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5 E. 20th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Fifth Ave.
Best haute cuisine in NY
By foodielover on 12/5/2008
Amazing! Attentive (but not too intrusive) service, minimal (but warm) decor, and fabulous food (always creative, without being over-the-top simply for the sake of being artistic). This is definitely one of the best restaurants (luckily it's underrated, so many miss out on this jewel) in NYC. If it were cheaper, I'd probably eat here at least once a week!
An amazing experience
By dwallack79 on 11/9/2007
I took my fiance here for her birthday. We were turned away for showing up 15 minutes early. Which kind of pissed me off, but I kind of got it because there is absolutely NO waiting area. Once we returned on time we were promptly seated. The decor is simple yet elegant, our service was prompt and attentive. And the food was AMAZING. I had the Goat Cheese and Artichoke Ravioli, which I'll admit did not taste of artichoke, but was good nonetheless. The Pistachio Crusted Venison was well cooked and all of the food was very nicely presented. My desert was particluarly incredible. A fried peanutbutter and jelly with nougat ice cream and blew my freakin mind. Overall this was an excellent restaurant and well worth the price.
Delicious decor and sumptuous food
By kathlef on 5/11/2005
I was seduced by the sophisticated yet simple decor. The food was unique and sumptuous.
A wonderful place to dine
By Frankiecookies on 1/10/2005
My wife and two friends had a great experience here. From the beginning to end. It is hard to find a restaurant where the staff is just as great as the food. We receive first class service. They seem to have trained their staff very well. We asked a few questions and got precise answers about our dishes, their reccomendations were right on the money. We all took a culinary journey with the six course tasting and matched along side was our wine pairing. I didn't realize how much work is put in to pairing the dishes with wines. Perfectly, and I mean 'Perfectly' matched to draw out the flavors. Everyone should try this place, I've heard wonderful things, I didn't realize to what magnitude.
As Good As It Gets
By alainie on 1/12/2004
Although we moved to Raleigh,NC last year, we make sure to dine at Fleur de Sel whenever we return to NY. Few other restaurants provide such consistantly fabulous food, gracious service and a pleasant dining atmosphere. The wine list includes varied and knowledgible selections. Fleur de Sel is always well worth the trip.
Amazing, superb, wonderful!! Go there!
By anh40 on 11/12/2003
You cannot beat the tasting menu here, for dinner or lunch. It's such a value for the quality. The food is some of the best in NY, and if you pair the meal with wine it is guaranteed to be a delight. Oh yeah, and it makes for a romantic date place too.
By battousai on 4/20/2003
This place out Paris's Paris with its incredulous classic yet complex country fare straight from Brittany. Fleur de Sel shines brightly among the sea of brasseries and bistros that litter NYC. Why go to the Left Bank when the Flatiron District beckons you to the very best of Gallic cuisine.
Outstanding service and hospitality
By matthijs on 7/3/2008
I don't usually write reviews but this time I have to say that this restaurant is brilliant. We went there last week on our visit to NY from The Netherlands to celebrate my fathers sixtieth birthday (I noted that on the reservation over opentable). The welcome was very nice and so was the amuse of Bacalhaumousse. All four of us had wonderfull starters, I had Goats Cheese Ravioli myself, and the main courses (we all chose fish) were sublime. With dessert my father got an extra plate with an extra dessert and a little candle. We all thought that was very nice of the staff. On leaving we all got a small cake to take home. I didn't expect to find such a charming small restaurant in NYC and can recommend visiting Fleur de Sel to everyone.
French Culinary Art
By TOTO on 1/6/2005
I am French and living in NYC. My wife and I took my dad to Fleur de Sel when he came to visit us from Brittany in November. We were all very impressed with the food. My starter was a fois gras cooked with a trufle reduction and rose flower (!). It was a subtil and original combination of flavor and spices that made this dish one of the best fois gras I ever had. My main was a grilled poussin with fois gras (yes I am a big fan of fois gras!) and it did not disappoint! The place is expensive (prix fix around $65) but it worth every penny. It also refreshing to have a high end French restaurant in NY that is not packed with investment bankers in pin stripped suits. This restaurant has a cozy/chic feeling that match the great food.
By ncnyphile on 12/30/2004
Went on anniversary and Monday night wine series. 1/2 price wine a big plus! Goat cheese/artichoke ravioli was superb, as was chocolate souffle. Small, intimate, perfect.
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