The what: El’eat Restaurant and Lounge (pronounced like “elite”) takes over the cavernous space that once housed organic restaurant Green House. Chef Will Biscoe (Biscayne Tavern) runs the kitchen.
The space: The dining room conjures Saturday Night Fever with ’70s-style banquettes and swivel chairs, glittering chandeliers and a raised platform perfect for live music performances. A long bar in the back is flanked by flatscreens.
The dishes: A Modern American menu is divided into categories — Garden, Flatbreads, Apps, Mains, From the Grill — along with caviar and oyster options. Starters range from $7-$15 and mains $13-$33.
Warm French rolls and butter start things off along with small plates of avocado fritters, fricadelles (Danish meatballs served with onions, mushroom gravy and Gruyère) and kale salad with pork belly. Mains include mussels, lobster macaroni ‘n’ cheese, crispy pork shank and boneless Ashley Farms chicken. Salmon tagine and grilled red snapper round out the seafood options.
For dessert, absolutely try the housemade chocolate chip cookies studded with Valrhona chocolate and paired with Georgia-based High Road Ice Cream in flavors of pistachio, green tea and raspberry prosecco.
The bottom line: The name may be puzzling but the food is earnestly satisfying at this NMB spot.