Brasserie Cognac East

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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. 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 England
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Bartender was green but very nice. If you are a Cognac restaurant you should know what VSOP is ...

Mussels were average and Filet was first raw than a hockey puck

The atmosphere is great and the sides were impressive

Too bad. Food ruined a 20 cab each way

MJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and her husband were here from Sacramento for a wedding. After the hustle and bustle of the weekend, it was a delight to be able to have a delicious brunch in such a quiet, lovely neighborhood setting. Thank you!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic octopus!

OT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brasserie Cognac is a lovely, lively restaurant with classic French meals done well. The tables are extremely close to one another, so don’t plan on having a deeply personal conversation here. The martinis were on point, but served in rather small glasses. My husband’s beet salad was delicious, as was my foie gras. He said his halibut was very good, albeit slightly bland... but I feel that is to be expected when one orders halibut. My beef bourguignon, however, was out of this world... the very best that I have ever had. Absolutely delicious. I would go back just for that.

MB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just delicious.

SH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE the fondue and Wilson our server. Always a favorite place to go.

o
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Don't ever sit upstairs. Siberia. Very unhappy I was put there

I
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Cheese soufflés was really good but the burger was just barely ok and the meat not at the level of where it should be. Ordered medium rare and came medium well with the lettuce not cleaned.

Been there many times and not consistent. Expecting a traditional fresh and French food but many times inconsistent quality.

NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice bistro

8
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a good time .
I used to go to the one on west side before it was closed because I lived closer.
Now I have no choice so I tried it and realized it’s really good. It’s more about the local clients and the food was really good.
Floating island was even better than the other place!
Branzino, beet salad, escargot were delicious....
The cocktail was so good I had to order another one and everyone really enjoyed our meal!
I will be back soon!

RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely for brunch. Delicious food great drinks. Wonderful ambiance. Highly recommend.

E
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit here and we loved it.
The waiter treated us like we were long time customers.
I had the Nicoise salad with ahi tuna and a chocolate soufflé.
Delicious and I can’t wait to go back.

E
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a leisurely lunch, the chicken Pillard was so tender it could be cut with a fork & tasted delicious. The salmon burger is excellent. The staff si friendly & helpful.

ML
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Just ok. Not sure how much ingredient quality and how much execution, but none of our dishes (wide variety among us) were better than ok. Service got slow/overwhelmed when tables filled up.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite neighborhood bistro to meet people for lunch. It is always reasonably quiet, and the service is excellent. Food is reliable and very good. Best onion soup and cheese souffle. Excellent salads, etc. Don't miss dessert!

K
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a nice dinner at Brasserie Cognac with old friends. Very pleasant. Good food. One nice thing was that when I spilled my glass of wine due to the fact that they had pulled two tables together for us and the height was uneven, so that when I put it down on the table cloth where the two tables were joined it tipped over. Without being asked, they refilled the glass, which was the right thing to do, but many restaurants would not do so.
The noise level is OK, and it has the feel of a neighborhood restaurant. Not as interesting food as a real French brasserie, but good.

RH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently wonderful, Cognac never disappoints. Don't miss the gougeres, the mussels or the steak frites.

MI
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was GREAT. Salmon was cooked perfectly as well as the scallops. The service was on point. Very very good. Definitely would recommend to friends. I would like them to address a small problem with the fruit flies that were flying around. That’s my only small complaint. Otherwise top notch.

KN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here many times and have enjoyed all I've eaten and I will not hesitate to go many more times and recommend. The only thing I would say is that they were skimpy on the amount of scallops for this somewhat expensive and delicious entree. The dish was more like an appetizer than a main course and should be adjusted for the latter. Otherwise, our meal was superb..

g
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Pleasant French bistro with okay food. Onion soup (gratinée) was quite good. Beef bourguignon was dried out in a tasteless sauce. Dessert (floating island) was okay but disappointed; custard not quite meeting the standard. Other main courses were satisfactory.

l
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good neighborhood restaurant, somewhat pricey for what it offers.

a
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good, attentive service. Food was tasty and portions size was just right. Came 30 minutes before reservation and was seated right away outside. Low key neighborhood keeper that I would patronize weekly if lived closer.

EC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food.

EI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I don't recommend to order the halibut, awful!

C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brasserie Cognac East has incredible food and the service is impeccable. Loved the mussels so much that I had that as my main course. However, I've eaten here several times before and come back for all the right neighborhood reasons - it's delicious, great service and local for me and my friends.

L
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Though the food was very good, the noise level was quite high and the service was a bit slow.

C
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I’ve been to Cognac at least three or four times before and did not notice an undue amount of noise. But this time it seriously interfered with my enjoyment and all three of my dining companions agreed. Aside from the noise of patrons’ conversation there was a lot of crashing of dinnerware and we weren’t even sitting near the kitchen. I don’t think I would go back.

D
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always enjoy lunching at this reliably satisfying UES spot. The staff are welcoming, the French-inspired food consistently good, and it offers a nice atmosphere for conversation and savoring the simple pleasures of dining with friends or business associates.

J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch outside on a gorgeous day.

g
New York Area
186 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The dining room at Brasserie Cognac was appealing, as was the menu -- but unfortunately these initial favorable impressions did not last long. Our server seemed unhappy (maybe having a bad day?) and the food was just not good. The poached eggs were not drained before being placed on the brioche toast, so the toast was flooded with water. The french toast was dry and flavorless. Both of these are simple dishes that many customers can make competently at home.

G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Small flies buzzing about the food.
Menu selection limited.

OL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place and good food. We loved it and will definitely be back !

CW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a wonderful meal here. This is my favorite restaurant in this neighborhood!

f
New York Area
164 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Meeting a friend and running late due to the torrential downpour didn’t make our reservation any less lovely and holding our table is always appreciated!
Delicious fresh ahi tuna nicoise, wonderful fresh artichoke soup without creme and a great beet salad with shrimp and a basket of gougeres makes any meal here a success in introducing another person to Cognac!

BC
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice especially if you are in the area oh hospitals

B
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Four of us, family, went there during Restaurant Week for lunch. The restaurant was mostly empty and therefore very quiet. We had a pleasant lunch but I found my and my husband's entree too salty. Escsargot was one of the choices for an appetizer and was very good. No dessert was offered with lunch, which was a disappointment.
Cognac's normal prices were quite high but it is on the Upper East Side.

g
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great restaurant week experience great food and service

IR
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good food, nice ambiance and not too noisy. The service was a bit slow but we were not in a rush. The waiters were very friendly.

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