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Oh no! Fleur de Sel is closing!

Deenso Feb 4, 2009 11:16 AM

According to today's New York Times, Cyril Rennaud is closing his wonderful, Michelin-starred Fleur de Sel in order to concentrate on his more casual (lower-priced) new spot, Bar Breton. Don't know about the rest of you, but I'm terribly disappointed. Don't get me wrong - Bar Breton is good, but I've really enjoyed dining at Fleur de Sel over the years and will miss it. I guess Cyril didn't want to disappoint all the lovers who'd booked for Valentine's Day, though, so they're staying open until the 21st.

Sad, but I understand that people really don't want that kind of white-tablecloth, formal French restaurant anymore. Actually, I *don't* understand it. And Fleur de Sel was like a fancy-schmancy-French-gourmet-restaurant lite - a compromise for those who feel that it's too much to ask that gentlemen wear a jacket, much less a tie, and remove their baseball caps in the dining room.

Oh, lordy, lordy. I've become my grandmother!

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    kobetobiko RE: Deenso Feb 4, 2009 11:23 AM

    Hi Deenso,

    I was just about to post this news and here you had it. I was heart-broken. A lot of my early French dining memories in Manhattan happened in Fleur de Sel. I still haven't found a foie gras serving that was as big as the one I had at Fleur de Sel. Their Brittany apple crepe remains to be one of my favorite desserts. I feel really sad.

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      MMRuth RE: kobetobiko Feb 4, 2009 11:26 AM

      Oh dear - that's one of the places that I always meant to try, but haven't.

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        Deenso RE: MMRuth Feb 4, 2009 11:27 AM

        You still have time...

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          kobetobiko RE: MMRuth Feb 4, 2009 11:27 AM

          MMRuth,

          You still have time. Please please go before they close. You don't want to miss one of NY classics.

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            MMRuth RE: kobetobiko Feb 4, 2009 11:30 AM

            RGR is going to be devastated ;-). I'll try to try it!

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              kobetobiko RE: MMRuth Feb 4, 2009 11:38 AM

              Hi MMRuth,

              In fact the first person I thought of when I heard the news was RGR. I was going to post the title as "RGR! Fleur de Sel is Closing! What to do?"

              But deenso beat me to the posting.

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                LeahBaila RE: kobetobiko Feb 4, 2009 12:41 PM

                Same here!!!

                www.thelunchbelle.com

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                floretbroccoli RE: MMRuth Feb 4, 2009 01:21 PM

                Yes. She's always made it sound so wonderful and accessible.

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            Deenso RE: kobetobiko Feb 4, 2009 11:29 AM

            I've got the recipe - actually sliced apples for him once! - and it does taste just as good when you make it at home as when you get it there. Want me to post it on the Home Cooking board?

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              ggbrock RE: Deenso Feb 4, 2009 11:55 AM

              This is really too bad. My sister used to work here. I agree, a first class French restuarant. Too bad everyone is going towards the "tapas" idea - good old fashioned classic dining will NEVER go out of style.

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                silencespeak RE: Deenso Feb 4, 2009 12:20 PM

                PLEASE post it. it's one of my favorite desserts in NY.

                Oh, such a shame that they're closing. It was a great restaurant and one of my favorite french choices in the city.

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                  Deenso RE: silencespeak Feb 5, 2009 10:58 AM

                  I just posted the recipe on the Home Cooking Board. It's really quite simple and fun for a dinner party.

                  Bon Appetit!

            2. famdoc RE: Deenso Feb 4, 2009 01:23 PM

              Agree that the caramelized Granny Smith apple crepe is one of NYC's premiere desserts.
              Let's hope Chef Renaud continues to offer it at Bar Breton.

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                TripChick RE: Deenso Feb 4, 2009 03:25 PM

                Nooo! I had veal breast there this past week and fell in love!

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                  michaelstl RE: Deenso Feb 4, 2009 04:26 PM

                  When I visited New York for the first (and only as of now) time, I wanted to have a special dinner. I looked at all the usual places online for recommendations and ideas. I eventually settled on Fleur de Sel as it fit my budget and style/atmosphere I was looking for. My fiancee and I had an amazing dinner and I'll never forget that evening and how great we felt when we stepped back outside and walked down the street. Fleur de Sel may not have ever been the best restaurant in New York and it will likely not end up as the best meal of my life, but I will never forget that meal and experience. I'm very disapointed that we'll never get to make a return visit.

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                    Lucia RE: Deenso Feb 4, 2009 06:30 PM

                    This is definitely a loss. The lunch menu is a great bargain, and I'll try to go before the 2/21 end date.

                    1. Spends Rent on Food RE: Deenso Feb 6, 2009 07:10 AM

                      Thanks for the heads up. I've been meaning to get there and my birthday is next week so I just made the reservation.

                      At least I'll be able to get there once before they close.

                      Thanks again, without you all I would have missed out forever.

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                        steakrules85 RE: Deenso Feb 6, 2009 09:02 AM

                        When is it closing? Official date is when>?

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                          kobetobiko RE: steakrules85 Feb 6, 2009 09:14 AM

                          closing on 2/21. But they are fully booked for that day, and I am guessing between now and then tables will be filled very quickly, so reserve as soon as you can!

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