43 East 20th Street
Chef David Waltuck and co-owner
George Stinson bring their experience at former downtown mainstay Chanterelle to the Flatiron District. The à la carte dinner menu, rooted in classical French technique, draws inspiration from America and abroad. Sea urchin guacamole and roast rabbit salad make for tasty shared starters and appetizers. For mains, there’s everything from grilled mackerel with clam-dashi risotto and yuzu to General Tso’s sweetbreads, made with leeks, orange, and chilies. Waltuck tips his hat to Chanterelle with a handful of menu items, including the iconic Grilled Seafood Sausage. The restaurant’s full bar (made of concrete) includes clever cocktail names like “M.F.K. She’s a Peach,” made with bourbon, peach, and lemon verbena. Andrew Wilkinson Architects designed the bar space with rich chocolate browns and smoky grays, while the dining room features banquettes, large mirrors, and white brick walls. Two art walls will feature a new installation by an established or emerging artist every six months as well as an homage rooted in classical French technique. Though élan is only open for dinner as of this writing, lunch and brunch service will follow in the coming months.