Brasserie Cognac East
Brasserie Cognac East

Brasserie Cognac East

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cognaceast.com/
  • Phone: (212) 249-5100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm/>Dinner nightly: 4:00pm - 11:00pm;/ Brunch 10am - 4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, French, Contemporary French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 70th street
  • Parking: Street Parking
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. The Brasserie style menu combines French classics. 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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Brasserie Cognac East reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)great for lunch (19)great for outdoor dining (14)fit for foodies (12)great for brunch (11)special occasion (8)romantic (7)hot spot (3)good for groups (3)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (3)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • RemiVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The food is fresh and consistent; I can't comment much because I had the cheese plate, which doesn't tell you anything about the chef!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RemiVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I did not get the table I requested, but the table where they put us was acceptable. My friend was not happy with her food. She ordered the turkey club on brioche, and their idea of brioche and hers was different. She thought their brioche was just like regular bread and didn't care for it. My chicken salad was fine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • cozy and solid
    MSSCML
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Really like this new incarnation in the neighborhood. Upstairs is quiet and very cozy; downstairs more active. Food was bistro and solid. Cheese soufflé a treat that you don't see much anymore. Would go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing at best
    Manhattan1VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Hard to describe exactly what didn't click, but it just "didn't". Service was slow (understaffed), food was fair (bland, unseasoned) and the vibe in the room was ladies that lunch with the accompanying chatter. Too many better spots in the UES to waste time here unless you can't get a table elsewhere and then it may just be worth it.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ok food, disappointing service
    bxny89
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Made reservations for 10:15am on Sunday morning. The place was open but the kitchen did not open till 11am. Even water and bread were not offered till we've asked for it and then it took another 20 minutes to get them. Ultimately, when the food came, my wife did not get what she ordered and the rest of the food was just mediocre. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
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  • Lovely restaurant
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Excellent food ... but I feel that it's a tad bit overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovable, cozy gem
    Rlkm
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The UES can be difficult for enjoyed dining. Brasserie Cognac East loves what it does, and everyone I see feels at home there. I see lots of tastings at family tables, because everything is good and well-prepared. It's a favorite spot for our family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Twice this week alone!
    SusieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I enjoy Brasserie Cognac East so much that I have taken two friends there this week -- on separate occasions. The atmosphere is lovely and the staff kind and attentive, always there with the little touches that add perfection to an experience. This week's special dish, Spinach Souffle', is one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. My guests agreed!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Delicious scallops but we could barely carry on a conversation
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Southampton
    southamptonVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We went for a girls dinner. The service was not great, but I am not sure if that was because the waiter was letting us "chat" or not. The food was reLly good. I would recommend Cognac to others.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite UES choice
    Dirma
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We always enjoy dining here when visiting with our daughter. Food and choices are excellent. Service a bit slow but worth the wait. I think the wine by the glass is very expensive at 12-15 per glass. It adds up very quickly to make a fairly priced dinner a very expensive one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood gem
    LocalNeighborVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Cute restaurant with a good selection of French bistro dishes. Went with 3 others, we all ordered different dishes and loved what we had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local gem
    PIPMDVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Wonderful low keyed, but, well dressed upper East Side restaurant. Excellent food and wines for lunch and dinner - couldn't be a better setting for lunch on a sunny day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food below average
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    convenient location but service and food below average
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood bistro
    JJssVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We had just a wonderful evening. We sat outside and a quiet side street on a beautiful evening. Great, simple food and nice wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good French bistro
    cath98
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Love having Cognac in the neighborhood. You can eat as heavily or lightly as you want and dishes like cheese soufflé and cheese fondue in the winter are a nice change of pace. The salads are good, the halibut is delicious, and there is a good range of choices. Love it for brunch, lunch and dinner. A cut above.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Robnyc
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great menu and food was super. A little noisy, but in a good "happening" way. A great neighborhood place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RemiVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    They honored our request for one of the front tables, which we appreciated. The wine prices here are ridiculously high for a brasserie--can't find a red for less than $45, and ordering by the glass is infuriating. They give a pour that's embarrassing. Once I sent the glass back, once I complained and they added a little more wine. I ordered the filet mignon hamburger, medium rare, and it arrived well done. I had to send it back and wait until my husband had finished his dish before it arrived. It was properly cooked the second time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • StellaVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Love dining there, excellent for lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looking for warmth
    GoodGollyMM
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My daughter had audition at Marymount college, it started a snow and sleet mix. I saw the Cognac sign and I immediately thought I would like some cognac to warm my 62 yr old bones. We entered, and suddenly we sat at a corner booth chatting with local new yorkers on the subject of art shows and good bistro hotels in the area. We kept drinking, eating and visiting until snow was over, but we did not wish to leave. My daughter did start her semester at Marymount college and she loves it. So to celebrate her birthday, when I was in town from Oklahoma, I made sure we celebrated her 19th year at Cognac. We will forever have a soft spot in our hearts for this cozy brasserie. It gave her audition that day the luck she needed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place!
