123W 56th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.764244 -73.978494
Mon-Sat 12pm-3:30pm, 5pm-2am
Sun 10:30am-3:30pm, 5pm-12am
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
Charming French bistro with excellent food and great service – I was very pleased to find this cool little French bistro so close to Carnegie Hall, yet far enough away from the theaters that it isn't packed with pre-theater tourists. It's a romantic place with subdued lighting, tin ceilings, wood panelling and an authentic Gallic atmosphere. There are early 20th century French posters and photgraphs on the walls adding to the charm. The live vintage, pre-1940 jazz is a nice touch; I wouldn't be surprised to see the ghost of Django Reinhardt sitting at the bar! On the days or at the times that there is no band, there is good French music unobtrusively playing on the sound system. There is a long bar at the 56th street side which is great for a rendezvous, to meet friends, or just to listen to the live jazz. We have been here a number of times and found the service to be very attentive and prompt.
We have only had delicious meals at Seppi's. The Coq du vin was wonderful; my wife still talks about it. The mustard sauce on the chicken breast was so good we wished we could take home a jar. The steak au poivre was done to a turn, the quality of the meat very good indeed. The bread is a baguette sliced into pieces, and is crusty and delicious. The soups and salads are all excellent, as are the desserts.
They have a good wine list, and the selections are reasonably priced. They sell wine by the glass as well.
Seppi's is priced very fairly for a midtown French restaurant, especially in the Carnegie Hall area. Close to Central Park, Columbus Circle, Carnegie Hall, and many theaters. I rated Seppi's 5 stars, comparing it to similar restaurants in this part of NYC.
My wife and I have spent much time in France, and Seppi's is very much like one of the little out-of-the-way, Gauloise-smoke stained joints we would find so inviting after a late night out. This is a great place to take someone special for a romantic evening. I highly recommend this charming French bistro!
LOVE it. – It was my first time at Seppis and I can't wait to come back. The service was great! I had not one but two servers looking over me for anything I needed. Baby Chicken stuffed with mushrooms and potato gratin were great and the apple tart was perfect. Our party of six was well taken care of and everyone had great food. The steak Au Poirve with fries was the best I have ever tried and my friend almost wouldn't let me try it. All around great place.
UNCONCERNED – The most UN-caring service in New York, bar none. Over one hour to get appetizers, waiter couldn't have cared less. Another waiter got them for us then forgot about us. After one hour, 20 minutes promise by "manager" to "go downstairs and check on our order." Someone else got our dinner as we never did.
The bread was good, though. That was dinner.
Editorial Review – Midtown French bistro adjacent to Le Parker Meridien open for prix-fixe lunch, late-night dinner and Sunday brunch.
Good brasserie with period music – I've eaten at Seppi's a number of times and have always left satisfied. The prices run about $15 for light fare and $26 for a large dinner entree. A glass of house wine is between $9 and $12 and bottles begin at $28. Many times there is a clarinet and bass duo playing old standards from the 30s and 40s, which contributes to the nostalgic, French atmosphere. The food is solid brasserie fare. The clientele is well groomed. The wait staffs diligence is average. Among the classic Art Nouveau posters and drawings that adorn the walls is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln (were not yet sure why hes included). I like to enter through Le Parker Meridien entrance on 57th Street because the scale of the mirrored hallway will always impress out-of-towners especially following a concert at Carnegie. I would recommend making reservations for groups of four or more.
To be avoided – We were there for dinner on a Saturday evening. The restaurant was noisy, service was terrible, food very average. The bill of course was impressively large. Clearly one of those expensive hotel restaurants that are to be avoided at all cost...
The Worst Restaurant in New York City – I have lived in NYC for three years and have been too many amazing restaurants. This was far from one of the best I have been too. I have never had such terrible service, with completely tasteless food that is overpriced. The waiters were rude, the service was terrible, not mentioning the restaurant was empty. Gratuity was added to a three person party and the service did not even deserve a dollar tip. There was no servic!!!!! I would never recommend this restauarant to anyone!!!! Unless you like being ignored, served tasteless food and overpaying. I would have had better food and service at McDonalds!!!! This restaurant is a turist trap and any intelligent person, turist or NY native would not and should not be caught dead here!
Very cozy little place – Seppi's is a very friendly neighbohood feeling bistro with greta French bistro calssics. The desserts are also amazing. Don't miss the chocolate buffet in Sunday. The prices are not low but hey this is NYC. For the area the prices seem very reasonable. Seppi's is another little gem in Le Parker Meridan's crown, in order of my preference, Burger Joint, Seppi's and Norma's, enjoy them all.
A Perfect Hangout – I'm from Los Angeles, and whether I'm staying at the Parker Meridien or not, my NY hangout is Seppi's. You can eat at the bar and either snack or have a full meal. The mix of regulars and travelers are always up for a conversation, and the bartenders make you feel at home. And where else can you have dinner at 2AM after arriving from JFK?
Romantic – This is a very romantic, late night place. We had a bottle of wine, cheese, pate...and no one bothered us about having a full dinner, hurrying it up for the next seating....just a relaxed, wonderful atmosphere that has all the ingredients for romance.
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