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Brasserie Cognac East

4.4
443 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Great for Lunch
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday- Wednesday 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm
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Phone number
(212) 249-5100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
70th street
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Parking details
Closest private parking located at 200 East 70th Street (Between 2nd and 3rd Ave)
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Public transit
By Subway:
- 2 blocks away from the green line, at Lexington Avenue and 68th street;
- 2 avenues away from the 2nd avenue Q line, by taking the 70th street exit;
By Bus:
Close to the M66, M72, M98, M101, M102, M103 and BxM1 bus stations
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Special events & promotions
Monday Night, no corkage fee.
For private events - https://cognaceast.com/private-parties/
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Cognac East's private room is perfect for an intimate dinner!

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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

What 443 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
service
4.2
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3.9
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

A lovely restaurant with delicious food. Service is especially good and the upstairs is quiet.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Gougeres!!!! The salmon burgers are lovely perfect size perfectly cooked. But the Gougeres!!!😍😍😍

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

All was good and the waiters responsive but the cheese shuffle was pretty bland and the
cappuccino was watery. Still a fun place!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Love this place a favorite

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Great neighborhood restaurant with varied selection and good table service. It would be nice, however, if they could honor special reservation requests. I specifically asked for downstairs but when I arrived they could only seat us upstairs unless I wanted to wait for people to finish dessert - which could take a long time.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Delicious Cheese Soufflee to celebrate a long friendship. Can’t think of a better cheese soufflee and very attentive service. The space /venue downstairs is a little cramped but I guess you can ask for a more quiet table upstairs. Nothing like a place like Cognac to share fond memories, as the restaurant itself has been there for a long time .

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

So happy to have Cognac in my neighborhood. There is a good variety of choices, the food is very good (remember to start with the gourgeres!) and the coffee creme brulee is one of my all time favorite desserts. I don't really even drink, but the place has that going on too!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

I have been going here for many years, the food is usually good. Great tuna tartare

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

A neighbor gem. My go-to place either by myself or with friends whenever I am staying in the neighborhood. Can't beat their onion soup and burgers. Souffle is lovely as is the beet/ citrus salad.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I like the ambience here with red banquets that place your eyes at street level to people watch. The service was good but the food is lacking. I had the beef bourgoignon, which just showed a lack on interest in the preparation. The sauce could have been from a can as it was on the bland side. The tuna tartare appetizer was okay.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

The food here is mediocre and the waitperson focuses on trying to get you to add on drinks, appetizers, and desserts. I did not find this a pleasant dining experience.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Unfortunately we were very disappointed. The escargot was tasteless, the hanger steak ordered medium was swimming in sauce-which I had the waiter remove-and the steak was like eating venison. The price of the hanger steak was $6.00 more than on their website although everything else was priced the same as the website. My friend ordered the tart as an appetizer which she liked very much, but thought the mussels to be a bit ordinary. The wines were very good and priced well.
Sadly we would definitely not be returning to this beautiful restaurant.

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Service was OK, a bit rushed until we asked for some time.

The food was not great. The omelette was hard as a rock., and basically overcooked. It's not scrambled eggs it's not a diner. The accompanying salad had no dressing and the french fries were cooked previously and held in the fry basket or under a heat lamp for quite a while. Dry and overcooked.

I expected more.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

As always service was great and their staff are super nice. Started with the basket of cheese puffs which are so good. My friends had the avocado toast and the spinach salad which they said were very good. I had one of my favorites which is the scallops. They always cook them perfectly. So good. Such a great spot to have in the neighborhood. Always delightful. We will keep coming back.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Lovely lunch , everything far above average, excellent food, experienced and helpful staff....definitely will return

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Good, solid neighborhood place. We are repeat customers. Consistently first class food & service.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Excellent, old-world service! What a gem!

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Nice place for quiet lunch in this neighborhood. Not too casual, nor too fancy.
They have good options and something for everyone.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

It was Very Noisy. The service was good. I had a Tuna - Spinach salad. It was supposed to be medium rare, but came out definitively rare. The Salad Dressing was delicious.
I would go back, but not when it was so crowded.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Delightful evening. Food and service outstanding. Can't wait to go back!

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Two guests ordered the Wednesday special - coq au vin. Very disappointing and unflavorful.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

We have come to Cognaac enough to know that it is one of our favorite restaurants on the UES.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Great ambiance, service and food. A comfortable and traditional New York French restaurant.

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4.0Dined on January 3, 2018

So, so cozy- delicious French food and attentive, smiling staff. Perfect day for French onion soup!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Exquisite neighborhood gem. Great onion soup, perfect simple salad, and a filet mignon burger that was amazing.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Once seated upstairs, away from the bustle and noise, this was extremely pleasant experience. The menu had varied choices for all tastes, with particular praise for the tuna tart. The staff was very attentive and we did not feel that the upstairs was "in Siberia." Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner with my son

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent manager Adrian most helpful; Staff very accommodating; given perfect table for comfort and location. Seems more of a family-run restaurant than part of a larger chain. High recommendation.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent!! I am definitely going back & I highly recommend it to everyone

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

A great neighborhood spot for a quick meal or a full dinner. Warm ambience, excellent food.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2017

A little gem on the upper east side. We ate there twice during our four day visit. French food with a twist.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Sat at the bar for drinks and appetizers, had the cheese puffs and escargot. Food was great and came out in good time, wine selection was great and they have Kronenberg on tap!

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3.0Dined on November 30, 2017

I would be reluctant to return, not because of the food or service, but because it was very difficult to carry on a conversations thanks to the noise. And I had requested a quiet table in advance.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

A comfortable, very pleasant place to be, serving recognizable food the way Julia Childs might have cooked it!
I always feel as though I'm in Paris in the 60's and that ain't bad!
Order an aperitif, onion soup, and relax... what could be better?

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4.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Food is very good and price is reasonable. Staff is friendly and provide good service. Their mushroom risotto is usually amazing!

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Very nice and cozy place !

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4.0Dined on November 13, 2017

This is the second time I've eaten here (the first was lunch, many years ago). My companion suggested it, as it is near Hunter College, and she had an event there she wanted to attend. I had not been too impressed the first time, but this time it was very pleasant. My companion first had the squash soup, which was one of the specials offered, and then the cheese fondue. I had the mussels. Each of us had a glass of wine, and we both had coffee afterward. I was pleasantly surprised by the price, which I thought was good value, and the service was really excellent --beginning with the fact that that the hostess had saved a banquette for us, as my companion had wanted, and continuing on through the coffee -- my companion wanted espresso and as they didn't bring a lemon peel with it, she requested one and it arrived rapidly. My mussels were very good -- maybe not the largest in creation, but plenty of them, and plenty of sauce to go with them, plus fine French fries. My companion said her squash soup was only average, and it took a few minutes for her fondue to heat up as much as she wanted, but it was sitting on a nice little gas fire, so it did warm up eventually and I think she enjoyed it

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2017

We enjoyed the food and service with friends on Sunday night. The tuna appetizer and halibut special were very good as was the onion soup and Niçoise salad.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food, wonderful service! For a change an unhurried meal with discreet yet totally attentive service and in a lovely setting where we could all hear ourselves talk! From the cheese platter to entrees, specials and dessert, outstanding all around!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

I have often enjoyed lunch at Cognacs but this was my first dinner and everything was outstanding. Food surpassed all expectations.

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