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Brasserie Athenee

3.7
598 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Authentic
A rich elegant atmosphere with simply great French food.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily: 8:00am - 11:30am; Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: 4:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(212) 399-1100
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Public transit
N, R & W trains to 49th Street, A, C & E trains to 42nd Street/Port Authority, and 1 train to 50th Street.
What 598 People Are Saying
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3.7based on recent ratings
3.4
food
3.9
service
3.8
ambience
3.5
value
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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 7 days ago

A delightful pre-theater dinner. Very delightful service, quite good food..overall very pleasant and a very good value. .

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Very good food, good service.

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2.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The restaurant was under staffed. They had two servers. We waited a very long time before the server even stopped at our table. The order was rushed and each person was not able to finish their order without being cut off for taking too long and the next person having to go. No smile. No hello. We did not see our server again.
The food was just okay.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food was fair at best. Appetizers took almost an hour to arrive. Floor and walls looked like they are rarely cleaned. Never got around to ordering entrees because of the delay with appetizers. We went for Sunday brunch. Skip it.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Went for pre-theatre meal. Service was fast without feeling rushed. Three of us had burgers, which were very good. The 4th had steak tartare which was a generous portion for an hors d’ouvre. The warm chocolate cake and chocolate mousse were wonderful

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Came here for a pre-theater dinner as it was one of a few restaurants that still had reservations for the time slot I needed. We ordered from the pre-fixe menu which needs some serious work in my opinon.

The pita and spread appetizer was very big and very tasty, though I had to quit eating before it made me too full for the main course. We each ordered the slow cooked beef entree, and to our disappointment the beef was very overcooked and dry, and we had to load it up with salt and pepper to get any flavor out of it at all.

The flan desert (what they called cake with caramel) and the crepe were both pretty awful. Honestly its pretty hard to make a bad crepe but they certainly found a way.

Overall wouldn't based on the pre-fixe meals, though the spot itself was gorgeous and the wait staff was exceptional.

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2.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We ordered the prix fixe theater menu, which seemed good value at the time. Food was mediocre at best. Service was attentive, but food was really quite sub standard, despite the glowing descriptions on the menu.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The tables are kind of worn-looking, which is a turnoff if you're bringing someone special - looks llike you didn't really make an effort. However, for dining or brunching pre-broadway shows with friends, it's convenient and fine.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent value for pre show dinner!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Buen servicio.
Buena carne.
El pulpo también está bueno.
Tiene una carta suficiente.
Recomendable

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Loved the ambiance and at the service was great. The menu had some of my favorites that I rarely find. Excellent food and I could not believe how affordable it was. Excellent.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Very good for pre-theater

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Perfect place to meet up before a show and grab a quick bite. Food isn’t anything special but it’s perfectly adequate.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The restaurant is great for pre-theater. Very close to all. Food is fine but not consistent. Some meals were great, others were solo.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Good food and service. Flan dessert was tasteless; Napoleon slice was equally tasteless and not as expected (round and pastry to hard and thick).

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1.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Had dinner here with my daughter prior to going to a show. Conveniently located in the theater district, but the food was absolutely awful. I would avoid this restaurant and we certainly will never go again. The food looked nothing like the nice meals shown in the photos. Beware, false advertising. The appetizer tasted funny. Our main courses were precooked and then heated-up prior to serving to us. The deserts were not fresh. I don't know how you mess up steak frites, mac and cheese, or apple tart but they did. Too bad, because it is a lovely setting, nice ambiance and well-located but don't eat here!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The look and feel created a nice quiet hideaway next to the busiest block in America. The service was quick and my glass was never empty. The food was decent; nothing bad, but nothing good to say. The prices were extremely affordable for NYC.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was superb

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Not sure why this restaurant is rated as highly as it is. The food was just average, ditto the service, but what really annoyed me was that they served those little pre-packaged cups of "breakfast syrup" (actually corn syrup) that you get at breakfast in a Hampton Inn or similar chain motel. We ordered french toast and pancakes, and this was the accompanying "syrup." For $10 or $11 each, genuine maple syrup would have been appropriate. Actually, in a Hampton Inn, you are also offered the "sugar-free" breakfast syrup, so at least there, if one wants the flavor of maple syrup, it's possible to avoid the calories. Not here.

