Elmo Restaurant in Chelsea

I feel like there hasn’t been much “feasting” on my blog lately. Well, that’s because I don’t eat anymore.

Just kidding.

During Fashion Week, I was primarily surviving on Fiber One bars (not totally by choice but necessity due to running around so much) and barely had time to sit down for a meal in between shows and writing — much less cook for myself. The one place I did manage to lunch at was Elmo in Chelsea, which was right around the corner from the Bebe show I attended.


I was reading a few reviews for Elmo and most of them describe it as “trendy without the attitude.” NY could always use more restaurants like that. This place is a decently-sized restaurant lounge with plenty of open tables that day, but it was also so nice out that my friend and I decided to take it outside. When it came to ordering, the one thing that was really getting to me was how lousy and tired I was feeling that week. While normally I’d be down for a burger, I went for a salad instead. But not without preceding it with some good ol’ guac.



[Do you like how I’m trying to get a little fancy with the pics? Eh? Eh?]. I’m working on my sloppy Photoshop skills.

I think the spicy pico de gallo really saved because it wasn’t extraordinary otherwise. Then came my Asian salad with chicken: shredded carrots, cucumbers, red onion,mandarin oranges, wonton chips, crushed roasted peanuts and sesame rice vinaigrette. I felt like it didn’t taste as tangy as I’m used to with similar salads.

Asian Salad

Again, good not great. I’m trying…trying to eat a little healthier. I’m not sure if I could straight up diet because I love food too much, but just for the sake of my energy which seems to be slowing down a bit after these long days. Anyway, if my side of the table would be considered the ‘healthy’ side, my friend’s was the opposite. He went with a luxurious looking Elmo burger with fries.

Elmo burger

Elmo burger

Elmo fries

The meaty dishes are probably where this place’s strengths are, at least from this limited experience. In between pop songs like Gaga and Rihanna, we did enjoy the outdoors, friendly service and decent food.

Restaurant Info:

156 7th Avenue
btw 19th and 20th
New York, NY 10011-1813
(212) 337-8000


Meal: Lunch
Occasion: Re-fueling between fashion shows
Price: $$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: **
Food: **
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Yes – but not for my healthy run…I’d go back for their burgers and other comfort foods.


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