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Sel et Poivre Restaurant
Sel et Poivre Restaurant

Sel et Poivre Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.seletpoivrenyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 517-5780
  • 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: French, Mediterranean, Wild Game
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "The restaurant manager is great and he does everything there."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Always consistently good, home away from home. Great service, interesting menu, wonderful ambiance. Great job!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food and service. Always a treat. We have eaten here several times and each time has been very good."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great dinner for four of us before a show. Food and service were good."
    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. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Prix Fixe dinner around $30. Good duck pate and pear sorbet. Entrees were fine."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Good, reliable, standard French fare. Nothing exciting, but perfect for ordinary dining. Reasonably priced, with food nicely presented."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Food was delicious!!! The restaurant was very beautiful. Had a great time for a ten year anniversary."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had not been there for a long time and wondered why. It was great and we plan to return."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Nice place people are friendly food is good I'll recommend it to anyone"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This place is adorable, with a great menu, that's very classic. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "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)"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We have been there three times, once a year. Last few years were better. This year it wasn't too good, food or service."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "One 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."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Loved 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."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Been a favorite for many years. All the bistro classics from France and nice crowd who own and operate."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "A 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."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Great Bread & Butter, killer burger and Perfect Chicken Sandwich!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Great food and ambiance. I highly recommend this for small or large dinner parties.."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Love 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."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "it's our reliable neighborhood go-to place. The food is variably good to very-good. This time, the venison special was delicious, but the steak frites was only so-so, lacking flavor. The quality seems to be slipping a bit recently."
    Dined on 12/9/2013