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2.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The food is fine. Nothing special. It’s close to theaters which is useful and isn’t too loud so conversations are possible.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Once again we had a fine lunch and even good coffee after our meal. This restaurant is a reliable choice in the mid-town theatre area with reasonable prices, good food, and efficient service.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Very happy with the food and service. Very good wine list too.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

I had the best escargot I’ve ever had, and the lamb shank was amazing. The lamb chops were underwhelming next to the shank but were still good. I had two whiskey sours and the first was very weak but the second was perfect so drinks are hit or miss. Out server was wonderful, didn’t interrupt us and wasn’t too chatty but was friendly and gave great food and wine recommendations, she really knew the menu. I will absolutely eat here next time I’m in town.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

I met 3 out-of-town friends for lunch on a Tuesday. The service and the food are excellent - I've had dinner here many times but never brunch. Highly recommend it, especially on regular, not matinee, days. My 3 friends were very impressed and will return whenever they're in town, I'm sure.

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4.0Dined on December 7, 2017

One of the best pre-theater menus, great value. Excellent service allows ‘leisurely’ enjoyment of a 3-course meal with no rush to get to theater on time. Quiet enough to truly enjoy conversation. Very good food.

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1.0Dined on December 5, 2017

Salade niçoise le thon inmangeable, boeuf bourguignon manque de goût et de légumes d’accompagnement, ps de ventillation nos vêtements sont imprégnés d’odeur de bouffe. J’y étais allée , il y a qq années et c’est bcp mieux.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Good spot for pre-theater meal. Appetizer menu was small, but good French onion soup. Entrees tasted bland.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Rude wait staff

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1.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Have eaten here before a number of times and was looking forward to returning. Exceptionally disappointing. Poor quality food and seriously overpriced

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2017

The space is nice and convenient to the theater district. Overall, the food was disappointing. I ordered steak frites and it was only passable which was disappointing given this was a french bistro. My wife ordered the seafood risotto and said it was the worse risotto she had ever had. The seafood was okay (clams, mussels) but the risotto was not cooked correctly. My daughter had the mussels and french fries which she liked.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2017

We live nearby and Brasserie Athenee has become a go-to for us. The coq au vin was excellent. The monkfish was less so. Lovely authentic French setting and convenient to Times Square and theaters.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2017

We dine here several times a year. Always enjoy the friendly good service. Enjoyed appetizer,salad and 1 of the entrees. The other entree was not up to par. Will return.!

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2017

Brasserie Athenee is an "always reliable". The food is good, moderate prices, and absolutely great for watching people scurrying by to get to the theater for a matinee. Snag a table by the window and watch "the passing parade".

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2.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was not impressive and my husband's dinner entre was inedible.

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2017

The service was great but the food was very disappointing.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2017

Good food. Service a little slow for pre play time

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1.0Dined on May 2, 2017

Was going to a show and went solo. Ordered muscles there were filled with grit. Only ate 5 max and bus boy ushered the plate off without questioning why I only ate 5 muscles. spoke with the hostess, who's response was. Well..... When you don't eat your meal and you need to have a drive attention to that fact. It's a sad commentary on the service. When you indeed speak to someone and their immediate reaction isn't an apology, it's unforgivable.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2017

Like most NYC restaurants it is small and tables are packed tight and seemingly put wherever they can be placed. We were on an open corner at the end of a row. No place for two sets of legs under the table and one chair was in the throughway. That said, the food was very good and the service was excellent. We would absolutely go there again.

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2.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Ordered the Linguine with seafood. Broth was great, seafood was great but the Linguine was so mushy and it was spaghetti not Linguine. BIG difference.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Brasserie Athenee is a great place for dinner before the theater. Get yourself a table by the Windows, and watch the Broadway crowd scurrying past. The mussels are scrumptious, large and in a delicious broth - save your bread for dipping!

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