Cinema - The Brasserie
Cinema - The Brasserie

Cinema - The Brasserie

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cinemarestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 2129490600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Fotis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Space and Dining Room available for up to 30 people. Semi-private space available for Cocktail and Hors d' Oeuvres Parties for up to 80 people. Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Riccardo Dardha 8883940580

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Madison and Fifth Avenues
  • Public Transit: 7 train to 5th Avenue, B, D, F & V trains to 42nd Street/Bryant Park, and 4, 5 & 6 trains to 42nd Street/Grand Central.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking Garage on 45th Street between 5th and 6th Ave. Alternately, Municipal Metered parking after 6pm.
A word from Cinema - The Brasserie
Cinema Brasserie, part of the Cinema Hospitality Group which operates three restaurants in New York City that play silent movies throughout service, offers a unique dining experience in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Our goal is simple; to offer a great meal, matched with knowledgeable and genuinely friendly service to ensure guest satisfaction. Executive Chef, Fotis K. demonstrates his talent and expertise with an eclectic menu inspired by his travels around the world, reinterpreting the concept of New American cuisine for the sophisticated palettes of New Yorkers and visitors alike. The menu is complemented by a wine list that features beloved favorites from Italy, France and the New World with exceptional value, including an outstanding selection of wines by the glass and quartino, allowing our guests to choose the precise level of indulgence.
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Cinema - The Brasserie reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating2.8
  • Food2.8
    Service3
  • Ambiance2.9
    Noise LevelModerate
40% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)neighborhood gem (2)good for groups (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Terrible Experience - Closed early
    sthpaw07
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I made an 8:30 reservation (through OpenTable) on a Friday night only to show up and be told that they were closed. No reason was given but as there were only 2 tables with people I think that was just a management decision since they weren't busy. I was told that "someone" had tried to call me but was unable to get in touch. Meanwhile I had no missed calls and they did not leave a message. I also got an email from OpenTable an hour prior to my reservation CONFIRMING the reservation. I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt but bottom line is this restaurant is poorly managed and I will not be coming back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • $14 bowl of Kale
    notwhatIpaid4
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Way over priced for the quality. $14 for Kale salad that had about 5 chickpeas in it. Panera is more gourmet than this place. Skip it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cinema just okay
    KathyPeterVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We have eaten at a couple of their Cinemas and always just okay. I never feel great after eating here though because I think everything is processed/ready made, nothing from scratch, i.e. not very healthy. You can do much better in NYC.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sorry We're Closed
    bonafide
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My experience was terrible...but that might have something to do with the fact that the restaurant was not open, and we went out of our way to go this restaurant only to have to walk around Midtown which is a food wasteland to find somewhere to eat. The restaurant we found was horrible which only made us more upset that Cinema did not work out. I am not sure if this was a glitch on Cinema's account or on OpenTable's. To other people interested in Cinema, call to make sure it is opened. I am sure they have great food. Their brunch menu looks amazing. I would love for a chance to go back and give them more than one star, but for right now, that is my only experience I have had with Cinema-the Brasserie, and it was a poor experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 171 reviews are from the Cinema - The Brasserie reviews archive.
