Sel et Poivre Restaurant
853 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10065Neighborhood:
Upper East Side
FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
Sel et Poivre Restaurant
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.seletpoivrenyc.com/
- Phone: 2125175780
- Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Mediterranean, Wild Game, French
- Executive Chef: Christian Schienle
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: We cater to all events please call for more information and ask for Christian.
A word from Sel et Poivre Restaurant
Welcome to Sel et Poivre Restaurant a classic french Bistro located on the upper east side and serving the neighborhood for 24 for years.Continued
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Sel et Poivre Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since May 23, 2014
- Ambiance3.7Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (29)great for lunch (13)romantic (12)great for brunch (9)fit for foodies (9)special occasion (9)notable wine list (5)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/2/2014Always a reliable, friendly restaurant with good food, atmosphere. Good neighborhood place after a busy day.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 8/12/2014The restaurant manager is great and he does everything there.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- nice and retrodoctor1VIPDined on 8/11/2014This is the way it was in NYC in the 50s! Pleasant enough for lunch with good enough food and a great location (near Bloomies).
- Neighborhood GemDiningDivaDined on 8/9/2014Sel et Poivre is a Lexington Avenue gem. The food was tastefully prepared, with ample portions. (Enough to take home for tomorrow's lunch). French Onion Soup (my appetizer)was classically prepared and delicious.My main dish of chicken in a mushroom sauce was tender and cooked perfectly. The service was attentive. We will certainly return.Special Features:
- Simple done well!scottyVIPDined on 8/3/2014Love that this place is in the neighborhood. The menu is not huge but what they have is done perfectly! Right down to the bread and butter that comes to the table. It is without question the best in NYC. Had the Grilled Chicken Sandwich... again simple straight forward and yet tastes better than average. Go and enjoy... you'll be glad you did!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- An unpleasant experience1344Dined on 7/19/2014The food was mediocre to poor and presented without any care. The service, however, ruined the evening - inattentive and couldn't care less. We felt "ripped off" - it was not inexpensive. They just don't seem to care. They've been around for a long time. Why? I have no idea.
- filippo47VIPDined on 7/16/2014Always consistently good, home away from home. Great service, interesting menu, wonderful ambiance. Great job!Special Features:
- My NIght OUtHennyVIPDined on 6/12/2014I was surprised that it was so reasonable, that we got a delightful table immediately and that no one was on us to hurry to buy drinks. In fact when we all decided we wanted a bottle of wine, we had to ask for the waiter. The food was good and the ambience very pleasant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- classic bistrovegetarianVIPDined on 6/11/2014Good food with lots of items I'd like to order, classic, well-prepared bistro items. Pleasant, friendly service. We ate dinner at an early hour, before going to a play and enjoyed a leisurely pace. Can't wait to go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Less is moreOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 6/7/2014The food here is good enough, though not inspiring, and the service is attentive. But the crowding together of tables makes for an excessive noise level that defeats any attempt to relax with dining companions. Not somewhere I'd want to go back to.
- Neighborhood gemARR3VIPDined on 6/6/2014Great food and service. Always a treat. We have eaten here several times and each time has been very good.I would recommend this to a friend.
- ArnieMVIPDined on 6/6/2014Great dinner for four of us before a show. Food and service were good.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great and satisfying bistro food.MediamanDined on 6/6/2014Duck l'orange, cassoulet, steak frites, everything you'd expect from a French bistro and more. Pleasant service, nice atmosphere. Lovely for dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Reasonable Prix FixeOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 5/26/2014Prix Fixe dinner around $30. Good duck pate and pear sorbet. Entrees were fine.Special Features:
- The following 60 reviews are from the Sel et Poivre Restaurant reviews archive.
- ReliableDennyVIPDined on 5/18/2014Good, reliable, standard French fare. Nothing exciting, but perfect for ordinary dining. Reasonably priced, with food nicely presented.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GREAT TIMESashaVIPDined on 5/1/2014WONDERFUL FOR DINNER WITH FRIENDS. SERVICE WAS WONDERFUL!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Welcoming.DetailsCountDined on 4/30/2014The owner and the waiters were most gracious. It was my first visit to the restaurant. Food was excellent. I would highly recommend on all counts.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Cute French bistrotwofoodiesDined on 4/25/2014We had a play to go to in this part of town and so tried out this nearby French bistro. It was pleasantly quaint, with a menu that featured all the great French classics: duck a l'orange, steak frites, French onion soup, fois gras etc. and also a traditional, well-priced prix fixe. We went for this option and had a very enjoyable meal of well cooked standards: duck terrine, portobello mushroom soup, steak frites, pork chops, chocolate terrine and profiteroles, plus some decent Californian wine. Nothing outstanding, but good food at a very reasonable price in an enjoyable environment. The service was friendly and attentive too.Special Features:
- Awersome place !!!!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 4/19/2014Food was delicious!!! The restaurant was very beautiful. Had a great time for a ten year anniversary.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Going backOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 4/18/2014We had not been there for a long time and wondered why. It was great and we plan to return.Special Features:
- AbbyDined on 4/15/2014Nice place people are friendly food is good I'll recommend it to anyoneSpecial Features:
- Great food and wine.OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 4/13/2014This place is adorable, with a great menu, that's very classic.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great FindJaneDined on 4/10/2014My friends and I visited Sel et Poivre for the first time this week. The maître d' and waiters were very accommodating and the food was delicious, not to mention the Irish Coffee! If back in the neighborhood we will be sure to stop in.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good lunchOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 3/31/2014I've been there twice. The restaurant aesthetically could be brightened up. The first time was with a group of 8. Service, etc. was excellent. The other time I went with a friend. Again, food & service left nothing to be desired.Special Features:
- This lovely little FrenchdsgnchickVIPDined on 3/28/2014This lovely little French bistro has been in the neighborhood forever. The food is consistently good, and they do a good job of all the traditional French dishes. Friday special cassoulet is worth a visit, and there is a nice wine list too (very good and well priced Coppola cabernet)Special Features:
- Continuing Service ProblemstheplatoguyVIPDined on 3/26/2014I dine here several times per month. Pleasant ambience, good to very good food. But the service is not very good - as I reported here a month ago - and not getting better. This time it was separate waiters asking the same questions several times. Apparently no one waiter was assigned and responsible for the table. They themselves were not very professional, more like upgraded servers (who deliver food ordered) than waiters.
