5 E 20th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.739546 -73.990354
Neighborhoods: Flatiron District, Midtown
Say It Isn't So! – I heard through the grapevine that Fleur De Sel was closing...say it ain't true! We had lunch during Restaurant Week and while the place was packed, we managed to get a corner table that was cozy and intimate.
We started with the butternut squash soup with coconut foam and truffle oil. I'm not a huge fan of foams in food, but the coconut foam provided a nice complement to the butternut soup; we had to refrain from licking the bowl when the soup was finished.
The braised veal breast was next...and it was stellar. Luscious, fall-apart meat with a wonderful meaty flavor, it was like a potroast but much more elegant and subtle.
We finished with the bread pudding, which has a delicious brown-butter nuttiness that finished the meal perfectly. It is really too bad that Fleur De Sel is closing, we would recommend it anytime.
Solid and Well Priced - No Surprises (Good or Bad) – I recently had a pleasant lunch at Fleur de Sel and would recommend trying the three course tasting if you have the time to enjoy it - and you don't have to go far to get there. The restaurant itself is in a seemingly out-of-place speck of a building with a sweet facade that unfortunately doesn't translate to the mostly nondescript interior. The day I was there, it was almost full, but the noise level was very low at all times. I was seated at a comfortable table, allowed to linger - and, from the start to finish, the service was cheerful and helpful. The course options were a mix of vegetables, fish and meat, with two frozen dessert options to follow. Wines by the glass were a bit on the high side, starting at $12. Everything was well prepared, seasoned nicely and beautifully plated. You wont leave Fleur de Sel feeling like you've experienced anything new, and it's not the type of place you'd want to take a trendy client, or trendy anyone for that matter. What you will get is a nice meal that is very well priced at $29 - that doesn't wow you - but does reach the right notes on flavor and presentation. Take your time, sit back and savor the idea of being a regular here - like the guy with the martini, lunch and a book on the other side of the room that seemed to be enjoying himself immensely.
Small place, Big taste – I read a few reviews and I'll have to say the negative ones are very ridiculous. Everyone knows that when you dine during restaurant week the experience is not a normal one. I had dinner at Fleur de Sel a few times and I'll have to say that I've never been disappointed, the food is amazing, the service is outstanding and the little gift-wrapped cake the hostess gives you before you leave tastes like heaven the next day. If you really want the full on Fleur de Sel experience go for dinner or on a reg lunch day, where they offer a 3 course tasting for only $29.
great specials – LOVE Fleur de Sel. It has such great food. I love it every time I go and never have had a bad meal or a bad item. Their soups and salads are out of the world. The specials are always great and if you love pate, this is the place to go. They always season their dishes just right. I would recommend to anyone.
Miniscule portions – I have always wanted to go here and heard mixed reviews. Went today for restaurant week lunch. Not that impressed. Food was good, but could they spare a little more food for the price? As feared, my husband left hungry and was glad they gave you plenty of bread to fill up on. The pate, as the previous poster stated was the size of a domino piece. My salad was decent in size and tasted fine. I had the cod and it was very moist, but again maybe 5 inches by 1 /12 inches and 2 inches thick. Didn't really fill me up, but at least it was cooked well. It was presented with maybe 1/2 of an asparagus spear.The lamb crepe was good according to my daughter, but I caught my husband looking around to see where the bread was! Dessert portions were ample. Too bad the entrees weren't as big as the desserts. I can appreciate the quality of food, but come on...don't let me leave hungry! This was the first time I was in and out in less than an hour. For the money, go down the block to Grammercy Tavern.
