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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The lobster salad was all lobster and no salad. It would have been better with more greens."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The place is great for any type of the occasions. Friendly and excellent service."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "It was just ok. The omelet was ok nothing special."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great place with excellent food choices.Tried the Long Island duck breast with Sauvignon Blanc -> exquisite."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We have eaten here regularly over the past years. We use the restaurants for celebrations, sometimes just for a quiet place for dinner, and sometimes because we can get a last minute reservation. We have always had a good meal in a lovely setting. This past week we were two needing a place for conversation and good food. Both of us had superb fish dishes. The appetizer wasn't as wonderful and the desert not worth ordering. The Martinis were well made and the service a little to relaxed but still appropriate. Go for the totality of the package and you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We've very much enjoyed eating here before, for both dinner and scrumptious brunches, but coming during restaurant week we were a little disappointed by both the food and the service. I understand that reduced-price three-course menus are bound to be a little mass-produced and that servers would prefer the tips that come with ordering off the menu, but restaurants should either be prepared to make the best on both scores or not do restaurant week at all. As it was, our food was blander than usual, the dessert lacking, and the service a bit snitty. We still like the place and consider it a hidden gem for dinner (when it tends to be much emptier than the food and price would suggest, due to location). But avoid it for restaurant week."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food is consistently delicious. The waitress made great recommendations based on our cravings."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Located subterranean in a beautiful building 8. 1/2 is very elegant, the food very good as was the waitstaff. But the temperature was Very cold which made the dining somewhat unpleasant."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We had an amazing meal. The wait staff was really friendly and professional. The food was outstanding. The filet mignon was better than most steak places I've been to recently, and the duck was excellent. The ambiance of the restaurant and overall experience continues to be great every time I go."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I have been dining here with a friend, who loves coming here, for about five years. We come on birthdays, restaurant week and any other occasion we can think of. Think for the price it is great."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We loved the fact that the restaurant was quiet enough that we had no problem hearing each other. There was space between the tables...so we felt that we had some privacy. The food was excellent!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is a very pleasant restaurant near upscale shopping and easy to find. We visited on Saturday for lunch at noon. One of our group was disabled and couldn't walk down stairs. we used an elevator in the building where the security guard had to give us directions. Once inside, we found bright, modern surroundings with the hallway and dining room walls decorated with beautiful Matisse cutouts and paintings. Noise levels were low, service was good, the menu was sufficiently varied and the food was excellent. We surely will return."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Everything was perfect. I was a little bummed that it wasn't full. I wish it would've been filled with more people."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "we love this place. food is interesting and unique without being overly precious or pretentious. staff always just the right balance between invisible and engaging. booths make it possible to have great conversations."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food and wine were of a very high quality. My only criticism was the additional charges on the fixed menu. What is the point of a fixed menu when 2 of the items have additional charges."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Descending a heavily worn but once plushly carpeted sweeping staircase to be welcomed by Matisse's and a wickedly long, luminous bar that guides you into the spacious restaurant, lined with leather buttoned booths and super keen and courteous wait staff, what's not to like? The restaurant week dinner menu was both generous and tasty, the wine list extensive and delectable and the only minor catch was that the wait staff were just a little too attentive for my liking, approaching the table far too often to ask if "everything is ok"."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Food used to be better at this restaurant. The food served that evening was mediocre, it wasn't memorable and portion size is small for eg the lobster bouillabaisse was like an appetizer portion. Definitely not 4 star dining"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I went to the Brasserie 8 1/2 with a few lady friends of mine. The ambience was pleasant with lots of sunshine from above. Food was authentic French and meticulously prepared. Waiting staff was excellent, too. They were always ready hovering somewhere, but never intrusive. They were visible yet invisible. What is most amazing was its quiet interior. I go to many restaurants in Midtown, and feel disturbed by the noise especially during a busy lunch hour. But Brasserie 8 1/2 was serene and pleasantly quiet. It was full of guests. Somehow tables are well arranged so that we never hear the next table. I would highly recommend this restaurant for all kinds of occasions. I can imagine a dinner with children would be nice, too."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "after visiting a local photo gallery, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch and would highly recommend the resturant."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Took advantage of Restaurant Week specials. Do not normally frequent restaurants of this caliber but would certainly return for a special occasion. Meal, service, ambiance could not have been better."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "West there for lunch before a matinee performance. I informed the hostess who immediately informed the wait staff. The service was courteous, efficient, pleasant, and prompt so we made the curtain time. We loved the food. I had the tomato heirloom salad and the trout. My lunch companion had the Asian salad. We were both very happy with our choices, I will be definitely be going bacl."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Works of art worthy of a museum, hang in this truly beautiful restaurant. Tables are spaced far enough apart to allow for conversation. Great food (best duck breast I've had in years) and lovely service. What more could anyone want."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Restaurant week gave us an excellent opportunity to sample this lovely brasserie on 57th street. The portions were more than adequate and all the food was well prepared and served beautifully. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I've been to so many buffet style restaurants. What makes Brasserie 8 1/2 so good for brunch and a stellar buffet setting is they have structured the food in miniature or reduced portions so that you actually can eat a smattering of all the dishes without over-eating and feeling bloated. The desserts are worth the entire trip."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Food was delicious, great menu, staff was very friendly"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We love the ambiance, which allows for normal conversation. The food is not quite up to what it used to be (especially the fish that I've had recently) but it's still one of our favorite places."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Although the patrons were chatting and the noise level somewhat elevated, I was sitting at a booth which dampened the din of the rest of the tables. So if you go with a group you can feel free to talk and have a great time while at the same time couples can have a more private meal at a booth while still in the same space. Our waiter was terrific, and helped recommend a wine for my daughter and was very attentive in general. Good food. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food was great but the ambiance was lacking. It has a very corporate feel. It felt like i was dining in a office building lobby. Maybe if were seated in a booth we would have a different opinion but we were not grooving on the space. The food however was very good. Unfortunately, because of the ambiance and interior, we will not be rushing back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great location, great service and decor. The place was a bit empty in the middle of restaurant week, however it was the perfect place to have a lovely dinner and long conversation with friends. The semi-private booths keep noise at bay- even with a large group two tables away from us, our convesration was never interrupted and kept it private. The booths are great for a date or small group of friends. Will be back"
    Dined on 7/25/2014