Brasserie Cognac East
Brasserie Cognac East

Brasserie Cognac East

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cognaceast.com/
  • Phone: 2122495100x
  • 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
79 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)great for lunch (27)great for brunch (22)fit for foodies (19)great for outdoor dining (18)romantic (12)special occasion (12)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (3)hot spot (3)good for groups (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • 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
  • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food, poor service
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We were constantly having to wave to get attention of the waiters at a night that wasn't too busy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I love their food especially the soufflé it is delicious!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RemiVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    They honored my request for a front table, which I appreciated. Food was good. High wine prices by the glass. Restaurant was very quiet as it was the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Dinner
    KCNYVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Classic French dishes are so hard to come by, but Brasserie Cognac manages to offer a wonderful selection. The food is delicious and the service is very attentive and prompt. A great wine list and the server offers great suggestions for wine pairings. It was our first visit and we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great food and extremely good service. I asked for something not on the menu and was easily accommodated. We spent 3 hours at the table and never felt rushed. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RemiVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Even though we requested a front room table through Open Table, there was a new person at the reservation desk who didn't know us and ignored the request. She put us in the backroom, which is very noisy. We asked to be moved and were put at a smaller table in the front. The food here is never great but consistently good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Introductions
    Barry
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Every time I introduce someone new to Cognac they all seem to enjoy everything, food, ambience, and service. It is really a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always consistent
    Goldie
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Whether it's brunch, dinner or late night snack, the service is always consistent, the food is always delicious... great neighborhood place too! I love it here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RemiVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    This is a good restaurant for lunch. Good variety, consistent quality. The wait staff are very professional.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuna Tart!
    CousinsVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    That tuna tart never fails to impress! Nothing better and it is the perfect lunch, light dinner, or late-night snack. I could eat it every day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 127 reviews are from the Brasserie Cognac East reviews archive.
  • Interesting menu, cozy brasserie
    Uptowndiner
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Varied menu with the French standards plus some new twists. The tuna tart was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute Place
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    This cute little spot has an excellent Bistro-style menu and a small bar area. We sat in the front room with a view of the world passing by. Almost felt like sitting in a Paris cafe!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice first visit
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    This was my first time at Brasserie Cognac, after having been to Lumi numerous times over the years. I am very happy with the change. The menu is very interesting, service was professional and prompt, and the food was delicious. The bar was quite busy for a Wednesday night, and the atmosphere was fun but not too loud.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • famous tart, not that great.
    nyctd
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I didn't think the famous salmon tart was that great. In fact, it was pretty awful. I asked for a description, and it seemed like it would salmon in a pastry shell. this was more like salmon pizza. ugh.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good lunch place
    RemiVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The food here is that of a typical brasserie. Lots of choices, most good, none outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice bistro
    love3dine
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We went on a Saturday night and it was sort of crowded. Next time we'll go during the week. The spinach avocado salad was great and so was the bread. I had a traditional beef dish which I liked and was happy that the portion wasn't too hugh. We had a New Zealand sauvignon blanc which was good and reasonably priced
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the food is consistently good;
    RemiVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    the food is consistently good; the service professional. It can get crowded and noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Globalvagrants
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Good varied menu, delicious food, lovely atmosphere, pleasant staff. No complaints and always a pleasure to dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, but portions
    porkyVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Food was good, but portions were very small!!! Service was inattentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious brunch.
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We had an early brunch at Cognac, but it was so early that there was nobody else there, so I can't really comment on the atmosphere when it's full. I will say that the gougeres were fantastic, and our entrees (the Cognac chicken salad, and the tuna tart) were absolutely delicious. The service was immaculate. It was expensive, but I thought very very good. I would definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and Tasty
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The freshest salads of any restaurant and all the food is well done. We shared the spinach and avocado salad. I had the duck which was unbelievable and my wife had the lobster ravioli which she raved about. We have been there a half dozen times so far and have not been disappointed. Wonderful addition to the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate