[All photos by Daniel Krieger]
Here's a look around élan, the new restaurant from chef David Waltuck of the dearly departed Chanterelle and George Stinson, Chanterelle's former GM. The 60-seat Gramercy spot opens tonight, serving "contemporary cuisine" rooted in classic French technique. Expect dishes like foie gras pops and sea urchin guacamole for starters, green papaya salad with lobster and foie gras for an appetizer, and "General Tso's" sweetbreads with leeks, orange, chilies for a main. A few staples from Chanterelle made their way onto the menu, like the grilled seafood sausage which is now served with sauerkraut instead of beurre blanc. Appetizers start at $13 and mains run from $24-32.
The space has a clean and modern look to it, complete with a 12-seat concrete bar run by Will Edwards, formerly of Betony. Across from the bar, élan will host a space for rotating art installations — to start, a very in-your-face portrait series by Chuck Close. And for more on Chanterelle, élan, and Soho in the 80's, read Andrew Toqueland's two-part interview with David Waltuck here and here.