elmo

4.6
759 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 759 people are saying
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vipJerry3
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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vipJasonS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! All the staff were great!

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jenareva
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
2 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and vibe. Get the fries.

MB
vipMichaelB
New York Area
29 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
79 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.

JA
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
30 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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vipgast
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Mike
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandon made the experience amazing

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vipJenniferD
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved this place and will definitely go back!

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VincentO
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The atmosphere is atmosphere is very upbeat

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vipNYCAFoodie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

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.

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AlanC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

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vipPaul
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Inside way too loud! Outside nice. Food great.

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StanleyGW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Reliable and affordable, despite the noise.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Alaina
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipVVSS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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.

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vipMichaelB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I so love the vibe at this restaurant. Great food and generous drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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.

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ToryB
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and nice atmosphere. Beautiful people working there too 🤩

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 759 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.