elmo

4.6
674 Reviews
$30 and under
American
::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
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 674 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
service
4.6
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Elmo is always a great time. Great food, great drinks and friendly staff keep me coming back.

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vipBryanL
Houston
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with friends fell out of town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We were running a bit late but called ahead and were graciously seated with no problem. The food came out very quickly, which is a plus. But the drinks took awhile.... And neither the food nor drinks were as tasty as I remember from years ago. But the venue is energetic and fun, and not too noisy. It feels like a cool neighborhood spot.

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JeffD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience and I've been going there for years!

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vipFrancophile
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gabriel, our server, was excellent.

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vipWilliam
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood favorite!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was excellent on all fronts?

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vivi
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere! I got the salmon and watermelon martini and would highly recommend both. Would definitely come here again!

elmo
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your kind words and we hope to take care of you again soon. elmo

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marias
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had an amazing night. Waiter was so attentive and the food was great.

JA
JA1280
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Best staff

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vipMeghanM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was good. The service was not good. They messed up our order and asked if we "happened" to get our food.

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vipCynthiamcintyre
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The quac and chips fell flat as the service was about two tablespoons! The flatbread was good and the burger was ok. Skip if you are a wine drinker - only wines available are house wines. Waiter was not attentive and seemed bothered to be waiting on us.

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Ryan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were great here. We definitely drank and ate well and didn't break the bank. Michael our server was FANTASTIC!

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vipGAFNYC
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem. Best cocktails. Food is yummy. Service is awesome. And wonderfully diverse crowd.

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ClaireD
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Elmo was fab! Felt very Covid safe and cool. Food was good but not spectacular. Overall we’d go back!!

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vipPatrick1NY
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The restaurant was freezing, the waitress had to take care of of too many tables and the food was just Ok.

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vipBryanL
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was incredible. Food was delicious. The ambiance and clientele were fun and diverse.

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AmyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very cute trendy place ...good food and good value!

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HelenL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really needed an outdoor table, and the restaurant staff really went out of their way to accommodate our party. We were so grateful for their hospitality and flexibility when the restuarant was so busy. We really love Elmo's and are happy that they are back!

elmo
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thank you for your kind words and we hope to take care of you again soon. elmo

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice staff and atmosphere. Food and drinks were pretty good and well priced. Would come again.

elmo
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thank you for your kind words and we hope to take care of you again soon. elmo

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GregoryM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful night! I am so happy this restaurant survived the pandemic!! The hostess, the waiter (Brandon), the food, the energy of the place all contributed to a very nice evening. Thank you to all who work there!

elmo
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thank you for your kind words and we hope to take care of you again soon. We will pass the message onto Brandon as well! elmo

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vipSSAC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My host and waiter were incredibly nice and accommodating and that made the experience all the more enjoyable.

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MichaelO
New England
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I came here with my girlfriend, really busy place you may see your server twice over the entire time you’re there. I went there for dinner, my burger was undercooked. Cheap place if you’re looking for something quick but the food should be priced cheaper for what it was.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An atmosphere that is open to all. All of the staff is welcoming and can become you’re friends/family. So, the meatloaf is back!

elmo
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for your kind words and we hope to take care of you again soon. elmo

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best always!thank you!!

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vipcamnyc
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

delicious frozen margaritas, salmon entree tasty, truffle fries tasty

MP
vipMaxParamount
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem, great casual food, and friendly staff and patrons!

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vipGreekGormand
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad that Elmo is back. Staff more professional than ever.... food consistently very good. Go and have a special evening out.

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Ebeats809
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good, though favorite classic dishes had been removed from the menu. server was a bit flighty. manager was sitting at table near us, stopped what he was doing and got us fresh drinks- that was much appreciated.

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vipMarcosS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

100% in compliance with Covid norms. Everything perfect! My favorite restaurant in the city!

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AntonioT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Great people! Great food! I love this place!

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vipDemetreD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fav restaurant in Chelsea

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vipCKAB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent and the food is always good quality.

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BobS
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I really enjoyed the service at Elmo. It was attentive but not intrusive. The food was very good. I had the crab melt and it was delicious. The fries were thin and crispy--yum! My main objection was the noise. I expected the vibe to be chill, but the music was so loud that it made conversation at my table very difficult. It severely limited my enjoyment of my meal.

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vipAnnM
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

food was great. service/waitress ruined the experience unfortunately

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Kimmie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I took two staff for a celebratory team brunch. Service was great and food was on point. I especially enjoyed my apple crumble. 😉

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vipFrequentdiner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

friendly, attentive service and solid food if you are in area

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love elmo and great service!

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StefanieK
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food in a beautiful setting. Very enjoyable dining experience- I’ll definitely be going back frequently.

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 674 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.