Blue Elm Will Join Orchard Street’s New Restaurant Row

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The room when it belonged to Regaté. Photo: Melissa Hom

Add this one to the fall-preview gang: Former lawyer Avi Stieglitz (currently the head of investment firm Bulldog Real Estate) tells us hes opening a restaurant, Blue Elm, with Malik Fall, a Senegal native who worked as an executive chef at Asia de Cuba and China Grill before becoming a private chef for the Rockefeller family and opening his own restaurant, Nolia, in the East Village. Fall attended culinary school in France and has traveled in Asia if youve tried his food at Boucarou, you know its a fusion of French, African, and Asian. Among the shareable plates currently planned: an Avocat Aux Crevettes Senegalais, consisting of a dozen shrimp stuffed with avocado, chickpeas, Spanish onion, tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs, and a halibut thats served in a tomato-saffron broth, with pumpkin biscuits, cabbage, and lima beans. Therell also be a sushi menu (Fall makes his rice pop with homemade vinegar). Blue Elm will open in the former Regat space at 198 Orchard Street, near Houston, on September 17 thats a block away from Bia Garden (which was slated to open tonight, though theres no answer) as well as from the Camille Becerra project thats coming to 146 Orchard Street.