Sel et Poivre has the beautiful bistro vibe down. Pale-yellow walls are hung with evocative black-and-white streetscapes. Pureed red snapper and sea bass blend with a tangy tomato broth to make a full-bodied soup. The accompanying plate of homemade croutons, rouille and shreds of Swiss cheese come with charming instructions from the waiter: “Spread ze sauce on ze crouton, top wees fromage, and float in ze soup like leetle boats.” The mushroom-leek risotto is rich and dense and tastes subtly of dry white wine; the sautéed skate au beurre noir is similarly flavorful and luxurious. The $27 prix fixe includes three courses—no substitutions. That’s okay; the splendid chocolate mousse is included.
Sel et Poivre
|Venue name:||Sel et Poivre||Contact:|
853 Lexington Ave
|Cross street:||between 64th and 65th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri noon–10:30pm; Sat, Sun 11:30am–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lexington Ave–63rd St; 6 to 68th St–Hunter College|
|Price:||Average main course: $18. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|