Hotel Action: Elysian

Jason McLeod, exec chef of the Elysian Hotel’s two restaurants, Balsan and Ria, has got a handle on Balsan’s artisanal comfort food three meals a day—croissants, gourmet charcuterie, wood-burning-oven pizzas

The Elysian Fields were the final resting place for the greatest heroes of Greek mythology. That’s a lot to live up to for anyone, but Jason McLeod, exec chef of the Elysian Hotel’s two restaurants, Balsan and Ria, is fearless. (He must be; he worked for Marco Pierre White, the tantrum-iest chef ever.) On the third floor of the new luxury hotel, McLeod’s got a handle on Balsan’s artisanal comfort food three meals a day—croissants, gourmet charcuterie, wood-burning-oven pizzas—and across the hall, he’s also running the show at Ria, a deluxe contemporary American dinner spot promising a seasonal menu and plush banquettes. If anyone won’t be resting at the Elysian, it’s McLeod. 11 E. Walton St.; 312-646-1300.

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