    Look4goodeats
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We discovered this restaurant by accident. There are few restaurants of this caliber in that area of the city. It's small, but the menu has a nice selection of choices. I especially liked the cold soup and the scallops.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasure in every way.
    Citygirl
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Charming venue with gracious and friendly service. Creative and delicious cuisine, as well as new takes on standard fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly great food
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We have been over a dozen times. They make the best and freshest salads of any restaurant in our 10 block area on the UES. We showed up early so decided to eat at the bar. Despite being very busy, the bartender could not have taken better care of us. The halibut was real delight which is now added to our list of favorites there which include the filet and chicken for entrees and profiteroles for dessert. Truly great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely family evening
    Caseystar
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Sat outside on a beautiful night. They do the scallops, burgers and pork perfectly. Great salads too. Service was good and desserts are outstanding. It is a little pricey but we had such a nice family night it felt worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would not recommend
    GummaVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Eat there often but a very bad night. Will not go back there again!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 152 reviews are from the Brasserie Cognac East reviews archive.
  • Could do better
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Arrived for a reservation on time and had requested a quiet table. The hostess directed us to a banquette table close to diners on either side. As we passed a four top, I asked if we could be seated there since it was a week night and rather late. She declined because it was set aside for four, she explained. Less than ten minutes after we were seated a couple were seated by the same hostess at the four top. Not smart on her part. Food is OK but not exceptional and service was at best acceptable. Ordered a Sauvignon Blanc wine that arrived very warm. After several returns the third time the wine arrived at a cool drinkable temperature. "Cognac" should know better. Also noted a two top was placed and occupied blocking an emergency exit
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  • Wonderful food worth the price
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The scallops dish was exquisite, and the ambiance was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    It was a little more money than I planned on spending, but the food was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so sure on the weekend
    CGNNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Maybe because it was late in the afternoon on a summer Sunday, but Brasserie Cognac East was a little disappointing. I live in the neighborhood and was anticipating coming here. Was just so-so. Will come back and try for dinner.
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  • Outstanding
    ShikaraVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A small restaurant but not small on its offerings or the caliber of the food. There are so many choices that it is necessary to return to try other dishes. The wine list, although not large, offers some good choices. A wonderful restaurant with good service and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brasserie Cognac Superb
    Rick
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is our 4th or 5th time having either lunch or dinner...we had dinner with friends. The place never disappoints. The food and service are excellent and they are responsive to requests...e.g. lower the music, air conditioner, etc. We consider it a neighborhood gem. It is not inexpensive, but worth it by NY standards.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RemiVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The restaurant is always accommodating by saving the table we like in the front. Food is okay--not exceptional but fine for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RonJVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Very disappointing. The food was only so-so. Will not be going back.
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  • Lucky to live nearby
    PIPMDVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Since opening, the quality of food has improved and it is an excellent restaurant. I used to consider it a great spot for a salads at lunch and a great spot to talk.Now the BISTRO + menu is wonderful.Lively, helpful staff. PPIPMD
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    attendeeVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We sat in the window for an early dinner for two. It was bright and cozy at the same time. The food selections were so good and so authentically French Bistro that it was difficult to decide. The service is excellent. Top recommendation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upper East Side Find
    crisVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was our second time at Cognac and look forward to returning. The upstairs feels like a cozy townhouse living room. We sat downstairs on our second visit and were just as comfortable. The fish dishes were excellent and so was the lobster ravioli. If you are in the mood for something simple, the hamburger was delicious and it came with very good fries. On Saturday night two musicians strolled around and were not intrusive and added a fun touch as guests made special requests. Wines by the glass were reasonable and good. Desserts are ample for sharing. The service was informative and friendly although they could have been a little more attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch treat
    newyorker10021VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Onion soup is the best , chicken salad deelish, lunch menu has many choices, all seemed good
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EastsideVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Extremely pleasant neighborhood bistro with a great menu. And they have floating island on the dessert menu everyday !!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • needs training
    ninaVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    nice place but lackluster servers/bussers unattentive or overattentive ( clearing before finished with meal ) menu very nice but server disinterested or not eager to entice/explain
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brasserie Cognac East
    Frenhsk8VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. The food is always superb. The service is top notch. Being a New York City restaurant, it is small and the tables are close together. If you are seated next to a large party it can be noisy. Reservations are recommended and the owner will always try to honor a request for seating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.