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Brasserie 8 1/2

9 W 57th St, New York City, NY 10019-2701
+1 212-829-0812
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (87 reviews)
“duck” (25 reviews)
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CUISINES
French, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
9 W 57th St, New York City, NY 10019-2701
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Reviewed yesterday

I held my 60th birthday brunch on a sunday in Dec in a private room. The restaurant was crowded and noisy but the private room was a delight! Service was outstanding. We had our own wait staff for my 19 guests. The food was over...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Alaskafan88
Reviewed 2 days ago

Usually reviews are meant for once you've already experienced a restaurant , its food , service and general atmosphere. This review is a preamble to my Christmas lunch I will be having with my wife on 25 December 2018. What drew me to this restaurant...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank David B
Ken G, General Manager at Brasserie 8 1/2, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi David, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive comments on our Christmas Day Menu. Look forward too your highly anticipated Christmas lunch and we will do our best to exceed your expectations Ken Gordon GM Brasserie 8 1/2 .

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a large group and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals The restaurant is down a grand staircase and is spacious with booths lining the walls The sound level allows for easy conversation There is an amazing prix fix menu in addition to specials and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank daylilly50
Ken G, General Manager at Brasserie 8 1/2, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Brasserie 8 ½ . It was a pleasure to read your comments and I wanted to express my sincere thanks. We're all very grateful for your patronage and truly look forward...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we were expecting an intimate french brasserie. instead found an over slick lower level large and rather off-putting atmosphere. not many lunch patrons. service was uninspired, food not very good - except for an excellent desert. wouldn't return...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank dl5490
Ken G, General Manager at Brasserie 8 1/2, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Brasserie 8 1/2 .As the General Manager of the restaurant all guest comments are forwarded to me for review and follow-up. I’m disappointed to hear 8 1/2 did not meet your expectations....More

Reviewed October 8, 2018

had oysters @$1 and nice glass of wine. cannot beat the ambience and oysters @$1 were perfect. highly recommend for an early start in Midtown ManhattanMore

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank LARRYOTTER
Ken G, General Manager at Brasserie 8 1/2, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Dear Larry, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Brasserie 8 ½ . It was a pleasure to read your comments and I wanted to express my sincere thanks. We're all very grateful for your patronage and truly look forward...More

Reviewed September 25, 2018

The restaurant is attractive, very cosmopolitan looking with excellent service and a quality menu. In particular, they have an annual Fall BYOB lobster event, and at $39 you get an amuse bouche, appetizer and one of 4 lobster entree choices including delicious surf and turf....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank alanaQ2797WY
Ken G, General Manager at Brasserie 8 1/2, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2018

Dear Alan, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Brasserie 8 ½ Lobster promotion. It was a pleasure to read your comments ( Highly recommended for a special evening out.) and I wanted to express my sincere thanks. We're all...More

Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

I asked for a butter knife for the COLD bread we were given, apparently (in a French restaurant) you use your starter knife. Never known that to be the case anywhere in France. Was told by the general manager he said he didn’t want to...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Leanne B
Ken G, General Manager at Brasserie 8 1/2, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2018

Dear Leanne, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Brasserie 8 ½ Monday Dinner September 24. I would like to apologize for my comment which was meant in humor , but offended you.. That surly was not my intent, I visited...More

Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

We said we would say it and we are. Our waitress this evening, Sarah, is a credit to the restaurant and made our evening. We went for the first time, as staying at the Hilton Club on 57th the Brasserie was a short walk and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank ChrisMellor14
Ken G, General Manager at Brasserie 8 1/2, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2018

Dear Christopher, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Brasserie 8 ½ Sunday Dinner 9/23/18. It was a pleasure to read your comments and I wanted to express my sincere thanks. We're all very grateful for your patronage and truly...More

Reviewed September 7, 2018

I've been going to Brasserie 8 1/2 off and on for about three years, ever since the sad demise of its former partner restaurant The Brasserie on East 53d which was my go-to place for many years. And there's a lot to like here, especially...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Geoffrey L
Ken G, General Manager at Brasserie 8 1/2, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2018

Dear Geoff, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Brasserie 8 ½ Wednesday Dinner September 5ft . As the General Manager of the restaurant all guest comments are forwarded to me for review and follow-up. I’m disappointed to hear your comments...More

Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Delicious brunch! They had everything from basic bacon and omelettes to meat and pasta. I also recommend the all you can drink mimosa deal. I will definitely return for brunch here and highly recommend it!More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank antoniak676
Ken G, General Manager at Brasserie 8 1/2, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2018

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Brasserie 8 ½ Sunday Brunch. It was a pleasure to read your comments (I will definitely return for brunch and highly recommend it ) and I wanted to express my sincere...More

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GrandTour39565120091
November 22, 2018|
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Response from onemachies | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is. The restroom, however is half way up the beautiful staircase, so a person needing the bathroom would need to climb some stairs.
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lorna234
July 23, 2018|
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Response from Richard K | Reviewed this property |
Book, by all means. Why risk disappointment?
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gohtrojans
April 18, 2016|
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Response from Sapo59 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think spending extra bucks on private room is necessary. Unless you plan to write it off.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$31 - $80
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 W 57th St, New York City, NY 10019-2701
    (5th & 6th Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: SUBWAY F at 57th Street or E at 53rd & 5th Avenue N and R on 59th Street and 5th Avenue
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-829-0812
Description
Brasserie 8 ½ is a stylish French restaurant just steps from Fifth Avenue on 57th Street. Chef Franck Deletrain deftly upgrades dishes from the brasserie repertoire, offering sophisticated French cuisine amidst original artwork by Léger, Matisse and others favored by the Louvre. Guests enter by way of a grand, sweeping, spiral staircase and dine on white tablecloths in plush dining rooms. Choose beloved classics with a new light touch like Lobster Bouillabaisse, or splendid plates of beef such as Cote du Boeuf with Sauce Bordelaise. For business or pleasure, Brasserie 8 ½ offers an enticing, modern slice of la belle époque and all its spécialités, from Kir Royales to Seafood Plateaux and Crème Caramel.
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