Brasserie 8 1/2
Brasserie 8 1/2

Brasserie 8 1/2

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.brasserie812.com/
  • Phone: 2128290812x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Contemporary French / American, French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our catering menu for private events incorporates our critically acclaimed classic French cuisine with a modern twist, custom-designed menus to meet your needs, and an extensive, award-winning wine list of domestic and imported bottles.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th & 6th Ave.
  • Public Transit: SUBWAY
    F at 57th Street or E at 53rd & 5th Avenue
    N and R on 59th Street and 5th Avenue

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available at the garage next door.
A word from Brasserie 8 1/2
Brasserie 8 ½ achieves a delicate fusion of creativity and comfort, featuring a world-class art collection, adventurous haute French cuisine and a plush atmosphere. A luscious raw bar, Latin and Asian influenced dishes, succulent meats, and a dessert selection that is a world apart, artfully complement this glamorous setting.Visit our other great restaurants by clicking on the link below.


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Brasserie 8 1/2 reviews from OpenTable diners
185 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (86)fit for foodies (79)good for groups (62)romantic (52)great for lunch (50)neighborhood gem (47)great for brunch (37)notable wine list (23)kid-friendly (11)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The space here is one of its great assets, with the staircase descending... Feels like dining on the Queen Mary. Staff were welcoming.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite...
    DrJTFVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    spot for brunch in New York. If you want an elegant room, a magnificent buffet, and outstanding, service Brasserie 8 1/2 is the only place for brunch in New York. At the time whem so many places have given up Sunday buffets, this place maintains standards with all your favorites. Great omlettes and crepes, three carving boards, a plethora of salads, bagels and lox, fresh shrimp, paella, traditional breakfast fare, and a delicious array of desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Perfect!
    diniVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The folks at Brasserie 8 1/2 are so warm, friendly and accommodating. The ambiance is quiet and soul soothing, making it easy to have a conversation, and the food is just out of this world! Have been for both brunch and dinner and both are outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food far from tasty.
    Foodreview
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Tough food was presented nicely it was simply not tasty at all!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • slow service
    invrreview
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    the fish was really good, however the portion was lacking. Service was slow but we were there for a meeting so i guess that is not really too much of an issue
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Service was slow- a large bus tour group arrived when we did which was off putting; the rest of the restaurant was fairly empty. Food was salty.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet Bar and Dinner Scene
    rushbra
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Staff were friendly and accommodating. Food and cocktails were good. This ia a great place to have a dinner with friends, family, and business associates. The booths are spacious and conducive to socializing, but the atmosphere is subdued enough that you can hear one another talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food reasonable prices
    jis010
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great find. Leg of lamb $29. 3 course Prix fixe $38. Excellent food attentive aervice
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine experience for mature guests.
    Lions
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We needed to dine in Midtown West, and after reading the reviews, reserved. Upon making my open table reservation, I was prompted to subscribe to the dining group's communications and in return, receive a $50.00 birthday voucher. We were celebrating my birthday, coincidentally. We went on a Monday night, and the place was pretty deserted. After reading all the amazing reviews, I was surprised it was not bustling as other local establishments near by --even on a Monday. Service was outstanding from start to finish. Our waiter extremely knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. Personable as well. Patient. Professional service without attitude. Food was very good. Bar was beautiful. A wonderful evening all around.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lala1dinesVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Very spacious place that actually feels "lonely" with tables too far apart. There is a choice of a regular menu as well as 3 course pre-fixe which is advertised as a "restaurant week" menu available every day at affordable price ($38). My fish, Loup de Mer was so salty that I had to ask to replace it (which was done gracefully and quickly). Also available a "wine tasting" menu (set of three wines that one can choose for $23).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FrenchChef
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Exquisitely cooked dishes. Superb without being pretentious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not as great as last time
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been here several times before and have always enjoyed it. The service was great, as usual, and the ambiance is nice- alot of room between tables so we never feel cramped and it is never too noisy. The onion soup was good as was the lobster bisque. The risotto was good as well. The pate was disappointing and so was the soinach side order. The dessert, beignets, were the hight point !
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet and delicious
    JacquelineVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It's hard to find a delicious, quiet restaurant where you can enjoy a conversation. But this is it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oh So Terrific!
    CTGALVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    What more could be said? The space is spacious. Gorgeous art work on the walls and the illuminated wall between the kitchen and the restaurant. Luxurious semi-round booths for comfort and privacy. Not cramped tables as some bistros where you can't carry on a conversation. And that's just the venue. The food is exquisite. French influenced, but oh so wonderful. Fresh, creative, always surprisinginly pleasing. Kudos to Chef Franck Delatrain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Sunday Brunch
    food4thought
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    What a wonderful place for a Sunday brunch! The selection is wonderful and goes far beyond your typical Sunday brunch buffet. So much variety, and all very fresh, including made to order items. The service was very attentive (coffee and water refills), and most friendly. Will definitely recommend to friends and will return on our next visit. It is close to St. Patrick`s Cathedral (just a five minute walk).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome food.
    Shecksopinion
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary. The food was amazing. The service was outstanding. Very clear discription of foods and wine. Clearly the server knew the menu and wine list completely!!! Will definitely go again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Enjoyable
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was our second time at this restaurant and we enjoyed it as much. Once again we shared the tuna tartare appetizer which was excellent. We both had the duck breast. It was prepared perfectly. Stephen, our waiter, provided outstanding service. Our dining experience was made even better because I had a birthday coupon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Satisfaction guaranteed!
    40years
