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
53 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)romantic (13)great for lunch (12)fit for foodies (10)special occasion (9)great for brunch (9)good for groups (4)notable wine list (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 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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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  • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 59 reviews are from the Sel et Poivre Restaurant reviews archive.
  • GREAT TIME
    SashaVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    WONDERFUL FOR DINNER WITH FRIENDS. SERVICE WAS WONDERFUL!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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.
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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.
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  • neighborhood French
    Stephen
    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
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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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable French Restaurant
    Queenkaren
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sel et Poivre
    jeff
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldie but a goodie
    pipsqueak119
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite
    StebbingsVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Been a favorite for many years. All the bistro classics from France and nice crowd who own and operate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French bistro
    WmSWVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rediscovered gem
    Laurel
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Bread & Butter, killer
    scottyVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Great Bread & Butter, killer burger and Perfect Chicken Sandwich!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good French home cooking...
    Endeavours
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Brunchers
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Great food and ambiance. I highly recommend this for small or large dinner parties..
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local French
    scottyVIP
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it's our reliable neighborhood
    pianolady
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate