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Brasserie Cognac East
963 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10021
Upper East Side
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Brasserie Cognac East Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Brunch 10am - 4pm
Dinner nightly: 4:00pm - 12:00am
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French, Contemporary French, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Florian V. hugo
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
A word from Brasserie Cognac East
Restaurateurs Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato brought their love for French culture and cuisine to New York City by giving the Big Apple an authentic slice of France when they opened Brasserie Cognac de Monsieur Ballon in April 2008. They have partnered once again with Executive Chef Florian V.
Hugo to bring the concept to this charming upper east side neighborhood. The Brasserie style menu combines French classics with Chef Hugo"s modern creations. Guests can choose to dine in the outdoor sidewalk café, classic main dining room, lively bar/lounge or the private Cognac Room as they enjoy meals complimented by over 85 varieties of cognac and a gorgeous wine list including first-growth Bordeaux and Burgundies and an extensive wine by the glass list.
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The service was terrible. It was
like the whole team was brand new. I may try again, but not likely. Food is only marginal."
Dined on 3/6/2014
Nice cozy ambience and food is
good but don't order the braised beef. There were more potatoes then beef. The filet mignon burger was definitely good and the fries, yummy. If you like dessert, the profitoroles were delish. It's the ambience that makes the place special."
Dined on 2/25/2014
My husband and I had walked past
this restaurant many times and were so pleased that we finally made a reservation and had a delicious, unhurried dinner. We highly recommend this restaurant. The portions are the correct size and every item was cooked to perfection. If you enjoy a little bit of Paris in New York this restaurant is for you."
Dined on 2/21/2014
The maitre'd greets you with
warmth and charm. That sets the tone. Since we are old and usually with deaf seniors, we adore the alcove table upstairs. Downstairs is noisier. Favorites are foie gras, onion soup, coq au vin. Food and service consistent. No "attitude". No bargain prices, however."
Dined on 2/20/2014
Great easy quiet spot for lunch.
Nice bistro fare."
Dined on 2/18/2014
Quiet, but, vibrant restaurant in
a corner old townhouse. A treat to have lunch or dinner. Lucky to be in the neighborhood."
Dined on 2/12/2014
The food was good. The onion soup
was rich and flavorful. The octopus had a weird consistency. The service was amateurish at best"
Dined on 2/4/2014
Have been there for dinner ( the
special chicken is fabulous) and brunch ( wonderful French toast). Can't wait to go back."
Dined on 2/2/2014
Chic, lively, good food. Tables
are really close together so not for an intimate meal."
Dined on 1/30/2014
Wonderful team. Brasserie-style
food. a piece of France. nice and elegants guests."
Dined on 1/24/2014
the food is uneven here--some
things great, others not. it's a tight uncomfortable space. if you must b in the neighborhood, it's ok"
Dined on 1/19/2014
The restaurant is small and tables
are very close together. When the room is full, the noise level is really high and it is difficult to hold a conversation."
Dined on 1/14/2014
The Steak Tartare was wonderful
with the perfect blend of Worcestershire Sauce and fine grade beef , beautifully presented and with perfect shoestring fries. Dinner in its own right! Sinful! The Bronzino done to perfection, and Tart Tartine a perfect finish for dessert (to share, of course)."
Dined on 1/14/2014
Upscale lunch in a townhouse
setting with windows to look out at the city. Perfect luncheon menu choices. And, quiet at lunch- such a rarity."
Dined on 1/13/2014
The restaurant is French ,yes? Why
not French chanteuse music blasting instead of The Commodores, etc blasting? Annoylng. And my delicious Hanger steak was Cold when it got to me. Not enjoyable, as it could have been had it been served hot. The back room where we were seated(our choice, our fault), could have a little more ambiance. The front looked cozier, again, our fault for not asking to sit there. Our friends had recommended the restaurant so I guess I was expecting to be wowed. It was nice, but won't go out of my way to re visit anytime soon,"
Dined on 1/12/2014
Always given warm welcome. Prefer
quieter upstairs room although friends like more " happening" scene downstairs. Limited bistro menu but food reliably good. Service, particularly busing, a bit slow, but setting ideal if you want to take your time and actually hear each other talk."
Dined on 1/8/2014
Wine by the glass very expensive
the Steak frites were cold and very small. I've been there many times and what happened?"
Dined on 1/4/2014
It was a very, very cold night and
cognac is quite close to where we live. The service was warm and welcoming this evening as the restaurant was not at all crowded. The food, as always, was good but not special but good for a cold wintry evening."
Dined on 1/3/2014
While the ambiance was nice and
you feel it's going to be a really good french meal we were underwhelmed. Had the prices been lower we wouldn't have given it another thought -but they were not. We will probably not return for that reason."
Dined on 1/1/2014
Successful addition to a small
restaurant chain -- this intimate sibling of the Brasserie Cognac on the West Side near Carnegie Hall has a more intimate vibe but same winning cuisine. Add a waiter who sings opera (quite well), a truly welcoming hostess, and some standout items like gougieres, cheese soufflé, and chicken salad, and the newest outpost should win friends and influence East Siders."
