elmo

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American
Elmo offers the unique convergence of New York's vibrant social life with the unabashed friendliness of your favorite neighbor haunt. This Chelsea landmark brings together a spirited bar scene (offering jumbo cocktails), a stunning mid-century dining room and a delicious, reasonably priced American menu. Elmo is brilliantly successful at offering something for just about everyone.

Elmo also boasts a high-style private party space in their swanky lounge along with seasonal outside dining in their sidewalk cafe.

Open daily for lunch, dinner and fabulous weekend brunch.
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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect for the occasion.

V
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We sat towards the front and it was freezing. Sit in the back if you want to be more comfortable.

WW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Nice menu and ambiance but took close to an hour for our food to arrive- over lunch! We were late getting back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistent comfort food. Delicious cocktails!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing night. I went with my mother and my boyfriend (now fiance) and it was to be a quiet night for a marriage proposal but lo and behold everyone cheered as I got on bended knee and supplied my boyfriend with a daimond ring. It was perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. They are very accomadating.

MR
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very tasty food with excellent service. Fun crowd in a great atmosphere. Definitely would be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and the service never disappoints.

AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, good food. Drinks very pricey. Wait staff very attentive. Large portions for lunch.

B
Charleston
66 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place!!! Cat, our server was so attentive but not over bearing, loved her, the cocktails were wonderful and the food was delivered hot and delicious. Had the Meatloaf and the fries chicken, was not disappointed. Place was noisy but in a good way, family friendly and full of energy.

BH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Elmo is my go-to and it never disappoints. Great food, menu that makes me want everything, and great service. Only challenge is noise level when it gets busy.

TK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was perfect for our group of 7 to celebrate a birthday. Location, ambiance, service and food were terrific. Ben was a very attentive server who provided just the right amount of interaction. The menu was ideal for our group, who have a variety of food restrictions (gluten, carbs, allergies) and everyone loved their dishes. Would definitely go back.

s
New England
61 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Met up with old friend and they gave us a nice corner banquette so we had some quiet and privacy. Nice varied menu for all appetites.

JR
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, friendly service and good home cooking

MW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious.
The room was very loud though. Would go back for sure.

BE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere & energy. Great service. Good food. Good cocktails. All around, a great experience.

GC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to go with friends. Service is very friendly and tasty meals, though servings are a bit small. Still I would totally recommend it.

VY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, very accommodating staff, amazing location, good pricing. Highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and awesome fun cocktails. Really loud though!

LM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Food was excellent service was great and the bonus was the club downstairs

AR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Visited NYC for my birthday and went here. The location and ambience was good although it was a little loud and the tables were quite cramped. The drinks were great! And the food was good as well! I ordered the crab melt and my boyfriend had the burger, both good and plenty of food. Would visit again!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Would have been acceptable if the service wasn’t so bad.

MP
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Noise level was ear-splittingly loud. Truly could not hear myself think. The food was fine but not great. I would not recommend this place mainly because it takes “energetic” (aka. loud) to an extreme.

S
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Restaurante con ambiente agradable y comida y servicio correctos.

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RA
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Disappointed. This was recommended as a fun spot for dinner that was a little more on the 'affordable' spectrum. It was more on the 'boring' spectrum. Not bad, just boring.

I expected a calmer, quieter evening since it was later on a Sunday night, but the place was almost dead. The wine selection was horrible and its clear our waiter knew nothing about the wines by the glass because I did not want a sweet white, and what I got was sugar-water. The fish tacos were good and the meatloaf was OK -- but that was about it.

Our waiter did what he could with what he had to work with -- but the food was just basic at best.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great! Drinks are solid.

KE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group had a lovely time. We were taken great care of, and we all very much enjoyed our meals and drinks.

d
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Vibrant crowd, friendly service, diverse menu
and delicious food.

JH
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice service and a very large menu! The chicken fried chicken was really good!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good service. OK food. A bit too noisy.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Got there for a friends birthday. Staff was really nice and flexible even tho they were swamped. Great experience and good food

EB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

DON"T COME HERE TO CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY UNLESS YOU'RE TURNING 55! I was disappointment that the restaurant and our waitress did not accommodate us in celebrating my daughter's birthday. When I made reservations on line, I filled out the part that asked if it was any special occasion, explaining it was my daughter's 21 birthday. When we got to the restaurant, I gave them our name and said this is for my daughter's 21st birthday. Then when the waitress came to ask us for our drink order, I told her that this was my daughter's birthday and she ordered a drink which the waitress then congratulated her and CARDED her. While having our meal, our same waitress delivered a lovely birthday dessert with a lite candle to another table close by and everyone celebrated his birthday. After we were done with our dinners, the waitress asked if we would like to see the dessert menu, we said yes. She brought out the dessert menu's, we order's TWO desserts and then some guy who did not serve us all evening just came out and plopped the desserts on the table with no comment at all. I was heart broken. We just witnessed what the restaurant will do for someone's birthday and for us it was here's you desserts, extra spoons and that's it. Thank you so much for making her birthday unforgettable....but in a bad way.

BA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved a table for brunch, but underestimating NY travel time arrived late and was more a lunch. The staff was accommodating and looked after us very well. Our waiter was amazing and the food delicious! I would definitely go back to elmo every time I am in NY!

BG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We were a party of 6, with several of us having some dietary issues requiring several plates being revamped. Nothing was a problem. Nothing seemed to bother our attentive and unflappable waitress. And everything arrived as requested from the kitchen.

I will say our appetizers and desserts were better than our entrees, which weren’t bad, just a bit bland.

The ambience was very casual with some diners dressed nicely and others in athletic t’s and shorts. We were in Chelsea so those in the sparser clothing had nice bodies to display. Everyone seemed laid back and friendly.

We were there celebrating three birthdays and everyone had a very good time.

MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'd say that chosing a restaurant for a big group presents several challenges: varied likes/dislikes, space for all, well timed food delivery, etc. Every dish was delicious, the cocktail s did not disappoint and our waiter was fantastic.

SP
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Elmo's was actually recommended to me by a dear friend. Because my friends and I travelled in from Florida and DC, I figured I would give it a try. The staff was very friendly and the food was dynamite. We ordered the Lobster Mac N Cheese, Mussels, Popcorn shrimp (really regular size), Summer Corn Chowder and Cobb Salad. I made reservations using Open Table and we were seated immediately. The restaurant also offers sideway seating. I would definitely dine here again.

KE
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing. I loved the outdoor seating. Andy was super accommodating!!

p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great lunch for 4 in the big corner round booth. Food was great, large portions done well. My friends loved it too.

OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was pleasantly surprised here. Food was good and service was on it. Well done

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Extremely mediocre food, although it was pretty cheap

SJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great. Servers were more interested in strutting their stuff around the restaurant than getting us more drinks. Very noisy so it was very hard to have a conversation.