  • DF0614VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This was my first time at Cinema and I enjoyed the Waygu beef burger. I liked the high ceiling and tiered seating off to the right as you walk in.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice, quiet dinner with the family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Ambience was great, silent Charlie Chaplin film projected on the wall was a nice touch. Waiter was attentive but a little too attentive. Food was great and it wasn't loud. There also were barely any people there; maybe because it was pouring outside? All in all, a nice experience for our family. :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The cocktails were very watered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The cocktails were very watered down. My fish taco meal should have had four tacos, but they only gave three. The roasted best salad tasted like canned beats with slices of Gouda sandwich cheese. Not worth the price in any way.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Happy Hour Deals
    Funcuz
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Prices were great. Food sampler ordered perfect shared appetizer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Ambience and service
    crablover
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I ordered from the simply grilled menu and the Mahi Mahi fish was so bland. Our waiter Hector was so nice , he took it back and brought me the salmon which was tasty except for the lemon sauce they had the potatos swimming made them inedible . My husband had the hanger steak which was really good. Service overall was great . The resturant played nice mellow music.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, in attentive service
    swl86VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Good menu, good food, but every time I come here the service seems to be slower and slower. Service has been especially slow on weeknights. Most recently, our server was not attentive and seemed to be preoccupied with her other tables and duties as hostess.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • was there on a frigid saturday
    pdg123VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    was there on a frigid saturday morning and they let us sit forever. that was nice.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    SweetMVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    I visited this restaurant with my family and it was prime location near grand central and penn station. The food was great and the service was spectacular. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Post storm dinner
    Bob13wVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Had a very nice dinner post snow storm this week. The food and service was very good and the wine by the glass was good and very affordable. The restaurant was quiet due to the snow storm. We will defineately put this on our list to visit again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good, close to theatre
    NYCvisitorVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We were looking for a restaurants with eclectic menus close to the Broadway theatre district for Christmas night. Cinema - The Brasserie was great -- food and service. The tables are not on top of each other, and the entertainment was silent, so we could talk and hear. Everything was prepared to order, and there was nothing left on our plates and no room left in our stomachs...good from appetizer to dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fine, service was
    Ticked
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Food was fine, service was decent. Good place for lunch. Hostess was full of obnoxious attitude when stating the restaurant does not take reservations for parties less than 5 implying that somehow it was my fault that the restaurant accepted a reservation for 4. If the policy is to not take reservations for less than 5, then my reservation for 4 shouldn't have been accepted. Not my problem, it's yours.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just perfect!
    sass0on
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    I loooove this restaurant! The food is great, the service is good... I could eat the veal and ricotta meatballs spaghetti forever and ever!! I come all the way from Canada and I absolutly have to eat there when I visit NewYork.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pre-Theatre Dinner Place
    vickster
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    We stopped in for a quick light dinner before a show. Each of us had some of the "Simply Grilled" fish, some wine and a lovely dessert. This place is consistently reliable for good/clean service and good to great food. We keep going back and love it each time we are there.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An oasis!
    7friends
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    After a long day and a so-so play, Cafe Brasserie was an oasis. The waiter and service were outstanding. All 7 of us were really happy with our various orders, and frankly, we tend to be picky and we came there a little out of sorts. And, unlike even much fancier restaurants, the wait staff knew not to clear before everyone had finished. Big kudos in my book! It was the perfect place to go for a very good meal in an easy and comfortable setting and where the wait staff will take very good care of you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Burger I ever ate?
    NSAdocNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    I tried this place based on other OT reviews and had the dry aged burger. Touted as the best burger I will ever eat. I found it lackluster, lacking in seasoning, and had no depth of flavor. I asked for it to be cooked medium rare and it came out well done. The fries were standard fries. My companion's chicken dinner was also under seasoned and not cooked well. The one thing we did like was the the beef was grass fed and the chicken was organic.
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  • Dinner at Cinema - the Brasserie
    Kaidie
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    Dinner at Cinema - the Brasserie was excellent. Food, service and ambiance were good - we will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was good, service fine,
    bruncher
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    food was good, service fine, drinks were good! Seating comfy. convenient location to Grand Central. Not crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Beautiful beet dish appetizer to share and delicious mushroom flatbread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC Food Nook
    IDontShareFood
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    Hopped on Open Table to see what was recommended around town. Didn't want to spend much money but willing to splurge a little. Found this and perused the menu just before selecting a reservation time and was thrilled. Price was competitive, service was great, and the food was delicious. Cinema had a quiet ambience while a black and white picture show displayed on the wall above us. When you want to get away from the bustle of the streets, this food nook fits the script.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for light pre-theater dinner
    vickster
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    We came here for a light dinner before seeing a Broadway show. The wait staff is wonderful - attentive without being overbearing. The food (we had Simply Grilled fish) was delicious - not too much, not too minceur, just right. We indulged in terrific dessert and excellent cappuccino. We always enjoy coming here and will do so again. If you are looking for a midtown delight, this is the place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as always!
    AliceEVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    I simply love coming to this restaurant! The food is inexpensive, but has great quality, and taste. We had te Peasant Omelette, the Crépes, and - sorry i forgot the name - a classic breakfast wih eggs, meat and potatos. Arrived promptly, and tasted like heaven. In none of my many vacations to France, I ever had a Crépe as delicious as this one. The service is always friendly, and very attentive; charming ambiente. Perfect for breakfast/brunch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service, not so good, food ok
    BeccaVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2013
    The service was a bit rushed, even though we were only there for a short amount of time and some of the only patrons there. The food was ok, fresh salads, but we didn't get anything too out of the ordinary, which I'd like to for next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truffle mac & cheese was quite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Truffle mac & cheese was quite good...burger was overpriced for what it was. But staff was super-nice (went during a slow time: early Sunday supper).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place to have a work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2013
    Good place to have a work lunch meeting; hardly crowded; good for groups; quick service. Nothing spectacular about the menu; but if you have people who are not adventurous, this is a safe menu. The water, coffee, Iced Tea and Iced Coffee tasted funny; like smoky, perhaps it's the water. The waiter was gracious and removed the items from the check.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Great food, great service - just a bit too loud, but that may be because we were seated under a speaker.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit dissappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food was generally okay but overall not above average. As usual my daughter had the Truffle Oil Mac & Cheese which is very good. Prior visits I had above average food but not this time and the waiter was not good, he was not busy and made a few mistakes with the order.
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  • Wonderfully professional and
    fleaspan
    Dined on 2/4/2013
    Wonderfully professional and friendly staff; welcoming atmosphere; great food. Appropriate for business-casual dining.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location, even better food.
    LeslieMac
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Had a wonderful brunch at Cinema - The Brasserie with my husband and mother. We enjoyed our meals very much. Service was perfect, food was great. It was nice to find a place that had brunch items (omelets, eggs, pancakes etc) along with a full lunch menu (burgers, pasta etc). Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Year's Eve at 5PM was
    wireless
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    New Year's Eve at 5PM was just what we needed away from the crowds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decent Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Food was pretty standard, but reasonably priced. I was able to make a reservation for brunch the night before. Service was excellent. Good place to go before a matinee if you're looking for standard food at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant decor and our waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    Pleasant decor and our waiter quickly realised we were in no hurry and gave us plenty of time to order and then eat at a leisurely pace - very much appreciated. Food was mixed. Signature burger was fab, pork chop tough and grits overly salty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We visited NYC with our adult
    Mabmab
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    We visited NYC with our adult children and grandchildren. This was a great kid-friendly place for a four and two-year-old, and pleasant for the parents. Note that they don't have a children's menu, but that didn't matter. Many of their menu items were kid-friendly. The location is great if you are visiting the old stand-by locations--Rockefeller Center, FAO Schwarz, Empire State Building, etc. Very low stress situation with little kids. Food was just fine, but not exceptional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good, but nothing
    vumom
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    The food was good, but nothing special. From where we were sitting, we couldn't see the silent movies.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Server was nice but was not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Server was nice but was not the one to deliver our food, nor did he ever return to check on how we were doing. Salmon was fairs, green beans not that fresh. My husbands Kobe burger and fries were very good. My sons Sara Caprese was bland.
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  • Wasted my Christmas Dinner...'12
    Gdidhitthespot
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Spent time here for last years Christmas Dinner and it Suck! I wanted nom traditional meal..so I had a burger and spent 25 bucks! I felt like i got ripped off and cork screwed! Never again!
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  • Incredible Food, beautifully
    ShawnR
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Incredible Food, beautifully presented with fantastic service!! A wonderful quiet spot...don't miss it! The veal meatballs are the most incredible thing I've ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate