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Brasserie 8 1/2
Brasserie 8 1/2

Brasserie 8 1/2 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.brasserie812.com
  • Phone: (212) 829-0812
  • 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: French, Contemporary French / American, European
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "I could not say it enough, this was absolutely great. Even if I tried to find fault there was none. The staff was so friendly and accommodating even answering my 8 year old grandsons questions and listening to his jokes. They table cleaned as soon as a plate was empty. There was so much food to choose from, there was something for everyone. It was my Daughters birthday and I received the best compliment from her. She was very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed herself. Thank you for everything. I will be back again and again. Oh yes and great shopping in the area. We took a stroll through Central Park after eating so much we needed to walk it off."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Our first time experience was truly outstanding. We have eaten at some of the best restaurants in NY, and Brassery 81/2 ranks right up there. Our waiter was very friendly, and I can't say enough about the food. My wife had duckling, and I had spiced monk fish. And the macaron --- Wow!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Thanks or a sensational meal -- apps, entrees, desserts, ALL fabulous. Brasserie 8 1/2 always impresses us - this time, we took 4 friends and they all raved about their meals. Ambience was terrific too since we were all able to have a conversation without noise/interruption. Service was excellent throughout entire meal and we were not rushed at all. Thank you again!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "it is a very nice place to have dinner with boyfriend, and the food there is very good ,especially the desert"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had the loveliest lobster salad, super refreshing, and filled with lots of delicious, fresh crunch. The service was really considerate, and the menu had lots of great options."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Jeffrey, the welcoming and ever-so-helpful host, sets the tone for this restaurant. Its comfortable booths and banquettes make it the perfect place for a business lunch or a refuge during a day of shopping. I often order the chicken Chop Chop salad when I am watching my weight, but there is heartier fare for those who wish it. It is my go-to place for midtown lunches."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The ravioli was still cold even though it was sent back to the kitchen already & my sister was very disappointed. I celebrated my birthday that night & it was like an ordinary dinner. In my reservation, I indicated that it's my birthday. It would have been nice if they have decorated my paid dessert with greetings & put a candle on it. Just a simple touch will make a difference."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Went to Brasserie 8 1/2 for dinner with one of my friends. It was French Restaurant Week and she had heard good things about it so I booked a reservation for us. It was a great choice. The food was very tasty (my steak was cooked perfectly medium well) and the wine was a Cabernet which paired well with the steak. Overall, we were both very pleased. Would definitely go there again."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The Chef is French and you can not go wrong with anything you order.Everything was great.Reasonably priced and good atmosphere to."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Wonderful ambiance. Staircase may be difficult to negotiate for elderly or disabled. Lounge is comfortable and tastefully arranged. Dining area warm and inviting. Food was very good overall. Portions were reasonable without being overabundant. Duck excellent. Lobster a bit over cooked in warm lobster salad. Filet mignon was tender but served without spices or flavor enhancers. Drink selection and wine list offered great variety. Wait staff and servce was outstanding. Very accommodating in suggesting alternative menu choices for diet restrictions. Prices were reasonable. Had a memorable dining experience. Worth a return trip."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The Sunday brunch at Brasserie 8 1/2 is such a solid deal. The food is consistently good, and the choices varied! I wouldn't call it a foodie's place but if you have a large group in town, perhaps family or a good-sized group of friends, then you can't go wrong bringing them here for Sunday brunch! The place itself is spacious; the wait-staff very attentive, and very kid-friendly as well!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Slow kitchen and cold food. Wait staff slow to appease and alleviate the 45 min wait for main course."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Thank you. Very good experience and plan to return."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "As a refugee from the now-discontinued Waldorf-Astoria Sunday Brunches, I am glad to have found a worthy replacement for special occasions, like birthdays. And, it's affordable (which the Waldorf was not)."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "There was a party with loud children dining there when I was (25 people at the party). When I complained about the noise the manager both asked the hostess of the party to quiet the children and offered champagne to my party (3) in apology. That is being responsible as a restaurant manager."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We has a wonderful evening. Service was good and food excellent. Great fined in N.Y.Pricing for N. Y. good buy."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We have been to Brasserie 8-1/2 several times for Sunday brunch and are never disappointed. The food is very good and the desserts are amazing. The staff is very attentive and we frequently meet with friends for brunch. No matter how crowded the resaurant may be, we never have been rushed."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had been here before for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and was disappointed this time. Food was average, lukewarm and sitting around (we went for Sunday brunch buffet) but it was like a cafeteria with the price of an upscale restaurant."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Each Sunday this beautiful restaurant has a fine all-you-can-eat brunch that has enough choices to satisfy anyone. I love the Eggs Benedict-always prepared perfectly. The smoked salmon is always fresh. The carvings, usually turkey and roast beef and ham are just deelish. And keep it quiet but they have the most outrageous mac & cheese that I just cannot resist. Of course there are omelets as you like and many salads and all the breakfast trimmings as well as fruits and some heartbreaking deserts too. I say heartbreaking because my lovely spouse won't allow me to wolf down all that i want."