Sel et Poivre Revisited

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ADDRESS: 853 Lexington Avenue

(Between 64th and 65th Streets)

New York, NY 10065

WEB SITE: www.seletpoivrenyc.com

TELEPHONE: (212) 517-5780

FAX: (212) 517-4785

HOURS: Lunch: 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.

Dinner: 4:00 PM – 10:30 PM, Mon.-Thurs.

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Fri.-Sat.

4:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sun.

Brunch: 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM, Sat.-Sun.

PRICE RANGE: Lunch (entrées): $12.95 – $29.95

3-Course Prix Fixe Lunch Menu: $19.95

2-Course Prix Fixe Lunch Menu : $15.95

Dinner (entrées): $14.95 – $32.95

3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner Menu: $29.95

Brunch:

1-Course Prix Fixe Brunch Menu

(With Mimosa or Bloody Mary

and coffee) $15.95 (Sat.-Sun.)

CUISINE: French Bistro

CREDIT CARDS: All major

DESIGNERS: Christian Schienle

Pamela Schienle

EXECUTIVE CHEF: Christian Schienle

WINE DIRECTOR: Christian Schienle

OWNERS: Christian Schienle

Pamela Schienle

OPENING DATE: June, 1989

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In our quest to review the newest and most trendy restaurant openings, let’s not forget New York’s heritage of charming family-run establishments. Whether they be American, ethnic or a charming French bistro such as Sel et Poivre (Above), they are worth revisiting, remembering and add focus to a constantly changing restaurant scene, where the venue or clientele is often the main feature.

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The stylish, sophisticated dining room is enhanced by a 12-foot high ceiling, candlelit wood tables with white linen tablecloths, The: Intimate, romantic ambiance includes leather and fabric-upholstered banquettes, classic wood bistro chairs, antique sconces, pale yellow walls,wood floors, classic mirrors, black-and-white framed family photos of international travels alongside prints from renowned European photographers, and mood lighting to create a classic Parisian bistro setting.

Owner/Chef Christian Schienle, formerly at L’Absinthe, is handsome, charming and prepares classic French bistro dishes with a refined, updated flair. He has created one of the most honest value-oriented bistros in Manhattan, which will celebrate its 25th birthday in June 2014.

Favored appetizers include crunchy Celery root remoulade with red beets, an intensely flavored Terrine de Foie Gras with red wine grapes, and wonderful, Escargots with garlic butter and herbs. For something lighter, try Cold Lobster salad with Avocado mousse and grapefruit coulie.

Go for the signature bistro classics in such delectable entrees as Brook Trout Almandine, Frog Legs a la Provencal, Pork Chop with Braised Onions and Apples in a heady calvados sauce with crispy herb roasted potatoes, tender, juicy Aged New York sirloin steak with Roquefort or Poivre sauce and crispy Duck a l’orange with wild rice. The Cassoulet is one of the best in the city and don’t miss the superbly elegant Frog legs in a pernod sauce, with wild mushrooms and basmati rice.

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Inquire about the daily specials such as (Friday) Cassoulet , (Saturday) Cous Cous Royal

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Go easy on the excellent warm baguettes. You want to save room for the terrific desserts.

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I loved the layered Chocolate Mousse, traditional Profiteroles and  light and  elegant Fresh Fruit Tart.  There is cheese and a nice selection of sorbets as well as a terrific molten chocolate cake.

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The 10-foot long custom-made L-shaped oak bar, located in the front of the Dining Room, features a predominantly French and American wine list with an international flair. It features handsome wood barstools. An impressive variety of wines are available by the glass. In addition, a premier selection of spirits,liquors, digestifs, dessert wines, imported beers,and classic cocktails are also available. The Lunch,Dinner, and Brunch Menus are available at the bar.

We found the cocktails well made and generous. Red wine glasses are attractive and large enough to allow wines such as the excellent  2010 CHATEAU LES HAUTES TUILERIES LALAND-DE-POMMEROL ($15.00, per glass) room to breathe. This is a fine red vintage wine from the Lalande de Pomerol region in Bordeaux France. Or splurge with a glass of Moet for just $14. The wine selection by the bottle is both well chosen and fairly priced.

Service and reception at the door and warm and friendly, so take our advice and revisit Sel et Poivre. If this your first time, you’re in for an affordable and eminently pleasant dining experience. A personal favorite!

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