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were extremely pleased with the food and extraordinary service at this dining establishment! A true gem in NYC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    SherylVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Lunch here was a real treat. The restaurant is lovely and welcoming, and the food is just delicious. Chicken paillard was excellent, and the chop-chop salad was also good. The presentation is beautiful, and service is attentive and helpful. Would absolutely recommend.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience
    Gourmand
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner. The service was excellent, the food outstanding, and the entire experience what you hope for in a restaurant on a special occasion. It was a Sunday night, so not crowded, but we found it consistently exceeded our expectations. We were taking out of town foodies to the restaurant so were particularly pleased at how impressed they were with the food. We definitely recommend and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb food, peaceful ambience
    dehillerinVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Had a birthday dinner and great conversation (in conversational tones). No raised voices to compete with others. Plenty of diners, but well designed to keep the noise down. I think the food tastes better that way. PS One of the best creme brulees you'll find.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A restaurant where you can converse
    Richard45VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food is always creatively prepared, the service is attentive and the room is lovely. The noise level is moderate, and it is possible to hold a conversation, especially in one of the generously sized booths.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Edible Elegance
    ElsasolseatsVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Beautifully presented, delicious cuisine, professionally served in an elegant, expansive setting -- at fair price. A fine offspring of Patina, formerly ad memorably in West Hollywood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced and not delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I don't recommend this at all. Anything you order comes in a very small quantity. Moreover, it's not delicious. But the cost is almost 2-3 times as high as if you order in another high scaled restaurant. I don't recommend it at all.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PhiW
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Never fails to please. Fine dining and outstanding ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our yearly visit
    jojo
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    For the last 5 years we have gone to brunch here at Brasserie 8 1/2 on our anniversary weekend. Always super nice staff, delicious meal and great ambiance. It has never let us down. Will be there next year, God willing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great place, service and food excellent. Delicious lobster bisque that came with fresh lobster meat. It is a great place for any occasion. Nice bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for conversation
    MAOS
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    For NYC this was very economical without compromising location or quality. It had added plus of being able to have conversation with your friends. Service was very nice with a friendly and helpful waiter. My husband is a meat and potatoes type eater and our friend and I like healthy, fresh and creative food. We were all very happy with our selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Spot
    StacyMelinda
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My two friends and I went for restaraunt week summer 2014. We wanted to try a cuisine that was new to us. Some of the things on the menu were strange so we stuck to what we new...which is kind of contradictory actually..never the less, it was delish. Our waiter was very nice. The food was interesting. I really have no complaints. We were the only ones in the place at the time. Except for maybe one or two other parties.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My all time favorite
    neighborVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    No matter what the occasion,this is a wonderful place for everyone,especially a senior who doesn't like noise…Younger diners like the Bar..the etchings and painting and lever are beautiful….The food is always good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!
    JoeLee
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The restaurant occupies a rather big area and the lighting is dim, but the servers are all extremely friendly and easy to get along with, especially a waiter by the name of Norman. The filet mignon was exquisite and cooked to perfection, and the chocolate dessert was fantastic as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant week lunch
    Lovely
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to Brasserie 81/2 for the restaurant week lunch. We were called the morning of to confirm our reservation. We arrived exactly on time and our table set for two at a large booth was waiting for us. The entrance down to the dinning area and lounge was spectacular. It reminded me of the elegance of the 1930's Hollywood. Very bright and airy. We ordered drinks and given time to select our appetizers, entrees and dessert. We ordered the tomatoes medley salad, duck patte, grilled chicken with fried zucchini flower and the steak with mushroom sauce. All DELICIOUS!!!! Very beautifully presented and a nice sized portion. The desserts were cherry Black Forest cake and mousse and peach tart with vanilla ice cream. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The place to have a good dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food is good and service is very good. We loved the steak and duck breast. The bread is cold, may need to warm them a little. Overall, this is a place for a good dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Vibe
    Monica
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Brasserie 8 1/2 was a great find from reading up about NYC restaurant week. The service was truly outstanding, and the food was of a high standard. The dishes were well thought out and looked great. My lobster was incredibly fresh. The space is big but with enough private nooks and crannies for those who want privacy. Also the decor is very quirky, it has a 1960's feel about it featuring a truly magnificent bar and a wonderful grand sweeping staircase. All in all we were very pleased to have chosen Brasserie 8 1/2 to dine in.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • impeccable service
    alexisny
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    the food was delicious, escargot was havenly and filet mignon was perfect! we were a little pressed with the time and our waiter made sure the food arrived on time making our unfortunately short stay very pleasant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SherylVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Step down the spiral stairs and you are transported. The dining room is lovely, and the RW lunch was outstanding. Pate was tasty; others enjoyed the heirloom tomato salad. Trout was delicious! One diner had the cobb salad which came creatively and beautifully presented. Cherry dessert was crazy good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYCFoodie1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The lobster salad was all lobster and no salad. It would have been better with more greens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mrjsyreef
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A spacious, modern upscale French restaurant that reminds me of MOMA. A great ambiance for a special occasion. The wait staff are gracious and courteous. I was impressed with the thoughtful food presentation and skilled demonstration of technique.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Experience was good.
    Maur
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The Brasserie 8 1/2 is an attractive restaurant with a popular bar. Very modern and a little on the noisy side. Food was good but portions were sparse. Service was good. It was a nice experience, but I don't think I'll be rushing back anytime soon. I would, however, consider going for drinks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The place is great for any type of the occasions. Friendly and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.