Uptight Joke- Silly Food- Crazy Prices – I think I have figured out what's going on with these reviews. The good reviews must be from friends of the restaurant, the bad reviews are real diners. I agree 1000% with the bad reviews. "Frumpy" ambiance "miniscule" laughable portions, often bad tasting food and why go here when there are so many fabulous places nearby? The words that came to me and my friend to describe this place were "Uptight Joke" and "Silly Food". Agreed: they don't have any idea what to do with lamb. They serve insulting comical portions for pate (and apparently repulsive tiny smudges of fois gras) and change insane prices. All the servers are constipated. It seemed as if a bus had dropped off Japanese diners and some very old people, along with some innocent bystanders like ourselves for Restaurant Week. Corn soup: a nice tasting shallow froth with 1 flat sugar cube sized mystery "ravioli". A wedge of pate hardly larger than a Trivial Pursuit game piece, a tablespoon of salad and less than a finger of toast. I made the error of adding 2 starters a la carte- without knowing the prices. A $28 "lobster salad" was one small lobster claw on some thin slices of cucumber with less than a drizzle of dressing. Goat cheese ravioli was 5 postage stamp sized clots of cheese. A spring roll sized "lamb" dish tasted awful. The cod was about 4 inches by 1.5 inches. True, dessert was the nicest part of the meal again as others have said. Nice sorbets- but as they said, you could get that at any gourmet shop in the freezer case. Nice little blueberry crumble, almost like real food. I was waiting for the Candid Camera crew to pop up and admit this was a prank. The bill for 2 without alcohol- restaurant menu with two added starters was $102 before the tip. Also we had a stroller- which we had put in the reservation, and they made room for us but seemed overwhelmed. Just a complete rip-off and an embarrassment to the neighborhood. SO many great places- on the block. My advice: Pass.
Wonderful food, wonderful service – We have taken a large party for brunch - including kids - twice to celebrate family events. Both times the food was outstanding and the service was flawless. They accommodated us with grace and even went far out of their way to make the meal enjoyable for my 3 year old with multiple food allergies (special amuse bouche, special dessert). This place will always be special to me and I have great memories of two flawless experiences.
Avoid – Went there for a birthday dinner. The decor and service were excellent. The food was terrible. The 6 course tasting menu was one microscopic dish after another of well-presented, but boring and poorly prepared food. The duck and foie gras terrine came out as a tiny pinky nail sized lump of cold raw foie gras--absolutely disgusting because it looked and tasted like a liposuction product on a plate. The frogs legs were overcooked and dry and about as bad as you can possibly make frog legs. The veal loin and venison were plain and poorly cooked, served with sauces that did not complement. Honestly, I have not had such poorly prepared cuts of meat in a pub. The dessert was an assembly of nicely arranged sorbets and chocolates that could have been purchased straight from a gourmet grocery and dropped on a plate.
Good dinner and wines with nice ambience – I went to Fleur de Sel on friday night and the place was awesome. I was surprised to find this place small yet comfortable because I sort of expect it to be very big and crazily noisy. Everyone was very well dressed and to start off we had a bottle of nice red wine. This restaurant has a sommerlier which is good. After finishing the red wine we had a sparkling wine for my fiend as it was her birthday and it tastes very good. Our 3 course dinner was better than I had expected and the desserts were wonderful! We were also given a free plate of dessert. Our overall experience was excellent and were pleased with everything, except that the waitress was a little slow on taking our orders.
Abysmal Dining Experience – I had one of the worst dining experiences of my life in Fleur de Sel last night. My boyfriend and I came here for dinner to celebrate our anniversary, having been before for the lunch, which we enjoyed. We decided on the tasting menu with the wine paring. I don't even know where to begin. First off the service was horrible. Our waitress didn't even know any of the wines she was pouring us AND she would bring us our wine and the course wouldn't come out until half an hour later. It took almost 4 hours for her to bring us 6 measly portions. I think the lack in service had to do with the fact that the entire staff was focused on a table of 10 in the center of the restaurant. The table consisted of friends of one of the sous chefs, as he came out and said hello to everyone. Now, the Fleur de Sel I've known does not allow patrons to use cell phones so as not to disturb the other diners. This table got louder and louder which each sip of wine and were screaming profanities at the top of their lungs. My boyfriend had to ask me to repeat every sentence I said to him across our tiny two-seater table. Another table asked them to be quiet and one of the women stood up and yelled into the restaurant "I supposed we need to be quiet since you people only get to eat somewhere like this one in your lifetimes!!!!". The waitstaff stood around and giggled and the rest of the restaurant got dead silent. Other tables immediately cleared out and people did not even bother finishing their tastings. Now, any respectable restaurant would have ask this table to quiet down and would have apologized to all of the other guests and offered them a free glass of wine. I was literally shocked. And I couldn't even tell you what I ate as it was so unmemorable. I think there was a lobster dish which was alright. I will never be coming here again. Dont' waste your time- Veritas is right down the street and is miles better for the same price.
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