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Fleur de Sel

5 E. 20th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Fifth Ave.
212-460-9100

Avg. Rating

8
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

79% would go back.

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The food was terrible

By sboggs on 12/31/2003

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

My wife visited Fleur de Sel for dinner on a Friday evening in December 2003. We both felt that the food was terrible. The menu featured slabs of meat (or fish) with tasteless sauces. Overall, this is one of the worst “first class” restaurants we have ever visited in NYC, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Boston, etc. How it survives in the highly competitive NYC market is completely beyond us. We certainly will never return.

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198 out of 472 people found this review helpful.

Very disappointing boring food

By Rainie205 on 11/3/2005

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

This restaurant suffers from lovely presentation and no flavor. Service is uppety. Go to Union Square Cafe instead

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324 out of 702 people found this review helpful.

poor service, non creative food

By Alex1983 on 11/28/2005

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

The decor is pretty simple, but of good taste. However, the service, is not very attentive. It took them 10-15 min to give us the menu, but then they served us so quickly, we understood they wanted us out as soon as possible. Food in good but not very inventive, I took the ravioli of goat and artichoke, but I never got the taste of the artichokes, however, the beet juice was a good idea. Not a bad restaurant, but we expected something better.

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328 out of 738 people found this review helpful.

Great Lunch Spot

By JMG on 1/29/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went to Fleur de Sel for lunch with a friend who was visiting the city. We were looking for somewhere quiet, where we could sit as long as we wanted to, and be served good food in an un-distracting setting. That is exactly what Fleur de Sel is good for. The food is just like the decor-- clean, basic, and comfortable. While all was very good, the buttersquash soup with coconut foam was the high point-- would go back for that alone.

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166 out of 342 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful

By ncnyphile on 12/30/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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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302 out of 688 people found this review helpful.

French Culinary Art

By TOTO on 1/6/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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343 out of 712 people found this review helpful.

Outstanding service and hospitality

By matthijs on 7/3/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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65 out of 129 people found this review helpful.

Forget Paris!

By battousai on 4/20/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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166 out of 325 people found this review helpful.

Amazing, superb, wonderful!! Go there!

By anh40 on 11/12/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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223 out of 458 people found this review helpful.

As Good As It Gets

By alainie on 1/12/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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