Brasserie Cognac
Brasserie Cognac

Brasserie Cognac

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cognacrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2127573600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Mon-Fri 7:30 am-11am
    Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 5:30pm;
    Brunch:Sat-Sun 10am-4:30pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Special Menu Available for Valentine's Day!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 55th Street
  • Public Transit: N, R, Q & W trains to the 57th Street Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Brasserie Cognac
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. Located in the theater district and frequented by celebrities, businessmen, locals and tourists, the setting is both exciting and charming. The Brasserie style menu offers French classics . Guests can choose to dine in the outdoor sidewalk café, casual original French bakery, classic main dining room, lively bar/lounge or the private Cognac Room as they enjoy meals complimented by 102 varieties of cognac and a gorgeous wine list including first-growth Bordeaux sold by the glass.
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Brasserie Cognac reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)great for lunch (18)great for brunch (16)fit for foodies (15)great for outdoor dining (12)romantic (7)late-night find (7)good for groups (7)vibrant bar scene (4)special occasion (4)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • We like this restaurant very much!
    NickVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We like Cognac very much. It's well located and convenient to our work locations. The food is good.We've regulars, and it's nice to know it's not a risk.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brasserie # 3
    BobLVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I frequently use this restaurant whenever I meet friends or business clients in this area of midtown. At lunch time it's a always bit hectic & the service can be spotty but overall I find them to be pretty good. Brunch is better as far as service because it's not as crowded. I had the grilled chicken caesar salad & it's always excellent & certainly large enough for two to share. I've reviewed them elsewhere here but I would recommend them for meals anytime.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jackVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Best cheese platter I ever had. Better than Jean George's. The gazpacho was different and delicious. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Breakfast
    NCgirlVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had breakfast here three times, we liked it so well. We like the Eggs Benedict and the Omelet's best; they are reasonably priced for NY City and come with delicious potatoes and a small salad. Their coffee is also good. When the weather is nice, you can enjoy eating at the tables on the sidewalk. Service is pretty good also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • adminnie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I discovered Brasserie Cognac during the Winter 2014 Restaurant Week and enjoyed my dining experience. The Summer 2014 Restaurant Week menu was just as good. I'll be returning to this restaurant often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • shankiVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    for our last night in New York it was wonderful. good ambience, delicious food, nice attentive waiters. very very nice
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and terrific service
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Brunch was delicious and the service was attentive. The entire meal was a wonderful experience and a terrific price point. The wine list was limited but the pinot grigio was a complement to the meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Natt
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Take time for the made to order soufflé. Amazing! This is a wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food in a quiet setting
    MonaVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Our party of four was in seventh heaven, enjoying everything from a variety of cheeses with a pear and grapes, to perfectly sautéed sea scallops over mushroom risotto, along with a fresh, delicious tuna tartare and some fantastic crispy cookies in a variety of flavors for dessert. The beef bourguignon was scrumptious. We appreciated the quiet and loved the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We go here often because the food and service are uniformly very good. This time we sat outside and enjoyed the warm summer evening with good wine and good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Croque Monsieur
    Janice
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We always order the Croque Monsieur appetizer here. We and our friend who lived in France for a while love this brasserie. Great serving staff as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    AdSmithVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Service was SLOW, even though I mentioned we were in a rush and the restaurant was not even 1/2 full at 1:45pm when we were there for lunch. The food looked amazing and tasted mediocre. NO DRINKS and for four people, the bill was $200 for lunch. Very overpriced. I won't return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good midtown breakfast spot
    AthensDiner
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This is a good option for breakfast in midtown. Prices are fair, the food is well prepared, and it's a nice looking space.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing Service
    MarylandLion
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We were disappointed in the service. The restaurant was not busy and we saw little of our waiter. We had to search for him when we wanted to pay the bill. Basically we were ignored for most of the evening. I don't know if this was because our original waiter left after he took our order as his shift ended. It was 7:30 PM. Also I ordered Grand Marnier for an after dinner drink and they ran out of it. How could this happen on a Saturday evening in a French restaurant???? We've been to this restaurant before and enjoyed ourselves. I wonder if our experience is going to become the norm?
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • you should know your regulars
    ArteVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I eat there frequently at least once a month and never ceases to amaze me that when i walk in they have absolutely no idea who I am?????
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    adminnie
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This was my second time dining at Brasserie Cognac. First time was during Restaurant Week and I was very happy with the menu offerings. This time, I ordered off the prie-fixe menu. The food was quite good, but the the number of items on the prie-fixe menu are, I feel, too limited. Loved the cheese puffs!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A good breakfast meeting location
    IenjoyeatingoutVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    There was a pretty wide variety of breakfast choices and the coffee was very good. The waitress was friendly but the service was a little slow.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely meal in a quiet corner
    Jss322
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We were really impressed with the food and service. We were entertaining UK guests and wanted to eat near the theater. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • porkyVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    This is a great pre-theater restaurant...however, our waiter was a disaster! He did not put in our food order and we had to rush to be finished in time for our curtain!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 760 reviews are from the Brasserie Cognac reviews archive.