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Brunch on Sunday is really great, with various possibilities to eat (also for veggies) : eggs/different styles, egg Benedict, sausages, bacon, fruits, salads, vegetables, lox, granola, yogurt, and a lot of sweets"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant mainly because it had appeared in a favorite television show of one membrane of our party. It's not what I would call an intimate setting and I could easily picture it as a disco but we had a lovely meal served with attention to detail. Duck breast was cooked perfectly and the beef lover in our group thought her steak was one of the best she had ever eaten. Would go again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "What a great time we had! Finally a place where you can have a conversation! Tables are not jammed together, so you can enjoy a nice conversation! Food was delicious, well prepared, perfect crabcakes and very good seared tuna. Service was very attentive. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We always have a great experience here. Service beyond exceptional and food is always perfect. This is a great place to try -- once you do you will come back again and again."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Food was good, but not great. Lamb cooked not perfectly to temperature ordered. Bacon macaroni and cheese was very good."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "So its good for business lunches, last minute lunches as there is always a table. Great service and food."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "8 1/2 was recommended by our concierge. Upon arrival we were greeted at the top of the stairs, and from that point onwards always made to feel most welcome. I had the salmon and my husband the sea bass. Both of us really enjoyed our meals. The wine list was also reasonable priced. The service was very friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Sunday brunch is $32 for all you can eat (excluding beverages). The space is really beautiful, with a dramatic staircase. There are also a few stairs between the dining area and the buffet, which is worth knowing if you can't do stairs. The food was really good, and our server was very attentive without being intrusive. Several families were there, as well as couples and small groups. Thumbs up!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Brasserie 8-1/2 is our favorite place for Sunday Brunch whenever we are in Manhattan. Food is great, atmosphere terrific and the wait-staff friendly and attentive. Restaurant is attractively decorated - You could not ask for a better environment to relax and enjoy a variety of selections; carving and omelet stations, breakfast and lunch choices, salads, shrimp, salmon right down to a beautiful dessert array. It is the best!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Food was really only so-so, especially the bouilliabaise, the Friday special. Somehow it was topped with an overcooked, browned shrimp--possibly oleft over from another dish. And pricey for what it was. Must admit the duck looked good, but I didn't get to taste it."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great experience. Lovely service and presentation. Nice atmosphere. Good food. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This is a fantastic spot for lunch. The staff and food are fantastic. The restaurant is quiet and spacious. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Good food and service. Prices typical for mid town. It's a rare change in NYC to have a big room with a high ceiling and tables spread pretty far apart. Ambiance was very nice and one can have a private business conversation. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We were here in January and although food was excellent service was awful. Decided to give it another go and glad we did. Everything was perfect....food, service....the works....we will be back again :-)"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "FANTASTIC. FOOD EXTRAVAGANZA.;LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT VISIT, PLEASE OPEN ONE IN LA J0LLA,CA.EXQUISITE PRESENTATION OF CULINARY MASTERPIECES,SERVERS ATTENTIVE & CARING. ,HOWEVER ..WAITRESS NEEDS DISCIPLINE IN ATTENTION TO NEEDS OF DINERS. .. SHE WAS NOT ATTENTIVE BUT GENTLEMEN SERVERS WERE PROMPT,EFFICIENT,CARING.THE LEFTOVERS OF MY HANGAR STEAK WERE AS TEMPTING TO HAVE NEXT DAY AS WERE THE ORIGINALS.. HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN "SOON" LENOREKAPLAN@GMAIL.CO,"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "This is the best buffet I have been to in a long time. For brunch they have everything you can ever think of wanting. Omelet bar, waffle bar, dessert bar, a line of salads and other stations leave you with so many great choices you don't know where to start. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Average buffet brunch. Not expensive and probably great if you have kids in NYC. Not much if you are a couple and looking for a Sunday brunch experience. Ran out of some items, hot foods cold, no alcohol before 12."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Found 8 1/2 a few months ago. Returning several times later we find the standards and service consistent. Food always outstanding. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "It's not fair sometimes to write a review when you like a place as much as we do . But perhaps this review will encourage people to try it. It's not a scene if that's what you're looking for so all you B and T people go to Tao downtown. But if you want a outstanding meal , paired with great wine choices at reasonable prices with excellent service , this is the place for you. The ambiance is beautiful and you can actually hear the dinner conversation across the table without shouting. Amazing ! From the minute you walk down the spiral staircase to the minute you leave you keep saying " how come I never knew about this place ". I'm almost tempted to keep it a secret but that's not fair to the rest of the you. Go once just to see if I'm right"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I have been dining at Brasserie 8-1/2 for many years. One thing I love about having dinner there is that it is not a loud, noisy venue. I don't want a "scene". I want great food and service in an elegant, quiet setting. The booths are spacious, comfortable and provide excellent privacy. A superb choice for a special occasion or business dinner. The food never disappoints, presented beautifully and artistically, and the service is always impeccable without being haughty. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I've always enjoyed this restaurant. I love the location, the décor, and the food. I find it wonderful and quiet for intimate dinners especially if you have a round booth. Also we were there for The Loire Valley Wines restaurant week and we really enjoyed it, especially the Muscadet wine that I ordered. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to friends."
    Dined on 5/13/2014