156 Seventh Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 19th St.
By Toonguy121 on 7/19/2012
Elmo's was never strictly about the food. As other reviewers have noted, it's as much about the ambiance, handsome waitstaff, and the attractive crowd. But the food used to be better. Last night I ordered the Grilled Pork Chop, supposedly served over "charred jersey corn and sticky rice with peach and nectarine compote," and a chop arrived over a tremendous mountain of rice infused with tiny bits of corn and fruit. Very misleading menu description. If I ever go back, I'm going to stick to ordering burgers there from now on; the simpler the better.
By dignell on 8/18/2009
When you first walk by elmo, you might think the large RESTAURANT sign is a farce, given the presence of a dj, a usually sizeable (gay) crowd at the bar, and the bubbly, beautiful people laughing and imbibing pink drinks. You would be forgiven for such an oversight, as elmo is much more lounge like in both manner and flavor. The food is mediocre: my penne pasta on one occasion was not quite al dente, and my chicken tacos on another were overcooked. The food is an afterthought. Which is entirely the point. Servers are effervescent, if not gorgeous, and the crowd invites you to play the part of a Manhattan socialite, if only for a night. Just don't come hungry.
By tigrknot on 12/29/2008
Pros: Good food, huge space, nice staff, decent prices. Cons: Noisy, noisy, noisy I would recommend this place.
By adem87 on 7/23/2008
I found elmo online and went there on a first date. I was expecting pretentious and expensive but was delightfully suprised with the food, service and price. This is a great place for a casual dinner or just drinks. It may come off as a little too trendy to some, but its much better then its hipster neighbor, cafeteria.
By bellagirl160 on 6/3/2008
Everytime I think of this place I'm reminded of drunken sunday brunches with the girls. You escape Manhattan and are transformed to Miami with great drinks, hot waiters (of course they are gay but still fun eye candy and so fun to talk to), and pretty good food. I will be coming here for years to come with the girlfriends for scandalous stories from the night before until I am forced to leave the city, move to suburbia, and become a Range Rovered soccer mom.
By rwp05 on 10/10/2006
I couldn't figure out these negative reviews then I realised they were written in 2004! If they were true then, Elmo has to win the award for Best Improved in NY. Four of us had a great time. Yes, the music can be loud on the weekend but the vibe was great and incredibly friendly, the staff has to be the most beautiful and nicest in town and the food was a genuinely tasty (smoe of it actualy fantastic) and priced way within our budget. Really fun bar scene as well. We'd go back in a flash.
By Gnewey on 3/21/2005
Loud club music and food just don't do well together. The waiters are obviously hired for their looks, either uninterested in serving food or just plain forced enthusiasm. The food was way mediocre. I had the house salad (overly greasy in oil) and the fried chicken, dry. For a $20 main course, I expect real napkins not school-cafeteria-grade papers.
By suvariboy on 9/27/2004
We blew into town, checked into our hotel, walked around the corner, down the street and found an oasis called ELMO. It was a busy Saturday afternoon and we got the last table. We ordered some wine and waited a long time for our dried-out turkey burgers...all the while listening to boys beside us (very close - tables tight together) complain about their meals to their unaffected server. We ordered more wine, took in the surroundings and thanked ELMO for just being. We had a great time!
By mgauth3 on 6/20/2004
Take a look at the decor, but by all means, go eat elsewhere. It didn't help that our waiter was flaky and service very slow despite many empty tables. The brunch food didn't live up to descriptions on the menu at all which was disappointing and it tasted like nothing special. Boring overdone eggs as a fake Mexican breakfast, barely any salsa, and toast was extra! Don't need to return, would rather have to wait in line and get a real meal.
By willtown on 3/15/2004
This place has never been good for more ambitious items on the menu, but used to have great upscale diner fare making it worth the visit - however, no more! Portions are now tiny. Fried chicken that used to be big, yummy & buttermilk basted, is now not much more a few measly dry bones. My meal was $52 incl. tip, and I left unsatisfied & hungry!