Elephants never forget birthdays, multiplication tables, or the lingering banana taste of marshmallow circus peanuts. Make a pachyderm remember more-marvelous chow with today's deal. For $30, you get $60 worth of Thai-French bistro plates and spirits at The Elephant in the East Village.
Transcontinental Thai-French flavors seep into the pages of The Elephant's menu, leaving it spicy, yet legible. Treat your tongue to a starter such as salmon tartare served with a hot chili sauce ($9.75) or the charcoal-grilled eggplant salad garnished with cilantro and drizzled in sweet and sour dressing ($8.75). Double pork chops with sautéed Asian veggies ($19.75) and mussels steamed in a light curry sauce with French baguette ($17.75 for a full order) are oddball pairs that pair more perfectly than shoes and socks. Vegetarian options include non-duck duck breast in a sweet soy sauce with red pepper and scallions ($14) and aged tofu pad Thai loaded with rice noodles, crushed peanuts, and bean sprouts ($14). Pull a colorful seat up to the bar and banish low spirits with spirits from The Elephant's drink menu, or hang back, shrouded by hanging beads, and soak up the scene.
Riding humbly atop The Elephant is owner, resident chef, and native Frenchman Eric Lagrange. Eric traveled to Thailand more than a decade ago in search of flavors to freshen dishes or vignettes to inspire feature films about the adventures of a cat and its best friend, an old car. Now his bistro serves up hybrid dishes seven nights a week and plays host to a bustling late-night crowd on weekends.
- Chef Eric Lagrange traveled in Thailand and developed appealing dishes combining Asian ingredients and French sensibility, all with a very reasonable price tag. – Gayot
- The subtly flavorful salmon tartare and the cool but spicy green papaya salad star among more traditional Thai appetizers. But it’s the French dishes that really show inventive twists: Duck confit is served with a smooth sweet potato and lychee puree; the pork chop with Asian vegetables is charcoal-grilled and spiced with curry; and the tiramisu is scented with jasmine. – Time Out New York
- The food is elegant but pacified Thai, while the scene is French: dark, loud, crowded, spilling out onto the sidewalk, and usually pretty fun, in a sleazy, chaotic, Lower East Side kind of way. – Matt Gross, New York
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