso's Sweetbreads - perfectly crunchy on the outside. We both want to return for Duck Confit Hash. A relaxing, rewarding grown-up operation.
Just a simple Friday evening out and we found élan on Opentable. The food was wonderful and the service was even better. Our server Meg and her team helped make for an easy evening and complimented the food almost as much as the wine. I highly recommend élan and the staff's recommendations.
Couldn't have been better. The salmon was exquisite.
Start to finish, every aspect of this restaurant is superb. The food was beyond amazing, and so was our server, Nancy. She was passionate and knowledgeable --described items on the menu in such beautiful detail. We tried a wide range of dishes--crispy mushroom croquettes with just a hint of truffle, an amazing fall salad with yogurt and feta that was almost too beautiful to eat, but too delicious not to. By far, the winning entree was the cod. Perfectly cooked, flaky and light--paired with a sauce that made you want to lick the plate, if you could get away with it. The salmon with parsley pasta was also terrific. élan is a rare gem.
Thanks to the Waltucks for returning to the New York restaurant scene. Their new restaurant élan is fun and friendly and delicious as you would expect. Service was faultless and the food outstanding. Not the coziest atmosphere but comfortable none the less. Highly recommend it.
I enjoy coming to this restaurant . I am always more interested to appetizers .
This time we shared many of the appetizers .
They were very welol prepared And savory
Intimate setting with great food and a relaxed ambiance. Fantastic service
All-around wonderful. Food is delicious and the waitstaff is superb. High-class food without an attitude. Always feel comfortable here. A perfect restaurant.
Reservation was made for 8:45 pm via open table, but we were not seated until about 9:30 pm. We were told by the server the kitchen had one steak left. Therefore, only my boyfriend could order the steak, and I had to choose a different dish. Most items on the menu are not gluten-free (although most items are basics meats, I.e. Steak, duck, etc.), because the sauces contain flour- so need to order the dish without the sauce. Waitress we had was very rude. Food itself was good, and the duck I ordered tasted delicious without the sauce. Decor of the restaurant was nice. Reasonable prices- steak is $30, duck is $34. I probably would not go back as the cons outweighed the pros.
I like Elan. I've been here for lunch and dinner. I likke the fact that they offer their own sparkling water and the pretzel rolls are dynamite. Food is lovely. Lots of interesting choices, all presented in a clean manner. I love the mushroom croquettes here and the pulled pork tacos are delicious. I had tasted the seafood sausage before and that is a hearty and well put together. My flounder meuniere was a GIANT but very tasty filet. My husband's sword fish was also a great dish, cooked just right. But I have to say the start of the night was the creamless creamed corn side dish. Magnificent, creamy, warm goodness. I could have bowls of that. Our server was very nice and polite but service in general was a little off. Twice--they brought out dishes that we had not ordered. They were for other tables but they kept coming to us.
I'd go back.
Chef and waiter very accommodating for a dairy free diner. Thank you!
We celebrated our two decades of marriage at elan and found everything just superb. A great find and wonderful place to recommend many others, but not too many at once, to come and enjoy.