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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.

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Sel et Poivre Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
Casual (13)
Cozy (12)
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Good for a Date (11)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Authentic (9)
Business Meals (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

I came for the frogs legs, but there were none. I had the duck a l'orange instead. Very tasty! Always a very good menu, very good food! Kudos to the chef!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was good bistro fare and fairly priced but not outstanding. Good wine list and knowledgeable service. An old standby NYC neighborhood bistro for safe good dining.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Authentic
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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great neighborhood stalwart restaurant, and delicious food, nice selection of wines and good value. The head waiter/maitre’d has been there a long time and is a great person.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

The food was good, but nothing special. The Prix fixe is the best value.

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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It is one of our neighborhood’s best restaurants and my husband and I love it for a quiet dinner or a celebration with the family or friends. The food is consistently excellent and the service impeccable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Vive la France...Wonderful pate, classic french fare...loved every bite

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Lovely Sunday Brunch with a friend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Every dish we ordered (duck, linguine, striped bass, mussels) was perfectly prepared and delicious. The staff was attentive and really kind and made our special occasion feel that way. Thank you Sel et Poivre — already can’t wait to come back!

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant in NYC. It's an excellent place for great food and friendly service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The most attentive service, old-world style, and classically-prepared dishes. A very pleasant meal overall.

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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was a very nice and cozy place , food was good , and the service quick, would have appreciated a different kind of music as we expected it being French to have not exclusively french music but something more varied than just south american potpurri this we didnt think gave it a plus. the rest food wise was ok . service was correct and quick.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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food3
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value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This has been a favorite restaurant for us for years whenever we are in New York.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

One of the most welcoming spots in New York. Exactly what a corner French bistro was meant to be - warm, open, comfortable, good food and wine. A neighborhood treasure.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I eat here whenever I’m in the city. Food is always delicious. The staff has been there a long time and recognize me making me feel welcome.

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

Good evening and food. Only complaint was lamb stew was the special and much more expensive than the other dishes. The portion was extremely small while the other entees were normal size

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our new favorite in New York City. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This is a well established French restaurant that is consistently good with friendly waiters and an ambience that is ideal for an evening with friends and for conversation. Prices are reasonable for quality food on the upper east side.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great place to go. Food only surpassed by the service. Friendly, warm, enjoyable, management/staff always remember us. It's your local spot to relax and to enjoy the atmosphere while dining and chatting with family and frieneds.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Restaurant has been here forever , has a cosy French neighborhood atmosphere but the food was very disappointing. My friend’s mussels were full of sand & my chicken sandwich consisted of ordinary “store-bought” bread, ice berg lettuce, colorless tasteless tomato and thick sliced chicken breast. Less than ho-hum

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

All was fine but the server said he was instructed not to accept the Open Table awards card.
Terribly confused after a lovely dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Bistro menu, good variety, nicely cooked, good value

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 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 2, 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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food5
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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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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 6, 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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 (New England)·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 3, 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 3, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on September 3, 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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