Dined on 1/1/2014
Nothing much to get excited about
at this restaurant. Food is average."
Dined on 12/30/2013
Extremely overpriced and
disappointing NYE dinner. The ambience was lacking, barely any decorations. Food came out too fast and luke-warm! Will not be going back."
Dined on 12/31/2013
I loved this neighborhood eatery.
I had a decent dining experience. The only thing is my $25 glass of champagne was served SEMI COLD and the entree / main courses for myself and my guest were NOT PIPING HOT... Food was served LUKE WARM. Maybe the next time I go they will have it together.Food was good none the less.... I just expect it to be served @ the right temperature.."
Dined on 1/1/2014
Food preparation/quality has
improved noticeably since its opening earlier this year. The paella, however, while tasty, should be less "soupy" in order to truly deserve its billing."
Dined on 12/29/2013
I have been familiar with Cognac
on the westside and enjoyed its food. However, I am in love with Cognac East. It should be noted that the east side restaurants are not among my favorites, but Cognac is perfect in every way"
Dined on 12/24/2013
Nice brunch. Food was good, though
some dishes are good in quantity and some are rather small (pancakes, frittata). Overall, pretty good."
Dined on 12/21/2013
Interesting and good brasserie
food...we were seated upstairs in a charming room. I would not have wanted to sit downstairs on a cold day, with the small space and draft from the door. Am delighted it has opened up...intimate and casual."
Dined on 12/17/2013
Cognac is fine for lunch. It has
pretensions but, simply put, the food is 0k, not inspired. It is comfortable and not too noisy. Initially the waitress tried to rush us, but when I made it clear we did not want to be rushed, she left us to our own pace. It lacks the slightly quirky but nice atmosphere and wonderful food of its predecessor in the same location--Lumi. A bistro with pretensions and adequately good food."
Dined on 12/13/2013
Good recommendations from friends.
Chef's night off, was a disaster. Everything ordered from onion soup,escargot, tuna tart, was barely edible and returned. Onion soup needed salt and less bread, tuna tart was a ginger tart, escargot had no flavor."
Dined on 11/27/2013
Recommend only for lunch. Food and
atmosphere not conducive for relaxed, quiet dinner."
Dined on 11/23/2013
With it's cozy ambience, welcoming
staff, and delicious, fairly-priced French food, Cognac is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Everyone should start their meal with a basket of warm gougeres--irresistible! The food ranges from bistro staples like Coque Au Vin, Onion Soupe, and superb Roast Chicken, to lighter fare like a refined vegetable lasagne w/truffled bechamel and an outstanding octopus salad with tapenade. The wine list includes many reasonable bottles. For dessert, you may be surprised to see a cookie plate on the menu, but order it;--you won't be sorry!"
Dined on 11/22/2013
Food was good, not much of a wine
selection and it was very hot inside. I would go back again though because the place has such character!"
Dined on 11/21/2013
Disappointing. $16 for a glass of
unnamed wine. The portions were extremely small. For example, the octopus appetizer may have had 1 ounce of octopus. The lasagne entree looked like an appetizer portion. The restaurant was a huge disappointment. Would not go there again."
Dined on 11/20/2013
Food & wait staff great but I was
treated with such disrespect by the manager who was too preoccupied with his process and not his customer. My friend & I were given 1 check for 2 coats. At the end of the evening the manager handed us 1 coat & mine was missing. He told me I didn't have a coat & insinuated that the jacket I was wearing was my coat. In his words they don't put 2 coats under 1 check therefore I didn't have a coat. It was a surreal experience. He essentially called me a liar. And he was so sure of himself he didn't even try to look for my coat. It was only after a waiter directed the manager to a spot on the floor and there was my coat. I had to ask for an apology. I live in the neighborhood & was a regular, not anymore."
Dined on 11/12/2013
Waitress let us stay and talk.
Wonderful Will go there again"
Dined on 11/11/2013
Food was ok-pricey but it's a high
rent district Service average-should be more welcoming-a bit of a snooty French vibe which is not warranted"
Dined on 11/11/2013
Once again, another fabulous meal
at Brasserie Cognac. Fast service and great food."
Dined on 11/9/2013
First time visitor...enjoyed the
bar (pricey) perhaps too much as we sat past our reserve. time but host accommodated us when we finally were ready to eat...My partner had salad and a fish entre which she liked and I had two appetizers were more than enough for me as i'm not a big eater. We topped off w/a profiterole for desert."
Dined on 11/8/2013
The biggest problem is with the
check in. Twice I have arrived and told the desk I was expecting a guest and both times the guest was seated in another part of the restaurant so that we each waited anxiously until one of us went upstairs to check. I complained both times but it hasn't seemed to change anything"
Dined on 11/6/2013
As always, Brasserie Cognac didn't
fail us. Delicious food even though I didn't get to have my Tuna Tart today because my lunch partner doesn't like ginger - maybe tomorrow?!!!"
Dined on 11/5/2013
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