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Elmo - 86 Reviews - 156 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 337-8000



156 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011
New York, NY 10011

(212) 337-8000
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I love this restaurant. The staff if always friendly, and the food and drinks are alwaysgreat. It's a great place for lunch too, with outside dining. The atmosphere is excellent a...


All I have to say is that looks can be very decieving!!! The place looked great but it was the worst dining experience that I have ever had. The drinks had NO alcohol, the service...

Great restaurant 8/14/2011

I love this restaurant. The staff if always friendly, and the food and drinks are alwaysgreat. It's a great place for lunch too, with outside dining. The atmosphere is excellent also. more

Great Scene! 9/12/2010

Elmo was suggested to me by some friends that I met while on a solo vacation in NYC. From the time I entered the place I had a smile on my face. The drinks were wonderful and the Scallops were out of this world. The manager took time to come and sit at my table and tell me other places to go during my stay. The crowd was as beautiful as the food and drinks and by just going there I felt special! more

A fun night! 7/2/2010

Had a great dinner with friends here tonight. The service was good but the truffle fries and mac 'n' cheese were even better. Yum!!! Elmo's has a party atmosphere and can sometimes be too loud but overall it's a fun place. :-) Pros: Reservations Cons: Too Loud more

Food is okay, not great 3/22/2010

We stopped here for lunch over a beautiful weekend. We were seated quickly but to wait a long time for someone to take our order. We asked for napkins but never got them. After we ordered, someone began mopping the floor behind us and was using a really strong-smelling cleanser. While obviously a restaurant needs to keep clean and has to mop, we thought it was odd that they were doing this in the middle of a really busy lunch and using something that smelled so overpowering Everyone at the tables next to us was annoyed and said so, and someone even said something to the host, but he was rude in response. The food was fine, but not great. Pros: Location, fun atmosphere Cons: Inattentive, rude service more

Fun place for cocktails and drinks 2/25/2010

I always have the goat cheese and spinach omlette here because it is unbelievable! The food is always cooked to perfection. The tomato soup with grilled cheese is another favorite of mine. It's inexpensive and the staff is friendly. In the summer I recommend sitting at the outdoor tables to people watch on 7th Avenue. This is the kind of place that is appropriate for lunch and also for late-night drinks. Pros: Excellent Food more

meat-packing district-y 10/6/2009

My boyfriend and I went to the restaurant around 10 pm on a Friday night. Although it was a cool night, we decided to sit outside because the music inside was absolutely blaring. I can't imagine being able to hold a conversation inside. We each got an appetizer and dessert. The food was pretty straight forward - we got what we ordered and it tasted as we expected it to. The staff was kind and the service was average paced. Overall, it wasn't a bad experience, but it wasn't a memorable one either. Cons: LOUD more

So annoying. What happened to this place?? 9/18/2009

Yes, the food is great - no question there. But we went last night -- a pretty mild evening in NYC weather-wise -- and there was no A/C on, no fans, nothing. The entire restaurant was hot and still with no air circulation at all. We met there at 7pm for dinner, and apparently that's when the DJ starts? It was so f'ing loud that, sitting NEXT TO EACH OTHER, we still couldn't hear each other speak. Imagine you're having a lovely dinner at Twilo. Cuz that's what it was like. I've been going to this place since it was Claire's, but not anymore -- it was a really irritating experience, and with poor service to boot. Pros: Great food Cons: No A/C, and a really loud DJ. more


This place had crazy drunk people running all over the place while we were trying to eat! The art on the wall is funny to look at so it caught our eye and went in. Our waiter was so slow and having fun, but my party wasnt. Our food took forever and the chicken was dry and calimari was like rubber. I will never go back to this place again. Pros: No Wait, We were seated right away! Cons: Food was VERY BAD, Music was too loud more

Great Fries! 3/4/2009

my buddys and I went for lunch yesterday! the truffle fries are pretty amazing. my sandwich the chicken was kind of dry but the fries were great! The waiters were so cute too! Not great service but very friendly! My drink was yummy too although a bit pricey. Pros: great truffle fries Cons: average service more


I went to Elmo for brunch on Sunday. It was terrible! The silverware was dirty, the food was really bad! My burger was aweful and my boyfriends eggs were dry and tasted like ""vinegar"" he said. The drinks are expensive and every other brunch spot at least gives you unlimited mamosa's. My Vodka and Mix ""mary"" tasted like a taco mix. GROSS! Cons: Gross Food! Very LOUD! more

Yummy 2/18/2009

Good ambiance and excellent menu selection. Drinks are strong but a little overpriced. The crowd can be a bit loud and annoying so definitely don't go on a first date unless you don't wanna talk to your date :) The Steak Frites is excellent as is the Mac & Cheese (although not as good as Cafeteria) Pros: Stiff Drinks Cons: Over Priced more

