Sel et Poivre Restaurant
Sel et Poivre Restaurant

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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 64st and 65st
  • Public Transit: 6 Line to Lexington and 53rd (walk up 6 blocks) or Hunter College (walk down 5 blocks)
  • Parking: Street Parking
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.
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Sel et Poivre Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)great for lunch (14)romantic (11)special occasion (10)fit for foodies (9)notable wine list (6)great for brunch (5)good for groups (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Noisy, crowded, understaffed.
    ktarVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Sat for 10+ min w/o being offered water, a drink. Had to flag down a waiter. Service very scattered, inattentive. Food ok. Place too crowded. Need to stagger tables so diners and staff can navigate.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jkmmdmjaVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    THe restaurant is friendly, the food is very good and nicely prepared--a bit overpriced. The waiter was friendly but not too caring.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something wrong
    Hawk
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Have had good dinner there, but this lunch was poor. The French onion soup had no body, virtually no taste and was not hot. It took an inordinate amount of time to get a hamburger. The meat quality was good. The bun did not work with a hamburger, regardless of quality.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-so
    theplatoguyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have dined here 8 or 10 times in the past year, usually at lunch. This was a dinner and, while the service was very good, the entrees - roast chicken and cassoulet - were only good. The chicken my friend had was so bland that she added salt; the cassoulet had been over-heated and didn't seem freshly made.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great French cooking
    bigwiz46VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Loved everything we ordered. There were three in our party, all had appetizers and dinner, we shared a desser. We all tasted everything and agreed it was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A cut above...
    UncleBernieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Such a pleasure to find a good, reasonable place. We were six, and everyone enjoyed his meal. The Thursday special was a pot-au-feu, and it was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had good food and good service, for a reasonable price. I would return and suggest the restaurant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jkmmdmjaVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Food was exquisite and attractive. Service was passive and not terribly caring. Cost was too high.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Wonderful
    Jason
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Amazing service that makes you feel like part of the family and food that never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Always a reliable, friendly restaurant with good food, atmosphere. Good neighborhood place after a busy day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quiet but food quality uneven
    eatandtalk
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We wanted a place for a good dinner plus a noise level that would allow conversation. The noise level was fine, but only one of us really enjoyed the food. The "sliced steak" turned out to be a plate large, very thin but mostly tender piece of beef ordered medium rare: it came well-done and I sent it back. The waiter explained the difficulty of cooking such a thin piece of meat!!!!The second version was as ordered. But I had expected (as I have had before) several pieces of meat sliced on the diagonal. The green bean salad was great and my friend loved the chicken. Service was pleasant and the food more than passable, but we had much better luck with our other restaurant choices.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The restaurant manager is great and he does everything there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice and retro
    doctor1VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This is the way it was in NYC in the 50s! Pleasant enough for lunch with good enough food and a great location (near Bloomies).
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Gem
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Sel 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:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Simple done well!
    scottyVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Love 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:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An unpleasant experience
    1344
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • filippo47VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Always consistently good, home away from home. Great service, interesting menu, wonderful ambiance. Great job!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 67 reviews are from the Sel et Poivre Restaurant reviews archive.
  • My NIght OUt
    HennyVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I 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:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • classic bistro
    vegetarianVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Good 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:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Less is more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The 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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood gem
    ARR3VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great food and service. Always a treat. We have eaten here several times and each time has been very good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ArnieMVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great dinner for four of us before a show. Food and service were good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and satisfying bistro food.
    Mediaman
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Duck l'orange, cassoulet, steak frites, everything you'd expect from a French bistro and more. Pleasant service, nice atmosphere. Lovely for dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reasonable Prix Fixe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Prix Fixe dinner around $30. Good duck pate and pear sorbet. Entrees were fine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable
    DennyVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Good, reliable, standard French fare. Nothing exciting, but perfect for ordinary dining. Reasonably priced, with food nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT TIME
    SashaVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    WONDERFUL FOR DINNER WITH FRIENDS. SERVICE WAS WONDERFUL!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcoming.
    DetailsCount
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The 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:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute French bistro
    twofoodies
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We 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:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awersome place !!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food was delicious!!! The restaurant was very beautiful. Had a great time for a ten year anniversary.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We had not been there for a long time and wondered why. It was great and we plan to return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Abby
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Nice place people are friendly food is good I'll recommend it to anyone
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and wine.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    This place is adorable, with a great menu, that's very classic.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Jane
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    My 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:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I'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:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This lovely little French
    dsgnchickVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This 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:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Continuing Service Problems
    theplatoguyVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Legit Bistro
    CrimsonPreppy
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Great 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • neighborhood French
    StephenVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Sel 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:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just OK
    nononsense
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We have been there three times, once a year. Last few years were better. This year it wasn't too good, food or service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, but inattentive service
    theplatoguyVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.