- Legit BistroCrimsonPreppyDined on 3/19/2014Great martini in its icy thermos, good tomato salad (for this time of year), veal kidneys (where do you find those now that Gino's is gone?), good bread, cheerful service. The usual great service, professional waiter (no "I'm Stacy and I'll be your server tonight" stuff). If it hadn't been for the vulgar Italian on his cellphone at the bar, it would have been perfect.
- neighborhood FrenchStephenDined on 3/18/2014Sel et Poivre is a neighborhood boite. Food is OK+, service is fine, usuall;y quiet, no surprises. Would not go out of one's way to get there, but if in the neighborhood, need a plesant and quiet place for lunch or dinner, with reasonably good food at reasonable price, it's fine.Special Features:
- Just OKnononsenseDined on 3/15/2014We have been there three times, once a year. Last few years were better. This year it wasn't too good, food or service.
- Good food, but inattentive servicetheplatoguyVIPDined on 3/6/2014I eat here once a month on average and, although I like the ambiance and the food, but have found inattentive service at recent lunches. One long-term server is friendly, but neither he nor anyone else pays attention to customers who are hoping to order a glass of wine (this has happened to me twice in the last month) or waiting to give a dessert order on the prix fixe menu.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Comfortable French RestaurantQueenkarenDined on 2/4/2014We had a 7 pm show so we needed a really early dinner. We were the first people in the restaurant and were treated very well. The service was pleasant without being overly-fussy and the food was good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sel et PoivrejeffDined on 1/25/2014One of our favorite spots. Food is old fashion french, but it is the local flavor and helpful staff that bring us here everytime we visit NYC. Love the ambiance.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Oldie but a goodiepipsqueak119Dined on 1/25/2014Loved my lunch at Sel et Poivre. Needed someplace close to the Winter Antiques Show and this fit the bill. Charming vintage ambiance, delicious food and the service was absolutely wonderful. I had the prix fixe lunch (14.95) and chose the country pate, steak frites and chocolate terrine. All were very declicious, especially accompanied by some Cotes du Rhone. My friend had the French onion soup and the tuna sandwich and the Sancerre and gave it all raves. Wait staff couldn't have been friendlier or nicer. All in all, a lovely experience and I would go back again in a minute.Special Features:
- A favoriteStebbingsVIPDined on 1/20/2014Been a favorite for many years. All the bistro classics from France and nice crowd who own and operate.Special Features:
- French bistroWmSWVIPDined on 1/9/2014A wonderful find. Very authentic bistro in look, feel and menu. Small and fun with the bistro food prepared well. Evidently known only to locals since the concierge at our high end hotel, one block away, did not know of it. Big mistake. Not everyone will like a real bistro with real bistro food, but for those who do, this is a jewel. The only thing not French is their friendliness to strangers.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Rediscovered gemLaurelDined on 1/9/2014We discovered Sel et Poivre in the 80s and loved its easy neighborhood charm and reliable French food. For some time, we thought it had gone out of business and so were delighted to discover it still around!! The skate, the mussels, steak frites--all favorite French standards along a with decent Cotes du Rhone by the glass, all for reasonable prices. And one doesn't have to shriek to be heard. A pleasure.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Bread & Butter, killerscottyVIPDined on 12/28/2013Great Bread & Butter, killer burger and Perfect Chicken Sandwich!Special Features:
- Very good French home cooking...EndeavoursDined on 12/27/2013I always try to go out of my way every time I come to NYC to have a lovekly lunch at this restaurant. I am passionate for cassoulet (the Friday special) and this place has a very fine version of it. I have tried some of the other dishes and have never been disappointed. The service is very good as well, although I would recommend the waiters not to try to speak French.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Neighborhood GemBrunchersDined on 12/21/2013Great food and ambiance. I highly recommend this for small or large dinner parties..Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great local FrenchscottyVIPDined on 12/16/2013Love this local restaurant. On this visit they made my friend and I the most perfect hamburgers. The split pea soup special was equally perfect on a cold night. Can't wait to come back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.