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Zagat: The Elm Takes Root In Growing W'burg Culinary Scene

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The Elm, a new French restaurant with nature inspired decor, has set up shop in Williamsburg. Zagat editor Kelly Dobkin filed the following report.

The Elm
160 N. 12th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 218-1088


Award-winning chef Paul Liebrandt who is known most recently for his TriBeCa eatery Corton, is making his first foray into the Brooklyn dining scene with The Elm.

"We’re very excited to be here in Williamsburg. We had a very good space to do this in and I just thought it’d be a fantastic addition to the neighborhood," says Liebrandt. "Williamsburg is really growing at a phenomenal rate and restaurants out here are vibrant, fun and the clientele out here are fantastic."

You can expect Liebrandt’s interpretation on modern French cuisine in The Elm menu which is broken down into four sections. The eatery also serves breakfast and provides room service and light bites for the pool area above.

"The menu is broken into four categories: Raw, sea, land and shared. The dishes are modern French with a little bit of classical overtones," says Liebrandt.

The space features a live ivy wall, an open kitchen and unique chandeliers and light fixtures, plus a window offering a peek at the poolside guests above.

"The design of the space, it’s opposite McCarren Park so we have a huge amount of natural light coming into the space. The name the Elm, obviously playing off the trees, and very much open space. There’s a lot of natural wood tones, oak and elm wood. There's a lot of natural greenery in the space. It’s definitely an affordable elegance is what we like to call it," says Liebrandt.

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