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About Sel et Poivre Restaurant

Welcome to Sel et Poivre Restaurant, a classic French bistro located on the Upper East Side—serving the neighborhood and beyond for twenty-eight years.

853 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10065
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Mediterranean, Wild Game

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

Cross Street:
Between 64th and 65th Streets

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 517-5780

Website:
http://www.seletpoivrenyc.com/

Catering:
We cater to all events; please call for more information and ask for Christian.

Parking Details:
In addition to street parking, several parking garages are nearby. You may wish to consult http://ipark.com/area/east-60s or https://nyc.bestparking.com/neighborhoods/east-60s-parking .

Public Transit:
F and Q to Lexington/63rd
6 to 68th/Lexington (Hunter College)
4, 5, 6 to to 59th/Lexington
N, R, W to Lexington/59th

Executive Chef:
Christian Schienle

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Birthdays; anniversaries; showers; office, holiday and retirement parties; wedding rehearsal dinners.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Sel et Poivre will offer a specially-prepared Thanksgiving menu from noon to nine, featuring a prix fixe selection of traditional Thanksgiving dishes for $38 plus several favorites from our regular menu, which will be available à la carte. Join us to celebrate Thanksgiving at Sel et Poivre.

Sel et Poivre Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (16)
Cozy (14)
Casual (13)
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Authentic (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Business Meals (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Romantic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Healthy (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Sel et Poivre is the perfect New York neighborhood restaurant. The owners and staff are gracious and welcoming, the French bistro cuisine is authentic and diverse. This is a place that, quite simply, makes me happy.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Had the Pot a Fue, very nice. Portion was not huge, woild have been happier if therehad been more mmashed potatoes and spinach as sides. Tables are VERY close together.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The service was excellent and the food was very very good. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food not good

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

It is always a pleasure to dine there. Attentive and friendly service with reliably good food.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food was delicious.The services always was excellent.My friend enjoyed her first visit to this local restaurant. We will return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We love coming to this place! The owner is very friendly, the food is delicious and the place is perfect for special occasion or just a casual evening with close people in your life!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent food and service. Good value.
A bit noisy

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Nice dinner..very French

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This is a very good neighborhood bistro. Great menu. Duck a la orange is among the best I have had.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

An old-fashioned French bistro, whose menu never seems to change.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The restaurant is very local people, and French style, good food

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

This is a good, solid neighborhood venue. Good for a meal when you don't want to cook at home and don't want anything pretentious or overpriced. Food is tasty, staff friendly, and the prix fixe is great value.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Declicous salad yummy for lunch. I couldn't finish it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

authentic French Bistro and delicious - tremendous!!!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

the escargot was delicious, however my duck--which the server recommended---- was very dried out and tough!
my friend did enjoy his pasta with grilled shrimp and we both enjoyed the profiteroles
for dessert.
interior is quiet and attractive and seems to attract a neighborhood crowd.
I would try this place again---and just not order the duck.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

As usual, excellent food and service. We arrived late, still, staff was gracious and helpful!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Traditional and divine French food. Place was basically empty (which we love!) so we expected quick service. The servers were a DISASTER. Watching the US open in the bar area!!! I had to refill my family's water myself! They didnt notice me going to the water station!
When we were first seated, we were handed menus and not a wine menu! It took 10 minutes for the server to come back and ask what we'd like to eat, at which point we asked "...don't you have a wine menu?". All the staff was just so distracted.
Food was excellent: escargot, French onion soup, and hot bread were magnificent. The artichoke was cold... we wished it had been steamed and hot. Cold just isn't a great way to prepare whole artichokes.
The fish was all pretty good. The server didn't know how to describe the fish dishes (mild vs. strong, etc), perhaps it was a language barrier. My duck was a tad overcooked and therefore dry and chewy. I was worried the kitchen was watching the US open as well! Overall food was good but questionable service.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

The service was great, my problem was the food wasn't what I expected. I have tried other french restaurants that are more authentic meal. After saying that the steack and the chocolate lava cake was probably my favorite. The worst was the duck pate, super cold and not much flavor.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 29, 2017

My husband & I stopped here Tuesday, 8/29/17 on a rainy summer day for lunch. We had a table by the open window overlooking the sidewalk. Very nice. A lot of regulars seem to come here. Our food and service were excellent but it's a bit pricey for lunch. Though we would recommend.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This sweet little French bistro has been around a loooong time - but never disappoints!

Super prix fixe or not, and good wines by the glass.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

What a sorry place this temple to the formerly succulent crispy roast chicken this place has become. The chicken was dried out and tasteless with a repulsive gooey sauce.
The tuna nicoise had anemic tomatoes and canned tuna. The best individual food was the perfectly cooked haricots verts and the intensely flavorful creamy chocolate terrine.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Nice lunch. Nothing extraordinary. Would not go out of my way again to go there but if I'm in the neighborhood...... Good wine.

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

This restaurant has excellent reviews on Open Table, Yelp and from family members.
BUT, my experience and that of my companion was very different. The bathroom was disgusting, full of black water before I used it, which kind of set the tone. The omelet made me feel sick and I couldn't finish it, and the French fries were so-so. They didn't carry Chardonnay (?) and the place was virtually empty at lunch/brunch time on a Sunday. I was apologetic to the person I brought there for his birthday celebration as he was equally displeased with the place. How it has stayed in business since 1989 is beyond me.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

unpleasantly hot. a few diners got up and moved to try to find a cooler spot. salmon entree was drowned in sauce

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Excellent food, quiet place, good for conversations (e.g. business dinners)

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Reliable neighborhood gem! Always something on the menu for friends and family.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Delicious food. Great wine choices. Good service. Sat at front, which is open to Lexington Avenue, and enjoyed the people watching.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

This restaurant is truly a neighborhood gem. The food is fresh and well presented. The owners and staff are amiable. We live nearby and always look forward to a pleasant meal here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

The waiter was non-existent...one waiter for the entire restaurant.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Most authentic, dependable bistro in Manhattan. Excellent and wide choice of entrées. Some traditional French entrées are not available elsewhere. The staff is courteous and attentive. The wine list contains something for everyone and many bottles of French wines are affordable and excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

WARM ATMOSPHERE, EXCELLENT MENU AND VERY FRIENDLY SERVICE

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Our host/manager/waiter is always the most cordial!!

The food is refreshing, flavorful, and good.

We always enjoy sitting in front of the sidewalk windows.

This spot has been my wife's favorite for her birthday for a number of years and the family enjoys it there.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Unfortunately, this restaurant feels outdated and run down. Service was kind but needs to pay more attention to detail. Pouring tap water on top of Pellegrino is not paying attention to detail. The food was dreary to poor. Main dishes were fair, but the Profiterolles for dessert tasted stale and poor quality.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 6, 2017

I love this restaurant. It feels like Paris, but with delightful service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Same as
Before- perfect in every way.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Perfect French cafe meal. Simple but skillful. Great value.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

I am very prejudiced, because this is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. I just enjoy everything about this restaurant, from the ample tables to the charm of the maitre d. It's comfortable and yet always interesting.
Because it was soft shell crab season, my friend and I had them and they were superbly prepared and served.
They have a large menu, so you can indulge your tastes. The wines by the glass are very nice and I recommend it unreservedly.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

The food was terrific. The service attentive without being Intrusive.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 17, 2017

First time here. We really liked the ambience and the service. The menu isn't long, and the prix fix was good value. We had a very nice time and will be back.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy
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