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5 E. 20th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Fifth Ave.
The food was terrible
By sboggs on 12/31/2003
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.
Very disappointing boring food
By Rainie205 on 11/3/2005
This restaurant suffers from lovely presentation and no flavor. Service is uppety. Go to Union Square Cafe instead
poor service, non creative food
By Alex1983 on 11/28/2005
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.
Great Lunch Spot
By JMG on 1/29/2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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