Brasserie Cognac East

4.3
636 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Small flies buzzing about the food.
Menu selection limited.

OL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

f
New York Area
159 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice especially if you are in the area oh hospitals

B
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
91 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great restaurant week experience great food and service

IR
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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

Not as good servers as usual but maybe because it was a Sunday night

J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service!

F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always there is a great variety of menu items and excellent service

MB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has to be one of NYC's finest French restaurants. I love the varied menu with dishes like Cheese Fondue and Cheese Souffle that are hard to find elsewhere. I will be a repeat customer as long as they continue to employ excellent chefs and top-flight waiters. It's hard not to drool just thinking of my last meal there just two days ago.... cheese fondue! the best ever French onion soup! and a dessert made in heaven: Strawberry & vanilla vacherin with raspberry & passion fruit coulisse topped with a strawberry meringue.. Oh My! When I return this Sunday, I know it will be hard to choose from their menu because each dish has its own sumptuous appeal. The restaurant is elegant but cozy and is set in a beautiful neighborhood of charming townhouses with glowing lanterns to light your way at night.

NS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always very good, s rvice is good and friendly,
noise level is too high

F
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent! Great wait staff! Thanks!

H
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were attending a function at Hunter College at 7:30 and needed a nice restaurant nearby. We love French restaurants so we gave Brasserie Cognac a try. We were pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent and the service was first rate. Some of the staff even spoke French. It was an early dinner yet there were quite a few diners which gave the place a nice tone. Definitely worth a visit if you are on the Upper East Side.

L
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a comfortable and casual restaurant that should appeal to all ages. The service was excellent except for the bus boy clearing the appetizer plates while one was still eating. The food was very good. The pork chop was a good size and tasty. Bouillabaisse was very good although they need to add a few more mussels to the order. The beef was tender. There is a nice selection of wines by the bottle starting in the mid $50 range. Excellent creme brûlée.
The bartender made good cocktails albeit that his knowledge of certain spirits wasn’t up to par.
I recommend this restaurant. Nice place to go relax and enjoy good food with attentive service.

FI
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This was my first time at the restaurant and was my friend’s choice. I had the chicken salad which was tasty although not more cabbages and she’ll than chicken. The creme brûlée was lovely. Always a winner.

r
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

always pleasant for an evening out with friends

EB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A breezy summer evening, city rather empty this past weekend, and so we sat aside. Staff was super attentive, cheery and the food was bistro perfect. Well he back! We usually dine at their west side location but this petite sister spot was especially charming.

L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, friendly service- outstanding food!

EC
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

My experience was horrible and I will not return. My friend returned her salmon burger after each taste hoping fir improvement. The manager offered dessert "OR" coffee and refused to include both. We were informed ONE OR THE OTHER and then the manager proceeded to send out a highlighted print out of the "policy". I've been going to Cognac East since the doors opened but will NOT RETURN. In addition, I ordered salad nicoise. Wouldn't one assume that the salmon was included. When the waited asked if I want salmon of course I said yes. It seemed a confusing question. When I got the bill I was up charged 9.00. The waiter could and should have told me there'd be an additional price. The entire experience was ridiculous. Not a way to treat customers. I would tell you there are several other wonderful restaurants on the same Street. SKIP COGNAC EAST!

PH
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brasserie Cognac East has some physical charm. It's located in an Upper East Side townhouse, circa late 19th Century, and that gives it a special ambience. (It also has outdoor dining when weather permits.) The stuff coming out of the kitchen (mostly French, but with some American comfort food twists like the hamburger I ordered) is first rate. The service was a bit imperfect when we first came in, but improve as the dinner progressed. The crowd appeared to be mostly local. Worth experiencing.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Quiet neighborhood restaurant with some outdoor seating on a tree lined side street serving bistro fare. The crowd is older.

CA
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well done French classics including excellent soufflés in a cozy quiet neighborhood setting. Friendly attentive service seals the deal. Great little place to stop in

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
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.

CT
New England
43 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Brasserie Cognac East is a gorgeous restaurant with a classic, romantic feel and an authentic menu. Every time I walk past it, I feel compelled to step inside. It's a charming date night spot and is also great for family meals. I would choose it for dinner over brunch though, as I think both the menu and service is better.

UE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
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.

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!

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

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!!

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.

GD
New York Area
16 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!

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

JO
New York Area
3 reviews
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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