Brasserie Cognac East

4.4
583 reviews
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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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Sun 2:30PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM
Mon - Fri 2:30PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM
Sat 2:30PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch was great! Service outstanding!

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IR
Miami
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous lunch.

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f
New York Area
147 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a favorite French Brasserie to join a friend for a special celebration with the most delicious escargot, goat & tomato tart and always for Mussels!! Wines by the glass are a superb choice to marry your meal with...
Order the chocolate soufflé- it’s totally worth a 20-minute wait!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Waiter didn’t seem to like that we did not order wine.

Getting beyond that, salads were good and ancillary service attentive. Problems started when the entrees were brought out. The Beef Bourguignon was tasteless - surprising as this is a signature dish.

And 2 entrees of chicken were over cooked: dry stringy and difficult to cut. Basically not edible.
Our waiter was pleasant enough although did not offer any apology. Since 2 entrees were already being eaten, we figured the best and quickest way to continue our meal - all together - was to order burgers. Wrong. Those took an inordinate amount of time to arrive. My friend and I were finished with our meals for awhile before the burgers were brought to the table.

During this entire time, our waiter was nowhere to be seen. When we were finished we asked for the check. There was no attempt to offer us anything for our inconvenience and for basically ruining our dinner. When the check was brought to us the 2 more expensive chicken entrees were on the check.

Tacky treatment and a negatively memorable experience.

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PM
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner especially as it was a lovely evening and there was a table for 4 available outside. Being on the side street and not inside was actually more enjoyable as the last time we were there it was rather noisy. We were each accommodated with special requests, i.e. steamed vegetables. The portions appeared to be a bit smaller and adequate. The food was enjoyable.

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JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food would have gotten four stars had they not sent out my salmon filet well done when I asked for it medium rare. Not a hard thing to do.
I enjoyed my escargots but for a “French” bistro, the bread could have been much better. It was fine for a pre-theater meal.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Too noisy over priced but convenient and comfortable

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F
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch for family of ten Saturday AM. Brasserie was a perfect venue. Menu offered something for everyone and for every taste and diet and for ages from 12 to 81!

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It would have been better not to sit near the bar, because the noise level was rather high there.

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FC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and wine served timely and well.

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c
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good. Cute ambiance and it seems like an UES institution. But the best part of the meal was actually our waiter. He was super friendly and improved the entire experience. He really seemed to enjoy his job. Being wait staff is not easy so kudos to him and the restaurant.

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I eat there often. It’s a reliable neighborhood restaurant.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Ambiance & service are wonderful, but underwhelmed by the burger, the very dry bouillabaisse which had too much tomato and disappointing desserts-the floating islands were rubbery & chocolate cake was actually a dry chocolate and raspberry mousse cake.

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c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and the service, spot on. Very nice restaurant.

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EZ
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious salad with seared tuna, but small portion for dinner. Delicious Tarte Tatin for dessert. Friendly, prompt service.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food.

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HG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The waiters were surly and overly friendly and intrusive. My tuna tasted as if had been sitting around for quite a while, and the drinks were watery. However, my sister likes it better than East Pole fish across the street. I like the East Pole fish place better. Frankly, we could really use some better restaurants in this neighborhood.

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JE
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Their famous cheese soufflé had very little cheese and was the consistency of rubber. A huge disappointment

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VB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We adored this small'ish bistro. The service and treatment we received by everyone that greeted and served us, were 5 Star. The Croque Monsieur was the best I have ever eaten! We will return!

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RY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice ambience and great service. We enjoyed sitting at the bar before dinner. The drinks were delicious and the bartender was helpful in picking out a great wine.

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R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful. Comfortable. The crowd tends to lean towards not young people.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Snotty waiters with mega attitudes

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SS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem! The fondue was absolutely amazing, highly recommended. Great ambiance, a wonderful space, and nicely priced.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and service was fantastic. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good ! Excellent service

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n
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Having this as our local restaurant we go here a-lot. This time we experienced that our table was cramped by too many people in the bar area not giving the waiters enough space to serve the food. Our guests (seated with there backs to the bar) being shuffled on all evening. Giving our guests a rather uncomfortable evening.
Needless to say this should be given attention so other guests no need to have this experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My only issue is, it is too warm inside the restaurant. Everything else was great.

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B
Miami
35 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Smaller than the West Side theater district site but food just as good! Loved the location for lunch on Lexington and 70th! Can't go wrong with the small plates and special salads and a burger if you need one! Always looking for a small quiet spot for a hectic shopping day or a visit to the doctor or the many local hospitals (great for Weil Cornell patients or HSS)

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brasserie Cognac East is a small, very French restaurant with the "Paris around the corner" feel. You always feel welcomed by the staff. It's comfortable.

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LB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Been here several times. Old-fashioned, Upper East Side neighborhood restaurant with some good food, excellent service, and a nice local ambiance. Dressy so men should wear at least a jacket.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and variety of food. Good service

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k
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food took unusually long the las two times we were there, we waited 30 minutes!

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JW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This local never disappoints.
The food is made with care and beautiful produce.
The servings are the perfect size.
I’m always greeted with a smile and nothing is too much bother.
Refined quality dishes in a cosy friendly setting.

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O
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a cozy bistro with a classic menu and well prepared dishes. The staff is always great. The sight on a corner where a scene from the movie "Sex and the City" was shot makes for an interesting view of the passersby as the first floor is slightly below street level ..English basement style. The lunch was pleasant and as it was a holiday less crowded than usual. It is a great spot.

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JG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

My meal was shockingly mediocre. We had the Coq au Vin and the Filet Mignon. When dishes are $35-38 the food should be EXCELLENT. The steak was nowhere near medium rare, it obviously had been precooked, had that livery taste, it was tepid, stringy and bland. The coq a vin similarly seemed days old, stringy, tough, bland and very unappealing. The snails were ok, admittedly. Entrees this expensive should be of much higher quality.
When a meal for 2 comes to over $170 for two entrees, two cocktails and a glass of wine, it would be very very good. This meal fell far short of that. The food looked pretty, and the restaurant has nice charm, but the food was absolutely dreadful.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Enjoyed a very good dinner. Cozy spot on the upper east side. The only disappointment was we specified in all caps in our open table reservation comments that one of us is gluten free and ended up having to cancel part of our order when we found out there were bread crumbs sprinkled all over it, so clearly nobody actually read our reservation. They were very quick to take the item off the bill so it all worked out but should’ve never gotten to that point. Overall though we were happy and will probably be back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Overall loved the ambiance and the place. Service was very good as food and drinks were received in a timely manner. I was expecting food to be better. Escargot was ok prefer to have these served in the shell and know they are fresh. Octopus was a bit tough. Salmon was very good. Beef Bourguignon was very disappointing. For a classic French dish this should have been way better the short rib should basically melt in your mouth and red wine wasn’t reduced enough. Overall this dish was too dry and seemed rushed. Food was average and not up to par for the prices here.

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Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Went for lunch on a recent snowy day. Got a cozy table in the back with some nice dried flowers on window sill. Looked ok until realized that flowers were stuck in a piece of styrofoam with no vase. Kind of ruined the experience. Food adequate, service and waiter were very good.

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k
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great french bistro that is perfect for lunch or dinner.

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