• Sel & Poivre

  • French $15.95-$32.95
  • 853 Lexington Ave.
    New York, NY 10021
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone: 212-517-5780
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In a town famous for relentless creativity and giddy innovation, the small French bistro Sel & Poivre provides a comforting alternative: familiarity, along with a reliable menu. The dining room, in cheerful yellow, is accented with walnut paneling. Wall lamps with opaque flowerlike sconces illuminate, and simply framed black-and-white photos of thirties-era New York and Paris evoke a bygone day. The classic fare here gratifies without electrifying, which clearly charms a clientele who don’t want a side of thrills with dinner. The generally reliable kitchen leans to mainstream bistro fare: A mound of moules frites à la marinière, steeped in a bath of garlic, leeks, onions and white wine, make a nicely shareable appetizer. Entrées are likewise pleasing: Perfectly pink duck-magret slices are daubed with a subtle honey rosemary glaze, although a bed of diced apples doesn’t add much. Sautéed skate is moist, its beurre noir sauce spiked with tangy lemon juice and salty capers. Some might quibble with Sel & Poivre’s predictability, but given that the restaurant dates back to 1989, the conservative approach clearly has its admirers.
  • Hours

    Sun-Thu, noon-10:30pm Fri-Sat, noon-11pm

  • Prices


  • Payment

    American Express MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Delivery Dine at the Bar Lunch Take-Out Brunch - Weekend Delivery after 10pm Prix-Fixe Romantic

  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

  • Reservations


  • Delivery Area

    54th St. to 74th St., First Ave. to Fifth Ave.

  • Delivery Hours

    Sun-Thu, noon-10pm Fri-Sat, noon-10:30pm

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