Brasserie Cognac East

4.4
610 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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Below average food. Ok service, manager tries but food is just plain bad. Upper East Side restaurant mediocrity has its limits.

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UE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good UES little gem for ladies who lunch - always enjoy this restaurant.

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MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Been there several times. Two blocks from home. Consistent food, excellent service. Tuna tartare is a favorite & the cookie platter is fun to share.

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F
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always come here when I come to NY 8-10 tines a year for business. It is so charming and the food is EXCELLENT! Every time! Just as charming in winter too!

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OT
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It is our neighborhood club and we love it! Many thsnks

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OT
New York Area
186 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

we had a lovely lunch sitting outside and it was delightful!! We had also had dinner there the night before,-so we are 'Regulars' and happy to be so!!

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OT
New York Area
186 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

we love having Cognac in the neighborhood -- it is becoming a real 'club'-and also pretty good simple food... and good value.

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GD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy Cognac, our neighborhood gem! Love sitting in cozy bar area and actually ate at the bar this time. Bartender attentive and gave great service. Thanks Cognac!

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N
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cognac is always an easy spot with great food and service!

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LL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

I arrived at the restaurant a few minutes before the reservation time to ensure that I would be there to welcome my guest. Despite telling the person in charge that I had a reservation for two, I was perfunctorily checked in and told to choose a place wherever I wanted. So I did. Well, when my guest arrived a few minutes later, she was seated somewhere else in the restaurant and we both waited for each other for 15 minutes, until she texted me. Poor service!

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MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Have enjoyed BCE numerous times when visiting UES museums

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ML
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t had a bad meal ever in this restaurant. Always good and service always amazing

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MB
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is good, pleasant atmosphere both inside and outside, nice location.

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JO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I've been here many times and was always very happy with the experience. But this time the service was slow and indifferent, my old time favorite - cheese shouffle was tasteless - I detected no cheese.
Too bad but I'll not be back.

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FK
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food, lovely ambiance. Nice staff. Would highly recommend

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a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I have been to this restaurant many times and the manager tonight was unfamiliar to me. He had an arrogant and non accommodating attitude. This used to be my go to restaurant in my neighborhood but I may not go back there again.

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l
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My go to neighborhood restaurant. Varied menu, always delicious and attentive service. Dependable, reliable and quiet enough to have a conversation.

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N
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I have been to brasserie cognac multiple times in the past and have always had a good experience. This time, unfortunately, was a really bad experience. We waited about 20 minutes for our wine, and no one came back to pour us a second glass. We had menus for the better part of an hour with no one coming to tell us about specials or taking our order. Finally when we did order, one of our entrées was missing. Three of us were finished with dinner by the time I was fourth Diner was served. It took forever to get the check. The food was good but the service marred the experience, especially for our friends who are there for the first time. Our server mentioned they were using a new computer system which might be the reason, but they better get it fixed soon.

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CC
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Very cozy restaurant in great location. The problems are two-fold: the tables are crammed together making it very noisy; and the service is indifferent.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULOUS! My "go to"restaurant on the Eastside. Especially the mussels!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent staff, accommodating and friendly. However, the clientele is extremely stuffy. My father and I had dinner with my cousin visiting from D.C. we had a lot to celebrate after a long time apart. A pretty standard UES dragon lady interrupted our nice meal to tell us we were too loud for this establishment. Our party, and this woman and her husband, were the only ones upstairs. It’s only natural that you might hear us in our celebratory tone. Regardless, it was rude, and jarring. We politely obliged and tried not to let her words ruin our experience. The food was delicious and the staff was lovely, but I will not return knowing the fellow diners I would be subjecting myself and loved ones too.

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g
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Son-in-law Birthday

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great old time French cooking! We will return.

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MB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cognac is a delight. Vrai bistro.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food
Good ambiance
A bit pricy

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JJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food from appetizers, entrees, dessert are excellent!

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j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful place for a casual meal — friendly, cheerful, and attractive, with quite good food.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch was great! Service outstanding!

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IR
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous lunch.

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f
New York Area
153 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
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
83 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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