  • Wonderful dinner spot in midtown
    lricecsp
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our group of three really enjoyed Brasserie Cognac. The service was excellent, and the food was perfect. I don't usually order pork chops, because they are so easy to over-cook. But the Berkshire chop was absolutely delicious. The atmosphere was a little loud for my taste, but was no louder than the New York average. The wine was a little pricey. I'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable and professional
    TimeguideVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Very relaxed French restaurant. The food is well above average and the service is friendly and helpful. Smooth running kitchen and fresh interesting menu. Prices are reasonable given that it is located so close to "tourist central".
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I have a thing against restaurants (particularly those that are only afraid to charge a fair amount) refusing to substitute sides with the main meal and charging extra. Seems really poor.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • an old stand-by
    diner14VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Always a good stand-by. Classic menu and nice atmosphere...and when weather is nice, you can sit outside.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ooh-la-la
    KenLauVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The food at Brasserie Cognac was outstanding and the soup special (tomato-red pepper) added a nice touch to the traditional French cuisine. The service was prompt and professional, and we got a window-side table with a great view of the pedestrian traffic on Broadway. Who could ask for anything more?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected so Much More
    Allanah2000VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Should of known better..Firstly the host was good and accomadating however the service was just average. On many occasions I had to ask for water and then bread theses things should be standard. Then I had to ask for sauce it was exhausting .. Then came the food $27 for their Steak frites okay I will pay that amount however a big piece of fat and poor quality given bearnaise sauce instead of pepper again what a dissapointment when I mentioned it I just recieved a nod....I detect they specifically go for the tourist and bridge & tunnel customer thats their safety net as a local there are far better choices ..Hope they listen Prime theatre district and I for one was looking forward to my meal what a dissapointment
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  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Bad kitchen work....left out one of four entrees, the last coming 10 minutes later than the others, only after asking twice as to its whereabouts. One of the original entrees was missing key elements of the omelet that had been ordered...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A la francais
    anonVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    A wonderful brasserie in a classic style with a wide range of quality choices. The tuna tart is a "must"
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ReviewfromOct192013VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We sometimes eat at Brasserie Cognac before going to Carnegie Hall. The food is always solid, but not exceptional. This time we enjoyed the Salad Nicoise, in which the ingredients were very fresh, the house burger, and the mussels. All met our expectations. And the pommes frites were outstanding. The service, as always, was excellent. We told our waiter that we needed to be at Carnegie Hall, and he timed everything perfectly. He and the others who attended our table were on top of things without being obtrusive. We will most definitely return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    SEC45
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food, service, ambiance were all great. The music did NOT fit the the overall feel of the restaurant and detracted from the experience. It was too modern/hip and too loud.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brasserie # 3
    BobLVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I have review this restaurant previously & they remain one of the better breakfast & lunch places in the midtown area. worth a trip, you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GenR
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We had brunch here on a Sunday afternoon, pre-theatre. It's just far enough away from "restaurant row" and the Times Square scene to make it more of a desirable location. We sat by the window, which gave us a perfect view of laid back NY on a weekend. The ambiance and food were excellent. Very tasty selections in a French brasserie milieu. The waiters were friendly, if a bit inattentive, which suited our schedule, since we had time to spare and preferred not being rushed, which is more of the norm in NYC. Overall, would highly recommend this lovely spot.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bistro fare
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Felt l8&3 being in a French bistro- great baguette and salad! Friendly service. Great location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new favorite
    Kevin
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I had never been to this restaurant before but I'm now a huge fan. Great service. Lovely ambiance. And great food. I had the rotisserie chicken. I think it was the best chicken I've ever tasted. We went pre-theatre. Perfect. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good ambience and vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Had a business lunch here and service and food were excellent. My first time, so only had onion soup and beet salad; a bit skimpy on the size of this entree salad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is consistently good.
    rascalVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Food is consistently good. Our favorite waiter, Ryan, is the best. He takes such good care of us - very attentive, polite, efficient. We are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Skimpy Portions
    MonaBVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I used to love eating at this restaurant -- their special chicken salad was the bomb! It's still good, but now you only get half the portion size they used to serve == and the salad is almost all lettuce and cabbage, so they aren't even saving that much money. It's a shame, really as I won't be coming back any time soon.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific!
    Eljefe
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Terrific as always. Greeted promptly, nice table, service, food excellent. Price is fair. A must visit destination when coming to New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We picked the restaurant because it was close to the theatre. This is a pleasant surprise and a gem. There was even a prix fix for the theatre. The onion soup was off the charts and every dish at the table looked amazing. I know need to go back to try each different entrée that arrived. The chef came out to watch a table side meal be prepared and started to talk with my family. He was so nice and between the food and service I can not praise this enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not this time
    TexasgirlVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We have eaten here many times. The food was great as usual but the service was horrible. We seemed to be lost between two servers. And neither one was attentive to our needs. Constantly had to flag down someone to get water, condiments, the bill. This is not the first time that we have received poor service, but it will be the last since we don't plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-theater
    ChrisGVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Good for pre-theater dinner. The restaurant is large but feels cozy because it is broken up into smaller areas. The menu has a nice variety of bistro dishes, from soups and salads to bigger meals. Wines are expensive.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic