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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
  • Email: chris@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
  • "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
  • "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'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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Been a favorite for many years. All the bistro classics from France and nice crowd who own and operate."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 Bread & Butter, killer burger and Perfect Chicken Sandwich!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "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
  • "We had a lovely evening: food, setting and service exceptional. first but not the last time we will visit."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I go often and think that I am back in France although I speak Spanish to the waiters and struggle in German with one of the owners. Adore the place."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "Nothing spectacular but good service, good food, and most importantly not super expensive."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "This is our favorite neighborhood restaurant; the menu I'd quite varied and consistently delicious! Wonderful staff and the prices are very reasonable for NYC. They enjoy a loyal following."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Everything was very good and we enjoyed our dinner very much. But the place could use a bit of refurbishing."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "There was nothing outstanding about this place. It definitely did not match up to their description of being homey and welcoming. Besides the nice decor, everything else was everything but. The wait staff were impatient and borderline rude. The only nice thing I could say about them was they brought food to the table. Bottom line basic; very robotic like and emotionless. Luckily it was a short lunch, any longer and it would be uncomfortable. Even if the staff were having an off day, that's no excuse for the bland food. Any average Joe could have cooked better in his home kitchen. Just like the staff, the food had no flare or taste."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "very nice traditional French restaurant -- try the frogs' legs!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "First time eating there. Really enjoyed ourselves Wil definitely go back"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Home away from home for us, food always reliable without being too fancy, great friendly service, a pleasure to deal with Christian ( Owner) who always makes you feel special."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "It is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch to catch up with friends or great for after shopping, etc. It was busy but not overly crowded or loud. The dining room was very comfortable and relaxed and staff didn't rush us to order, etc. We had the omelet with fries and the chicken salad, both were good. There were a few other items on the menu that I would like to try and the creams brûlée was delicious!!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "I've going to Sel et Poivre for almost 15 years and the staff has not changed. This is such a great testimony to a well-run establishment. They are so warm and welcoming."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We had Sunday lunch for two couples. Two of us were returning, and two of us were new to the restaurant. We ordered the prix-fixe lunch for $18.95. For appetizers among the four of us, we had zucchini soup, green bean salad, and mesclun salad. All were excellent. For entrees, three of us had grilled salmon with green beans and white beans, and one of us had the fettucine. Our first-time visiting friend said it was the best salmon she had ever eaten. We agreed. We loved the preparation. For dessert, we ordered mango sorbet, profiterole, and the chocolate mousse. All the preparations were appealing and delectable. In sum, we had a delightful, delicious lunch. Our friends (and we as well) definitely plan to return."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "In the past when I have requested something in making an open table reservation like a quiet table, the restaurant has done its best to honor such. This establishment seemed to go out of its way NOT to . This was worsened by the non-attentive service."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "We hadn't been here in a while, and I guess we need to put it on the "go more often" list. The food is always consistent and good, and the service is pleasant and attentive. It does get an older crowd, so it tends not to be noisy (which is great, as I hate shouting across the table)"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Great place to go in the neighborhood. Lovely ambience. Hard to find skate and theirs is excellent."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "I enjoy this restaurant for the ambiance, the civilized crowd, the very authentic Frenchness of the whole thing and the food, but this time my dinner was not up to par. The coq au vin was overcooked. The chicken was dry, the sauce gelatinous -- as though it had been sitting on a burner for waaaaay to long. There was also precious little sauce to begin with, as if the kitchen staff had to scrape the bottom of the pot to get enough to plate. Nothing to mix with the mashed potatoes and, well, isn't that was sauce is for? Everything else, like anything else I've ever ordered here, was just fine. My dining companion had the calves kidneys and loved it. His salade des haricots verts was excellent and the chocolate dessert yummy. I will go back."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Three women friends made this a pre-concert stop on a recent Saturday evening. It worked out pretty well, considering one of us was her usual late-to-arrive self. Appreciated the convenience of a pre-fixe dinner at a reasonable price, as well as option to get half-bottle of wine. Food was satisfactory, maybe suffered a little due to the busiest time of the evening. All in all, would return. Only complaint was one diner, who got a single glass of wine, found it undrinkable. It had obviously been left uncorked too long, but no free replacement was offered."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Even though the restaurant was half empty, we were given a terrible table. When we asked for a different table, we were told they were all reserved. Service was indifferent-we had to flag down our waitress several times. Will not return."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "Always a delight to eat here - as soon as you walk through the front door you are immediately transported to France."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "For many years, my wife and I had been wanting to try Sel et Poivre, but, for a number of logistical or geographic reasons, never got around to doing so. A very significant birthday seemed a perfect opportunity to have our first experience and six close relatives were invited to share that experience. Happily, it turned out to be a lovely time in every way. Making a reservation was simple and we were given a beautiful table. With only one exception (the steak in one guest's steak frites order was a bit tough and undercooked), the food was very good. High praise was given for duck a l'orange, salmon, risotto, mussels, crepes, and frites. Bread and fruit sorbets were absolutely wonderful. Staff efficient and excellent ambiance. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013