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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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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (90 reviews)
“duck” (25 reviews)
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CUISINES
French, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Food
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Value
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LOCATION
9 W 57th St, New York City, NY 10019-2701
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Reviewed 3 days ago

To start, I do want to say a bit about what I liked. The staff was very attentive. The ambience was warmly-lit, and there is an absolutely beautiful bar and cozy sitting area. But, on a Saturday night between 7-9PM, there were very few people...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank CodyShive
Reviewed 6 days ago

I am still thinking about the wonderful dinner, the elegant modern and stunning surroundings and the exceptional wait staff. Each time two wonderful people came to the table for whatever the task. I was invited to dinner by a cousin and a friend came also....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Mariette R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We’ve been here a couple of times before, and used to be wowed by the decor, and overall French mannered approach. Walking in, we noticed a gray, muted lighting - as though dinner wasn’t really ‘on’. The room was sparsely filled, albeit early on this...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Lisapitza
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

New Year’s Day we went for lunch Lovely ambiance Buffet Excellent Reasonable Sunday brunch $36 menue Had a good time

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Marilyn b
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went to Brasserie 8 1/2 for dinner on his birthday. We love this place, have been there many times. This time we both got the prix fixe, and we both had the cassoulet, which was incredible. Our server was Lise (sp?)....More

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

Thank-you for taking the time to share your dining experience at Brasserie 8 1/2 - Look forward to seeing you both on your next visit. Happy Belated Birthday! Ken Gordon GM

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we have been here for briunch many times and keep going back the only compaint was bagels did no seem freash, everything else on the gbuffet was very good we hav enotfound another buffet sunday brunch in Manhattan exceppt in hotel. This is only 35...More

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Brasserie 8 ½ Sunday Brunch . As the General Manager of the restaurant all guest comments are forwarded to me for review and follow-up. I’m disappointed to hear comment on the Bagels...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

the food at Brasserie 8.5 is always very very good. It is a wonderful pace for a quiet lunch and the booths are all very private. Most extraordinay, however, is that they have a $29 fixed price lunch that is an incrediible deal. Today I...More

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

Dear Carl, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Brasserie 8 ½ Lunch. It was a pleasure to read your comments (Every detail is attended to) and I wanted to express my sincere thanks. We're all very grateful for your...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here for Sunday Brunch. The food was good (We also came here last year), the service was not great; besides the host (tall women, blonde hair, always smiling). Our server was barely around and did not say much to us. And $6 for...More

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Brasserie 8 ½ Sunday Brunch. 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 server was slow and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a party of 4 & really enjoyed our lunch here. The menu has a nice mix of selections along with specials. It's a very spacious dining room & the noise level was low. Now the food, it was very good. Soups were excellent....More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank jclinden07
Ken G, General Manager at Brasserie 8 1/2, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks 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 to...More

Reviewed December 14, 2018 via mobile

We had several recommendations for Brasserie 8 1/2. They were right. The atmosphere was wonderful, quiet and laidback. Our server was great and had recommended dishes that were spot-on. We celebrated my wife’s birthday here and it was perfect. We will make this a regular...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank PaulO620
Ken G, General Manager at Brasserie 8 1/2, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear H. Bird, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Brasserie 8 ½. It was a pleasure to read your comments (This is a hidden gem-Highly recommended) and I wanted to express my sincere thanks. We're all very grateful for...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
Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
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>  > Manhattan
  • Neighborhood: Manhattan
  • 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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