Oh no! Fleur de Sel is closing!
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!
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.
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.
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.
This is definitely a loss. The lunch menu is a great bargain, and I'll try to go before the 2/21 end date.