elmo

4.6
776 Reviews
$30 and under
American
::In accordance with the NY State Mandate we require proof of vaccination against Covid-19 for all indoor dining::

::We will always do our very best to accommodate special requests. However, please understand that we cannot guarantee patio seating.::

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 776 people are saying
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HowardC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elmo is a great place to meet for a relaxing lunch.

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vipRonny
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Professional and attentive service. Quality food good presentation. Music too loud

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BklynScott
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The food was good. The service was great... great drinks. We were pleased all around. Love that this is a LGBTQ+ friendly place, too.

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vipAlexM
New England
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was truly the best food we have had in nyc in a long time. So good. The service was great. Everyone was so nice. Thank you for a great night!

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vipJohn
Fort Lauderdale
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have been to Elmo’s many times. The food and drinks are always good and it’s a good atmosphere. I suggested Elmo’s for a lunch reunion with a friend I hadn’t seen in 2 years due to the pandemic. She had never been there.

We started with a bottle of Prosecco and then shared the appetizer sampler. We chose the chicken wings, roasted Brussel sprouts and the friend calamari. Each was tasty and it was a generous serving of each. We then shared the chocolate fudge brownie with ice cream.

Our server was friendly. We had a leisurely lunch with time to catch up. It was a perfect place to have our reunion.

You need to show ID and proof of COVID vaccination.

I will be going back with a larger group fir Sunday brunch. Unfortunately, they don’t take reservations for Sunday brunch.


were getting together after almost 2 years

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viprobyns
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love elmo so much... Wish they had other locations thruout the city!

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GeoffreyR
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elmo is a lovely restaurant. I pretty much enjoy it every time I go. The salmon BLT is great. Likewise the cobb salad. The tomato soup is wonderful, although I preferred it back in the day when they garnished it with a quarter of a grilled cheese sandwich. But that's a minor quibble.

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StanleyGW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and excellent, friendly service. Perfect for a Sunday night dinner!

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Jamesey
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the place to eat . One word best describes Elmo ………….energy .

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vipJackie
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was basically good, except the waitress lost interest once we got our food. I would have liked to be asked about desert, or perhaps another drink.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Partners birthday. We had an amazing dinner!

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vipAlanL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience server Gabriel was amazing and attentive. The food is always on point and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice place and very welcoming team.

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vipMichaelB
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants, great ambiance and food. Amazing drinks.

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DanielD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time and a good meal here. Great people watching.

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NinaK
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best. The menu has something for everyone. The pace of the night was perfect. Our waiter was friendly and very helpful with suggestions. Our drinks were festive, our food was delish, and it was a perfect night.

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vipJerry3
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Traveling with friend & wanted to ck out a gay friendly restaurant.

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vipJasonS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The clientele is changing. The service was ok. Food and drinks were great.

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RichardP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall outstanding fare & service However, if you dine outside, your conversation will be in competition with the NYC subway system

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vipEric
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! All the staff were great!

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jenareva
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We enjoyed a family dinner with our adult children. Loved the watermelon martini! In general the experience was very good!

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SeanB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Elmos is a good go to upscale diner. The drinks are always tasty and strong. The food quality is usually good. The crowd tends to be jovial, upbeat and fun. The ambience inside is nice. Outside seating is great for some people watching.

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vipPatsFanNYC
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sitting outside was nice but the sound of the subway every few minutes was a bit challenging. Will sit inside next time. Always love Elmo!

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LennieV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience

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JackD
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every time I’ve gone to Elmo it is always a great time. After not being there for over 2 years it felt just like before. The staff is friendly while still remaining very professional. They knew when to come by and when to leave us to ourselves. Food was great but I believe the Calamari was a little over done but my pasta was incredible as well as my partner’s tuna tartare and salmon were perfect I’m glad that Elmo restaurant is still open and serving the same quality all around.

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vipVincentY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, lively staff who clearly love their jobs - which reflects in the attentive, and extremely personable service that they all provide. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is posh yet homey. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service was extremely slow. Our second drink orders never came even though we reminded the waiter couple times. Food was tasty but can’t say the same thing for the service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was inedible and our waiter was very condescending. After our waiter forgot one of our entrees we decided not to ask for it again because it likely would have been as equally gross as our appetizers and other main. I am not easily disappointed but this was not a pleasant experience.

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cctvme
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Comfortable outdoor seating. Food was excellent. Salmon, steak sandwich, burger, sweet potato fries, and salad all prepared as ordered and DELICIOUS!

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KristaN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing find! The food and drinks were top notch! Indoor decor, lighting and atmosphere are fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and vibe. Get the fries.

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vipMichaelB
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great drinks and food. Love the atmosphere.

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vipEmilyK
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We dined at elmo tonight and were surprised by our less than stellar experience after reading other reviews. We had one waitress to start with and she was wonderful! Extremely attentive and helpful, always seemed to be at our table at the right moment when we were ready to order or when we needed a refill on cocktails. At 9:00pm on the dot it seemed like the entire restaurant changed. Our waitress finished her shift it seemed, as she disappeared and never returned. One male waiter in very short shorts visited our table once at 9:00 and then did not return until we finally flagged him down after nearly 40 minutes of trying to. I'm not sure if it's because we were seated in a booth in the back corner of the restaurant, or if it was because we were the only table that wasn't male only at that point in the night, but we could not get any server or busser to even look in our direction despite sitting there with empty drinks and plates for 40 minutes. We initially planned to get another round of drinks and dessert, but this shift in service changed our minds, and we chose to leave instead for fear that ordering more would keep us there the rest of the night.

We were also seated next to two gentlemen who were complaining about how the female waitress from earlier was unprofessionally dressed and was not attentive (neither of which were true), yet they had no problem with the booty shorts and bdsm style gag chokers that the male servers were wearing.

The food and drinks were great but come early enough to leave by 9:00 unless you are male, I suppose.

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vipLadyJ
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and really fun friendly vibe. I look forward to returning

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Karen
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved Elmo's. I had never been before and it was absolutely perfect.
The wait staff was superb, the food was delicious and reasonable, the wine was a good pour and reasonably priced, and the place is great looking.
I look forward to going back. Only complaint is that it was a bit noisy, but after COVID it's so nice to see life back in the city.

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vipJosephAK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elmo is my happy place. I've been going there for 16 or 17 years and it's always been reliably awesome! It's got a great gay vibe, the food is great, the service is excellent. It's by far my favorite restaurant in NYC.

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vipIanL
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Great staples from the kitchen and the bar.

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vipEmilyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. We sat outside so it was a bit noisy but overall excellent

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vipChrisP
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, great energy & great night out :)

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MaryaG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a lovely time. The food was very tasty, and Michael took excellent care of us.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from elmo using the Order Online button. elmo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 337-8000.

elmo is rated 4.6 stars by 776 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.