Brasserie Cognac

4.3
1512 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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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
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(212) 757-3600
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AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
55th Street
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Public transit
N, R, Q & W trains to the 57th Street Station.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Host your next party at Brasserie Cognac where our experienced staff will serve your guests memorable cuisine in our beautiful atmosphere. For events, you can rent our lounge, dinning room or the entire restaurant to accommodates 200 people for seated and 350 for standing.

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What 1512 People Are Saying
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b
New York Area
287 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first visit but definitely not our last. Enjoyed a pleasant meal before a show. We shared the cheese gougeres to start and then enjoyed the scallops and halibut. Both were perfectly prepared.

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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my brother and husband for a pre theater meal and we were happy with the service, ambience and quality of the food and alcohol served. Will definitely return when dining in town again.

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DL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food and attentive service. Love the basics they offer such as onion soup and steak frites. You can't go wrong here and it's reminiscent of a local brasserie in France.

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JF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely experience, relaxed window table, easy service and good food. Your gourgeres are addictive. Returned for breakfast and you did not disappoint. A reliable favorite.

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B
Minneapolis
50 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful discovery! I dined alone on a business trip and relaxed over great wine, a lovely bisque and perfectly executed canard. The service was professional and accommodating, the meal prepared perfectly, and the wine selection was truly delicious. I will be back!

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RB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I was very disappointed with our meal. It was very expensive for the poor quality.

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M
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice restaurant. Food was delicious and the Tuna tart is really amazing.

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BG
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat half in/half out of the restaurant up front. It was very private and we were able to watch people walk by on the street. Food was awesome, wine was wonderful, and the service was great! Would go back again!

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s
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food for breakfast , lunch or dinner.
Love the avocado toast. A reliable go to.

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Is consistently reliable, comfortable, relaxing with excellent service and predictably good food....

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We make a reservation for breakfast at 11:30 and when we arrived, told us that the kitchen is closed... We left.

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Puerto Vallarta
100 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had cucumber soup and at the recemendation of my waitress had red snapper with delicious vegetables. Will be back.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

The restaurant was quite empty and they sat using next to a shattered full length glass window and next to the door to their bakery. Just not the romantic mood we were looking for to celebrate our 36th anniversary.

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Puerto Vallarta
100 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had scallops, gold and red beet salad and chocolate souffle. My companion rated the souffle the highlight of his trip.

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C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Cognac is one of my favorite neighborhood places - tasty food and selections. Great place for get togethers. Service is good, very friendly. Always has been a good choice for last minute dinner plans, easy to get a table. I always get the halibut served on a pilaf of risotto, although the only criticism is that consistency varies from very delicious to sublime. But regardless, the plate always goes back to the kitchen clean and empty after I clean it out.

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RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

My wife enjoyed the cappuccino creme brulee, but rated her cheese souffle as rather bland (not enough cheese).

My lobster bisque and beef bourguignon were excellent, and our wine pairings worked well.

However, we dined in solitary splendor in the main dining room between 5:30 and 6:45 pm on a Thursday evening. Consequently, there was no ambience.

Also, the service was unnecessarily aggressive considering we were the only diners.

Where was everybody? Possibly put off by the upscale pricing.

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P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, had filet mignon burger, wife had beef bourginion both very tasty.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our meal, it was a restaurant week special, I’d return to try the regular menu

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DY
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. Really enjoyed it 😄

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a
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent. I've eaten at Brasserie Cognac many times. My problem, this time, was with our server. I think he was very new or in the process of being trained (and needed way more training). He was a very pleasant fellow; eager to please. When our escargot arrived, he forgot the small seafood forks. When I told him, he brought me a fork, but not my friend. So he had to go and get another fork. But the worst was when my cappuccino arrived, the small demitasse spoon was FILTHY...with jelly or jam on it. I asked for a replacement spoon, which I promptly received. Our server needs to be trained to spot dirty serving items (flatware, plates, glasses, cups, etc.). It's his responsibility. However, this will not turn me off to dining at Brasserie Cognac. I sure hope they vigorously train ALL their servers about inspecting all items presented to patrons. (Yes, I used to be a server -- in the last century -- and I was taught to inspect all items before handing them over to my customers.)

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m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience with amazing restaurant week menu and wonderful service. Would definitely come back!

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KL
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For value and quality, this was the best restaurant week lunch that we have had.

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C
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, delightful personnel. Your minimum character requirement is not helpful. More is not always better

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RE
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a great restaurant. The food is reasonable priced and it is very delicious, especially the Tuna Tart. It’s an appetizer but it’s perfect for a lunch entrée. It’s a corner location so it’s a fun people watching spot as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a delicious lunch during NYC Restaurant week!

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VH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lobster bisque and snails both excellent, as well as the main course of sea bass with side vegetable. Nice ambiance though a bit noisy as all restaurants seem to be these days.

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WH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A really authentic French restaurant. Great foie gras tourchon, wonderful steak tartare and very good cheese soufflé.

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ZW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food quality was overall good. Enjoyable and great ambiance.

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J
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brasserie Cognac is a casual and dependable restaurant in mid-town, with good food and service for a quality meal that will not break the bank.

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JL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

Waiters are rude!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

The lobster bisque was amazing

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LQ
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find! The food and service were phenomenal! I highly recommend!

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d
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed an early evening dinner. Our waiter was quite attentive and steered us to the scallops which my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed. Three large tender scallops perfectly prepared were served with cubed sweet potato. Delicious.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We went for restaurant week. A miserable disappointment. Everything was meh. Nothing was horrible but the smoked salmon salad could have come from an over the counter deli. The sea bass was served room temperature. The dessert was inedible. Dismissive service. And we were charged $29 instead of $26 for lunch. I’ll never return.

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WI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Brasserie Cognac is my go-to place as it's convenient to my office. Usually the service is very friendly but not this visit. Our waiter began by making a condescending remark when I asked him to recommend a rose and rarely made eye contact. Lastly when I asked him to tell a nearby table to move or turn off the piercing light on their cell that was pointed directly at me, he became indignant and refused my request. Really? He could have at least had the manager do it. Upsetting ending to an otherwise pleasant meal.

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RJ
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice simple menu. Well priced. Good service. Everything I’ve tried has been very good.

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C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this restaurant, food consistently good. My fave is the halibut.

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AC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a beautiful night so the doors were all open and we had a great dinner. Warm cheese puffs were light and tasty, truffle Mac and cheese was wonderful without being heavy and the burger was delicious!

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KD
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location. We sat outside on a lovely summer evening. Loved the beet salad and halibut. Overall, wonderful experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Restaurant was hot
Waiter made us wait 10 minutes
Fondue was salty
Mussels were not cleaned well
Salad was good
Souffle eggs were runny, very wet

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