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Brasserie Cognac East

4.6
822 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 822 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DanielC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice upper eastside restaurant, we chose this place due to menu and location. We were not disappointed. The food was good.

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SariF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Outdoor. Good service.

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vipJillG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Everything was great except they were doing construction on the outdoor seating area right next to where everyone was eating. It was extremely loud and multiple people complained. Otherwise the service was terrific as well as the food.

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vipChrissyW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite French restaurant in my niehhborhood. My husband and I ate indoors there each of the past 2 weeks and felt very comfortable there. The food is always excellent and the service too. Their signature cocktails are something special - their Late Night in Paris is my newest favorite. Strawberry Basil Martini and cilantro margarita are awesome too! Merci beau coup!

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Theatergoer
New England
39 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Brasserie Cognac East is one of our favorite spots in Manhattan. They've done an outstanding job transitioning to outside dining, and the service remains impeccable. On this occasion we visited for lunch accompanied by our granddaughter. My steak frites entree was excellent, and the three-scoop ice cream dessert selected by our granddaughter easily satisfied all three of us! Our only criticism is that my wife's salmon portion was a bit skimpy. We'll be sure to visit Cognac East again.

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EveA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Unfortunately we were joined my mice at our dinner , both on the ground and in the partition. They would not leave. kept returning. We ate outdoors, perhaps that is the issue.?
Have always liked this restaurant, however can no longer eat there due to this. Glad to give it a try when the pandemic is over.
Hopefully the problem is not indoors as well.

We asked to speak with the manager, to alert him to this, the manager never came to speak with us.

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AlejandraV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! And very tasty. If you are thinking of coming, make sure you do!! In door seating is very nice and spacious.

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vipBarbaraW
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant
ESPECIALLY during this difficult times.
setup outside is beautiful food great staff works very hard... we are very appreciative that they are open.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food. It was really done well. And the service was excellent. You are in for a treat.

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judithj
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going there. Love the ambience (memories of the interior, these days, but outside is wonderful too). Love the food and the service!

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vipStaf
New York Area
163 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

this is a lovely restaurant and the food is very good, but because of Covid, we were outside which takes away from the ambience of the restaurant and adds to the noise level, so I really can't comment about what it would be like if we were inside

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anonymous
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant outdoor dining experience. The atmosphere was charming and the food and service were wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening dining outdoors in an elegant, tasteful ambience with a delicious meal coupled with impeccable service. We will return for certain. Thank you!

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sfeater
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Hard to find a place to eat outdoors with adequate spacing near me so this is one of my go to places. Service at lunch is better than at dinner in my experience. Food is ok. I've had mussels there twice. The first time they were plump and juicy. This time they were small and dried up. At dinner they were rushing us to order but when I tried to get a check it took me ages and the diners had mostly cleared out so it wasn't that they were overwhelmed.... Ok during the the pandemic. If other places reopened I wouldn't rush back

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vipSquarehead
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was elegantly prepared and delicious. There was a good selection of reasonably priced wines. The service was attentive. The hostess was gracious. This a gem of a restaurant.

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francoiseD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very nice diner with my daughter for her birthday

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vipfaithe
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just lovely!!! Great food and wonderful service.

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vipBeth
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for lunch!

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vipLindaNYC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Consistently good on every level. Has done a wonderful job with outdoor dining during COVID.

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vipKimS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience1

Nice running around outside ruined the good food

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vipSusanJ
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience1

We were dining outside and there were several mice running around near the tables. I am sure this happens at other places but we had to get up and leave as there were just too many of them.

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vipSusanF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Too many mice

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vipJohn
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We ate here for the first time, outside, and the restaurant did a remarkable job, despite the challenges of serviing outside and the lack of indoor dining. The food was great, tables well placed, great ambiance (good weather also). Recommended in these trying times for us and the restaurant staff and owners.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great set up for outdoor dining on a side street with well spaced tables and good shading from umbrellas and canopies. My spinach salad with shrimp was light and delicious, and the ambiance was perfect on an early fall day.

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vipkarinechka
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The food came way too fast, and the Nicoise salad portion was very small in comparison to the other times I ordered the same. Also way to salty.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great. Only problem was they swapped the temperature of our steaks. Still delicious and the cocktails are wonderful! Try to strawberry basil martini!

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vipRapper1
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brasserie Cognac was the perfect choice for lunch. The food was excellent as was the service and it’s location outside on 70th Street was
comfortable.

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vipCourtney
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so good and so perfectly French Bistro. Mussels Meunière, Steak Frites, Onion soup amazing!

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vipkennylowereastside
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The outdoor dining is well done, although there is an enormous mouse population the needs controlling!

The menu is reasonable but strangely lacking in interesting items- the fish is salmon, the meat is steak... what is on the menu is pretty well prepared but not exactly memorable. Profiteroles were with ice cream rather than a cream filling which was surprising. No cheese plate, which is also somewhat surprising for. French restaurant.

Good wine list.

All in all- you probably won’t be sorry, but you probably good do better in this neighborhood.

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vipTWolfe
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I want to love this place as we live a half a block away and it is so darn pretty, but (especially with the abundance of French restaurants), the food is a bit inconsistent for the price.

Loved the onion soup and cheese puffs. Excellent fries. But the burger was overcooked and flavorless and the mussels were tiny and gritty.

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vipSteveC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun evening, good food. Our waiter Wilson was excellent, made the night fun!

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vipBarbaraW
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful restaurant out door seating very safe, food & service great love restaurant we go 1-2 a week.

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Maryirene
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely. Was my husbands birthday and we couldn’t have been more pleased. Hostess, Andrea, was so accommodating. Food, service, and ambience were great. This is a restaurant that understands what is meant by 6 foot distancing. So important. Highly recommend!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazingly delicious food and very attentive service!

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AustinC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, lovely ambience. A tad pricey but it's NYC after all. Definitely would recommend.

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vipyumeat
New England
20 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in cozy outdoor space. One of my favorite UES restaurants.

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vipLincoln
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends loved it/ food outstanding! Service- attemtive! Great outdoor dining!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience2

Felt rushed by staff

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vipnina
New York Area
255 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good varied menu. Food is very fresh/good. Have been for lunch several times - comfortable outdoor seating/dining. Staff is efficient and good that they don't hover or friendly. Like this place in this neighborhood because it's not on the Avenue ( very noisy )

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patricia
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very slow service in every way. Food not as good as previous meals.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Brasserie Cognac East using the Order Online button. Brasserie Cognac East also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Brasserie Cognac East also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 249-5100.

Brasserie Cognac East is rated 4.6 stars by 822 OpenTable diners.

Brasserie Cognac East does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.brasseriecognac.com/store/gift-cards/#digital-gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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