The Feed first look: The Elm

Michelin-starred Corton perfectionist Paul Liebrandt launches a casual restaurant in the King & Grove Williamsburg hotel.



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  • Photograph: Dominic Perri

    The Elm

  • Photograph: Dominic Perri

    The Elm

  • Photograph: Evan Sung

    Foie gras with spiced plum gelee at the Elm

  • Photograph: Evan Sung

    Crudite at the Elm

  • Photograph: Evan Sung

    Turbot for two at the Elm

Photograph: Dominic Perri

The Elm

Paul Liebrandt—the meticulous, oft-polarizing mind behind the two-Michelin-starred Corton—goes casual for this 80-seat eatery. Well, casual for a tasting-menu chef who serves beet-hibiscus gelee and goat-milk Chantilly. In the short-lived Pillar & Plough space at the King & Grove Williamsburg hotel, Liebrandt and his Corton deputy Mazen Mustafa oversee a menu divided into four categories: land, sea, raw and shared. The modernist fare includes foie gras with spiced plum gelee, pistachios and chili-flecked brioche; lamb neck served alongside charred eggplant and brown-butter puree; and an Atlantic turbot for two à la française, with fresh peas, bacon and lemongrass nage. At the 12-seat bar, industry vet Johnny Swet (Rogue & Canon, Cole’s Greenwich Village) created a menu of hyperseasonal cocktails, heavy on fresh vegetables and herbs. The subterranean space sports metal light fixtures and banquettes made of—what else?—elm wood. Check out the menu below. 160 North 12th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-1088)


Baby Lettuces, Summer Vegetables, Green Olive-Tuna Crème 17

Avocado Soup, Curry Scented Cashew, Ruby Red Shrimp 15

Foie Gras
Spiced Strawberry Gelée, Pickled Strawberry, Thai Long Pepper 18

Kanpachi “Jamon”
Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, Vadouvan Spice 17

Swiss Chard Angolotti
Lobster, Corn, Shishito Pepper 22

“Flavors of Bouillabaisse”
Halibut, Mussel, Orange Confit, Fennel Blossom 28

Scallop “Tom Yum” Spring Onions, Lemon Balm 20

Atlantic Skate
Romenesco, Marcona Almond, Golden Raisin Vinaigrette 20

Elysian Fields Lamb
Lamb neck Charred Eggplant Purée, Ras el Hanout Spice 26

Short Rib
Thumbelina Carrot, Argan oil PL Sauce 27

Summer Beets
Romaine, Tomato Crème, Bacon XO 22

Pickled Cherry, Hazelnut, Toasted Honey Jus 25

“Kiev style” 56

Summer Bean à la française Lemongrass Nage 58

Pork Belly
“Pan con Tomate”, Baby Squid, Tomatillo 58

Summer Garden
Vegetables and Fruits en cocotte 48

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