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Blue Elm - 14 Reviews - 198 Orchard St, New York, NY - Local Favorite Reviews - Phone (212) 777-7733

Blue Elm

198 Orchard St (at East Houston Street)
New York, NY 10002
(212) 777-7733
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Very inventive asian fusion with flavors you wouldn't expect to find that work really well and are a very pleasant surprise. We had a fish dish that has moroccan flavors alongside...


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Very inventive fusion 12/7/2009

Very inventive asian fusion with flavors you wouldn't expect to find that work really well and are a very pleasant surprise. We had a fish dish that has moroccan flavors alongside sushi and spicy tuna pizza. It was all delicious and the drinks were great too! The food was very reasonable and the drinks were typical NYC prices. Pros: Excellent food, good prices more

Yum yum and more yum 9/28/2009

My boyfriend and I were wandering around the LES today, and as it had started to rain, we decided to pop into this restaurant for a few drinks. (The Ginger Sake Lemonade is marvelous, although I wasn't a huge fan of the large ginger chunks and lemon seeds that made their way up my straw.) We had the tomato salad- fresh and crisp (but that's an uncomplicated salad, so couldn't expect anything less), the beef spring roll- VERY tasty (the real standout feature of this dish is the dipping sauces- a sweeter brown one drizzled over the plate and a spicier creamy one on the side), and the pan-seared scallops- melt-in-your-mouth (the textures were great and the scallops were perfect, ) The servers were very friendly and attentive, and as other people have mentioned, the space was very cosy (nice for us two ;). Will definitely be going back, with girlfriends next time! Pros: Great fusion on the menu Cons: Picking just one dish! more

Best of All Worlds 9/21/2009

Wow! Thats all I have to say! Everything we had was out of this world.... melting in my mouth! We shared the kobe beef spring roll, yucca crusted salmon, and the pan-seared scallops. My last double espresso martini topped the night off! Unique food, delicious martini's, and amazing decor. Everything was perfect! Pros: Ambience, Service, Cuisine more

Blue Elm has it all-ambiance, delicious food, & great crowd 9/21/2009

I went opening night to Blue Elm with a friend. We especially loved the kobe beef spring roll-I've never had such a thing and it was mouth-watering! They also have great cocktails with ingredients such as ginger and cucumber. I was impressed to see a menu with both sushi, steak and african delicacies. The Chef, Malik Fall is hands on in the kitchen while visiting tables throughout the night. Blue Elm has great ambiance, food, service & decor -i have already recommended it to many people and will surely return soon! Pros: service-attentive, charismatic & professional, Food-Amazing! Cons: small space-intimate, yet may have a wait more

Great new restaurant in lower east side 9/20/2009

the Lemonade sake cocktail was a great way to start our experience at Blue Elm and it just got better from there. One dish was better than the next. I highly recommend the soft shell crab roll, mushroom with crabmeat, and the scallops. Service was wonderful too. Loved it! Pros: delicious food & cocktails more

very good experience 9/19/2009

when to blue elm last night with some friends ..we where very happy .the service was exellent and the food was delicious.\r the wine pairind allowed us to discover some interesting combination..Was a very good experience .. will go again Pros: food and service more

simply amazing 9/19/2009

i have been following chef MALIK'S food for a while ( asia de cuba , china grill, nolia , boucarou ....) and i never had a bad meal .. just a genuis ..the combination of flavors , seasoning from differents cultures he put on the plate is just incredible.Also is food is always fresh .. one of the best sushi i had in nyc .keep the good work chef ..see u soon Pros: food / vibe / decor / music more

My new favorite! 9/18/2009

I absolutely love everything about this place. It has a very warm and inviting decor (soft lighting, ladies ;)) with natural wood accents and exposed brick. The space is small and cozy- perfect for an intimate dinner. I came here with a couple of girlfriends for their opening night and we all agreed that we have high hopes for the place. I've had Chef Malik's food before, and he continues the great tradition. As always, the sushi was fresh and unique and beautifully plated. The rosemary truffle fries are still one of my favorites. All in all, it was a great experience, and I will definitely be a frequent visitor. Pros: Great presentation, fresh, flavorful Cons: small ""cozy"" more

A Dining Experience 9/17/2009

Sometimes a restaurant is all about the ambiance or the scene and sometimes its all about the food. Blue Elm has it all. Eating there is an experience. Every dish is practically emotional because the combination of flavors and presentation are just so beautiful. Because we had such a large party we practically had a sampling of the entire menu. And although I truly loved everything (ie.. the truffle dusted salad, the soft shell crab, the scallops!) The biggest surprise of the night was the sushi and sashimi! I mean are you kidding me .. it was better than any Japanese place around here. Basically ... if you want a dining Experience .. go here. I simply love it! Pros: The food! Cons: none I can think of more

hottest new restaurant on the LES 9/17/2009

beautiful restaurant, great location, and the food was amazing. perfect for ordering several dishes and sharing them with your group. the chef made the whole night a perfect experience when he came out to ensure we were enjoying our choices. will definitely be going back again and again! more

Very good Food and Service 9/16/2009

everything about the evening at Blue Elm was perfect.\r From the welcoming Waitstaff, the Amazing food ( Kobe spring Roll , halibut ..) ,to the wait between courses, the vibe and the decor.\r An amazing dinning experience Pros: everything more

romantic, cozy restaurant 9/14/2009

if you are looking for exellent , orgsmc food, visit BLUE ELM.. when last night for a cocktail partie.. the food is exellent and the service is of the best in ny.. Pros: the food Cons: n/a more

simply amazing 9/14/2009

i got invited at Blue Elm last night at there opening partie.. to tell u , I WAS IMPRESS ..THE FOOD AND THE DECOR WAS JUST AMAZING . the best sushi i ever had. will go back Pros: food , cocktails, vibe , music more

Great drinks and appetizer for the right price 9/13/2009

The martini's at Blue Elm are to die for. The pomegranate martini seemed to be a favorite at the bar when i walked, in so I had to try it. I was pleasantly surprised by the burst of flavor. \r \r The appetizers were equally delicious. As one of my friends put it, the shrimp dumpling was or# gasmic.\r \r Blue ELM has a very cozy ambiance, drinks were great, food was even better. Pros: Best pomegranate martini more
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  • Following the success of his sandwich shop, BaoHaus, Eddie Huang wanted his second restaurant to showcase his interpretation of Taiwanese classics in a larger, sit-down space with a full bar. Although the community board required that he change the original name (CrackHaus) to something more demure, everything else about Xiao Ye is largely as he envisioned. Plates come in three sizes: small (noodles, fries), medium (fried chicken, pork belly) and big (country fried steak with gravy, half chicken with rice). The decor resembles a night market in Taiwan, with black tables, mostly black walls and colorful cubes that double as seats. Plus, the name’s not all that prim: Huang has claimed that xiao ye, or street food, really translates as “booty-call food.”

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Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Thu 5pm-12am Fri-Sat 5pm-2am
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Master Card, Cash
  • Neighborhoods:

    Lower East Side, Downtown