David Waltuck's comeback restaurant, élan, opens in Flatiron

The former Chanterelle team returns with contemporary French-American cuisine

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  • Photograph: Liz Clayman

    General Tso's sweetbreads at élan

  • Photograph: Liz Clayman

    Grilled seafood sausage at élan

  • Photograph: Liz Clayman

    élan

  • Photograph: Liz Clayman

    élan

  • Photograph: Liz Clayman

    élan

Photograph: Liz Clayman

General Tso's sweetbreads at élan


Until its sad shuttering in 2009, Chanterelle spearheaded downtown’s fine-dining scene for three decades, bringing a below–14th Street cool to the buttoned-up refinement of elegant French eats. Fast-forward five years and owner-chef David Waltuck—teaming up with former Chanterelle manager George Stinson—returns to the kitchen with yet another contemporary French-American number, helming an à la carte menu sprinkled with whimsy: Expect foie gras pops, General Tso’s sweetbreads and duck-fat hash browns. In the high-ceilinged front lounge, a concrete bar offers a wine list of 80 international bottles and 15 by-the-glass pours, plus cocktails like the Un Pez (ginger beer, tequila, Prickly Pear) and the non-alcoholic Electric Fresh (Szechuan peppercorn, cherry, lime). 43 E 20th St between Broadway and Park Ave South (646-682-7105)

DINNER MENU

STARTERS
Baby radishes with cumin vinaigrette, $6
Foie gras pop with fig and pistachio, $3
Sea-urchin guacamole with grilled bread, $15
Rabbit roulade with hazelnuts, $13

APPETIZERS
Soy and sake cured beef with mushrooms, $15
Chilled watercress coup with smoked arctic char, $15
Potato pot stickers with summer truffle, $16
Green papaya salad with lobster and foie gras, $17
Stuffed chicken wings with leeks and mushrooms, $15
Summer salad with yogurt-feta custard
Grilled seafood sausage and sauerkraut, $18

MAIN COURSES
Striped bass with red wine and sage, $28
Grilled mackerel with clam-dashi risotto, $24
Fettucine with sea scallops and duck fat, $30
Colorado lamb loin with marjoram and moussaka, $32
Duck breast with smoky au jus and vegetables spring rolls, $30
General Tso’s sweetbreads with bacon, $32

SIDES
Duck-fat hash browns, $8
Snowpea leaves, $8
Creamless creamed corn, $8
Wild mushrooms, market price


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