OK GUYS JUNK FOOD! 2/15/2009

I went to Elmo with my friends tonight for dinner. The service is ok if you dont mind prancing theater queens, but each of us hated our food! The turkey burger was DRY, the salmon was fishy, and the appitzers were not better than fries from the bodega! My boyfriend got the chocolate cake, from a box. mmm mmm good! Not to mention its too loud. Id rather have yummy mac and cheese from ate ave! Pros: Easy to get a seat. Cons: food is bad! more

Delicious Food 2/11/2009

This has become one of my favorite spots...great tasty food, desserts, and drinks! Very friendly waiters, nice atmosphere, and very nicely decorated. The mac and cheese is awesome! (just when I didnt think anything could beat the one in Cafeteria). And the key lime pie is to die for...I highly recommend this place. Always have a good time with my friends here. Pros: Food, drinks, good service more


ELMO IS A DUMP... Over priced and terrible tasting food! The staff is friendly, the art is horriffic and the food is the worst. If you are looking for a gay joint, then pile in! Because the only thing you will be served is a homo-tude. Dont ge tme wrong I love a gay man, but when I want food, Elmo will be my last stop. McDonalds makes a better burger! And if I have to look at bad art, I can go to the childrens museum. Pros: very loud music< pretty hostess Cons: terrible food more

Sorry to see it go downhill 6/25/2008

I have been patronizing Elmo for about 6 years. The food has always been tasty and it was a great place to have a casual business lunch. Unfortunately, it has changed...the last two times I went there for lunch I was appalled by the lack of service. On one occasion we were ignored by our waiter for 30 mins...on the second we were ignored by the host for 15. He was 'arranging' flatware on a table in the back and never came to seat us. The various servers all took note of us standing at the front of the restaurant, but never asked us if we would like a is a shame because I enjoyed the place. more

surprisingly disappointed - don't remember the last time I had such bad service. 5/12/2008

I had been to Elmo for dinner about a dozen times. I always enjoyed my food and had good service. I took a friend for brunch in April. To my disappointment, we saw our waitress twice - once to take our order and once to bring us the check, which we hadn't requested. (and it wasn't busy at the time we were there.) The food was great and my girlfriend and I were looking forward to a drink or 2 after brunch. (We wanted to eat first, before drinking.) I was so disgusted when she brought our check. I paid the check and took my business elsewhere. more

horrible food and bad service 4/21/2008

I ordered seseme crusted tuna and seaweed for lunch and I ordered tuna rare. The tuna was totally overcooked and the entire dish was incrediably salty. the wait service was bad and kept giving me the wrong thing. they even packed wrong food for me to go.... I wouldn't go there again or recommend anyone to go there... the only good thing was the host was very friendly... but the rest everything is just aweful.... more

Top shelf drinks match the top 40 DJ! 2/17/2008

My boyfriend actually introduced me to Elmo, and I have been hooked ever since. Even at it's most crowded, you get prompt bar service with a friendly and good-looking (not that that's *too* important) staff and a great atmosphere. It really is just a chill, cool place to start your evening. I have to admit, I have not had the food there with the exception of some delicious desserts, but if their food is anything like their drinks, then it must be good. The in-house DJ plays awesome top 40 while the entire place bustles with energy. Definitely recommended for anyone looking to start a fabulous evening in best city in the world. Pros: Great vibe and atmosphere, hot guys serving even hotter drinks at a reasonable price. Cons: I can't think of any. more

Comfort Food Heaven 1/6/2008

Traditional American is their specialty. The exec. chef perfected common breakfast items like poached eggs and home fries. My friend has been here twice has only ordered steak and eggs, someone's getting it right. Love the home fries! Service was quick and easy on the eyes. New media art completes the experience. Pros: Everything Cons: What Cons? more

A blast 12/17/2007

After reading a few of the reviews here I approached elmo with cuation. I gotta say we had a blast and I am kind of mystified by the negatives. If you're looking for five star food and Jean Georges service defintely go some place else. But if you'll be happy with good, solid comfort type food--with the occasional excellent dish and competent service by the best looking staff in New York, this is the place. (and you'll be in good company 'cause the crowd is killer) The music is loud, the cocktails are great-and bigger than most restaurants- everyone was smiling and the room is gorgeous. I went back for a second visit with a party of ten for a birthday and they treated us like gold. We loved the place. Pros: Great space, good food and potent cocktails, beautiful people more
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  • The Scene
    Oversized rainbow-striped banquettes, mid-century-inspired chairs and bright mosaics do justice to the bubbly, urban take on comfort food served up nightly at Elmo. The bar is...

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  • Hours: Monday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Payments: Discover, Visa, American Express, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods: Midtown, Chelsea