::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
Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich
chipotle aioli, cole slaw
NY Strip Steak Sandwich
grilled red onions, baby arugula, grain mustard
mashed potato, sauteed green beans, demiglace
This is the place to eat . One word best describes Elmo ………….energy .
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.
My Partners birthday. We had an amazing dinner!
Our experience server Gabriel was amazing and attentive. The food is always on point and delicious.
Nice place and very welcoming team.
One of my favorite restaurants, great ambiance and food. Amazing drinks.
Always a good time and a good meal here. Great people watching.
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.
Traveling with friend & wanted to ck out a gay friendly restaurant.
The clientele is changing. The service was ok. Food and drinks were great.
Overall outstanding fare & service However, if you dine outside, your conversation will be in competition with the NYC subway system
Great experience! All the staff were great!
We enjoyed a family dinner with our adult children. Loved the watermelon martini! In general the experience was very good!
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.
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!
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
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.
Great experience. Comfortable outdoor seating. Food was excellent. Salmon, steak sandwich, burger, sweet potato fries, and salad all prepared as ordered and DELICIOUS!
Amazing find! The food and drinks were top notch! Indoor decor, lighting and atmosphere are fantastic.
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.
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 768 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.