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Posted by qburto on 02/18/2015
Have now eaten here several times, all terrific. The food is imaginative and unusual, but not so precious as to be inaccessible. The variations of foie gras pops, the sweetbreads, all the fish and meat had great variety but also showcased the quality of the ingredients. I also appreciated a wine list that provided great options for not too much money while also having some gems. The service is from people who clearly enjoy and are proud of where they work, and it shows through from start to finish.
Posted by Wilson on 09/16/2014
So disappointing, Where to begin. The atmosphere is depressing....white brick walls with a big mirror that looks like its going to fall on your head...its grey and cold; zero ambience. The menu is boring, nothing reads delicious,... service at best was spotty. The famed pretzel rolls came only once and when the entree takes 40 min. to get to the table after they took the aps away we wanted more of the rolls and butter!....We saw a ton of staff but none could get our food out of the kitchen. And why do we have to ask for more water, over and over and over again. I ordered the duck breast my Husband the sweet breads, both were served cold and in a bowl...after a 40 min. wait I find the duck breast was two bites...coupled with a mini duck hamburger (?) and leg. Again, two bites each. The sweet breads prepared to be crisp are sitting in broth making them soggy. So it becomes a cold mushy matter in a bowl with tons of bok choy. They should call that dish bok choy cause that is what you get. We left after the dinner and did not stay for dessert. We asked for the check $250...only 2 glasses of wine....I wish so very much that I could go back but not with this place.
Posted by nnnnnnn on 08/10/2014
This was the first time me and my friend went to Elan we were both previous customers at chanterelle and loved the restaurant we started off with a fried oysters that was so delicate and paired with a wine that was superior the Foi gras pops were out of this world the combination of the nuts and the date in the center and then at the very end the taste of black pepper was truly amazing I have the lamb which was cooked to perfection and comes with a moussaka i never had one that was this good just the right amount of marjoram elegant and lifted the lamb experience the creamless corn was a great addition to the meal as well light sweet and not heavy goose fat potatoes speak for themselves :) yum and the panna cotta was refreshing tasty treat to finish and I think the other wonderful thing is that you were able to pair the courses with wines by the glass the sommelier was very helpful on suggesting wines that were expected and unexpected and I like that a lot to break out of the box and try something different a must try for anyone who enjoys great food!
Posted by Richard on 07/30/2014
We had many a magical meal at Chanterelle so we were so looking forward to last nights dinner. It was a major let down. Let's start with the foie gras pops. They were delicious but would have been much more so if they were not ice cold. The zucchini blossom appetizer had little of the promised lemon flavor. The tomato watermelon soup tasted of just tomato. My husband loved the General Ts0's sweetbreads, but my Chicken Pot Pie was tragic. Looked stunning when it arrived, but oy! whats under that crust?Lots of potatoes, a carrot, a small piece of zucchini, and about 5 pieces of chicken in broth and I could not find the bacon or chanterelle mushrooms. Spotty service. My husband doesn't drink. Did he really have to keep asking for them to refill his water glass. Bar is nice, but the dining room is drab and ugly. I will not be going back, which makes me sad!
Posted by DFSCRC on 07/30/2014
I had dinner with friends and clients last evening and the restaurant was fantastic. The food was killer. We shared many of the starters (oysters two ways fried and raw, sea urchin guac, carpaccio and a few others) and they were all great. We had to order more oysters, as they were just too good. For dinner I had the duck, which was also terrific and my friends had sea bass, which i tried and loved as well. The place is understated but elegant in its simplicity. The service was top shelf and the wine stewart suggested two wines, a white and california red from Larkmead that I I had never heard of but that was so good that I ordered a case of it when I got home. Great for romantic dinner, dinner with clients or friends. If you like great food, run don't walk.
Posted by NYC Food Lover on 07/06/2014
I adored Chanterelle and was so happy to hear that David Waltuck was cooking again. Elan did not disappoint. The sea urchin guacamole, stuffed chicken wings, General Tso's sweetbreads, duck breast, and apricot tart were inventive and delicious. We loved the "everything pretzels" and mustard butter. And the service was friendly, efficient, and professional. I will definitely be back...hopefully soon.