::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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
Chicken Fried Chicken
sauteed green beans, classic gravy, mashed potato
mashed potato, sauteed green beans, demiglace
grass fed beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, brioche bun
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.
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!
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
Great experience. Comfortable outdoor seating. Food was excellent. Salmon, steak sandwich, burger, sweet potato fries, and salad all prepared as ordered and DELICIOUS!
Great food and vibe. Get the fries.
As always, great drinks and food. Love the atmosphere.
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.
Great experience and really fun friendly vibe. I look forward to returning
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.
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.
Great staples from the kitchen and the bar.
Excellent food and service. We sat outside so it was a bit noisy but overall excellent
Great dinner, great energy & great night out :)
My friend and I had a lovely time. The food was very tasty, and Michael took excellent care of us.
Careful sitting outside, the outdoor seating is right next to a subway grate which means noise and occasional weird, noxious garbage smells. But the staff were super accommodating about moving us inside, food was delicious (the big salads rule) and service was excellent!
The Elmo employees are unfailingly kind, professional and welcoming. The entrees are reasonably priced and delicious. The customers of Elmo create an all-are-welcome vibe.
Brandon made the experience amazing
Loved this place and will definitely go back!
Excellent food and service. The atmosphere is atmosphere is very upbeat
We had the nest server named Sam. Our food was good & the entrees were very late in coming but we couldn't get mad at Sam. He was a doll.
Great energy & eye candy.
We love Elmo’s and cheerfully support them whenever we’re in NYC. Gabriel our server and all the staff were attentive, helpful and personable AND all super handsome! The space is well planned and has an excellent traffic flow (unlike many NY restaurants), and the patrons seemed to be a mix of regulars at the bar and all ages of happy diners. Go and support this terrific eatery!
The food is really good here and it’s a great value. Had great service too. Unfortunately, both inside and outside the restaurant it’s very loud. It doesn’t matter where you sit, because if you’re outside you’ll hear the subway and if you’re inside the noise is pretty loud. If you don’t mind that, you’ll enjoy it. Delicious cocktails too.
Inside way too loud! Outside nice. Food great.
Reliable and affordable, despite the noise.
Always a nice time! Slight food mixup and the tomatoes in my salad weren’t super fresh, but our server was wonderful and the ambiance was great, as always.
Overall awesome experience - Food was so fresh and delicious! Service just the right pace and temperament! Atmosphere great mid century modern comfort vibe! Elmo will be one of my regulars! Highly recommend.
So happy we chose Elmo for our birthday dinner out! My mom and I were looking for a fun place with great atmosphere and yummy food! We were well taken care of and the food was on par! Will absolutely be recommending and plan to be back!
Thoroughly disappointed by the food and the service. We asked the server a question about their wine bottles, and he literally said he has no clue. We asked if he could ask someone else (since we were ordering a bottle), and he said that no one knows. I’ve never had that experience in any restaurant. Also, the grain bowl was bone dry. Will not be coming back.
I so love the vibe at this restaurant. Great food and generous drinks.
The food wasn’t up to par. WE’re eaten there many, many times and the food was always great. But NOT last night. Was very disappointed. Was my husbands retirement party with friends, so was a let down.
Good food and nice atmosphere. Beautiful people working there too 🤩
We had a last minute issue with number of guests and the manager resolved it before I could even finish the sentence. It was him, the waiter and the guy training with the waiter that really made the event a huge success. Thank you ,
The waitstaff was very friendly and all smiles :) we even asked for shopping directions and they promptly gave us tons of suggestions. Def will return when I am in town
Great way to start off pride weekend. Staff great as always.
We went there for my mom’s birthday & had an amazing time!
Elmo is a neighborhood favorite. Consistently good service and food with a fun atmosphere. Great place for a group or date. I would definitely recommend.
Deicious food, good service, and fun atmosphere
It’s so loud in there even sitting inside you have to and walk outside that sound there is so loud
Fun place with great ambiance. Mostly comfort food, but very tasty. drinks were great too!
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 751 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.