Elevate's chef is all about bringing fresh, local ingredients to Chinatown. Come try their Kobe beef sliders, heavenly sea scallops and sushi bar, featuring fish you've never seen before.East Meets West is a popular maxim whenever you compare Japanese culture to… well, anything. But never have we paid more attention to it than when it was sitting on our plates at Elevate Restaurant & Lounge. This cozy, modern little subterranean den of farm-to-table goodness on Bowery, tucked away from the loud hum of Chinatown, quietly eschews the typical blue print of a normal Japanese restaurant and introduces a heavy hand of French and New American to its menu. Their executive chef, who cut his teeth at both Bobo and Nobu, is all about local ingredients, and when in season will heavily rely on rooftop gardens in the area for a lot their produce.
On the plate side, there are Kobe beef sliders (with teriyakinaise, caramelized onions, pickled shiitake mushroom), pork buns (with braised pork belly, pickled vegetables and cilantro) and tuna dumplings (with guacamole, snow crab and tequila emulsion) for starts. Main dishes give you sea scallops (with mushroom risotto, bacon lardons, brussels sprouts), Scottish salmon (grilled with miso beurre blanc, roasted fingerling potato and asparagus florets) and a modern take on a surf & turf platter. Not to be overshadowed, their full sushi bar boasts fish brought in fresh daily from the local fish markets and also shipped directly from the Tsukiji Market in Japan (so expect some fish you've never seen before). Come on Thursdays for the Sushi & Sashimi Omakase, where you abandon control and dine on what their sushi chef feels like making. But don't worry, you're in pretty expert hands.
Kobe Beef Sliders,
Sushi & Sashimi Omakase,
Surf & Turf
Daily, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.