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About Brasserie Cognac

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. Located in the theater district and frequented by celebrities, businessmen, locals and tourists, the setting is both exciting and charming. The Brasserie style menu offers French classics . Guests can choose to dine in the outdoor sidewalk café, casual original French bakery, classic main dining room, lively bar/lounge or the private Cognac Room as they enjoy meals complimented by 102 varieties of cognac and a gorgeous wine list including first-growth Bordeaux sold by the glass.

1740 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 7:30 am-11am
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 5:30pm;
Brunch:Sat-Sun 10am-4:30pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
55th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 757-3600

Website:
http://www.cognacrestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
N, R, Q & W trains to the 57th Street Station.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Special Menu Available for Valentine's Day!

Private Dining

Host your next party at Brasserie Cognac where our experienced staff will serve your guests memorable cuisine in our beautiful atmosphere. For events, you can rent our lounge, dinning room or the entire restaurant to accommodates 200 people for seated and 350 for standing.

Brasserie Cognac Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (46)
Casual (27)
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Neighborhood Gem (22)
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Authentic (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Business Meals (15)
Special Occasion (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Cozy (11)
Late-night Find (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Fun (9)
People Watching (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Romantic (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
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·Dined 3 days ago

It’s our favorite spot any time of the year! Food and wine variety is great, service is impeccable and the location pretty much to die for!

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Always consistent--my go to for business lunches. Service and food are always terrific.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

I try to eat here every time I am in NYC. It's a great spot. You can have a full meal or just a snack.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 6 days ago

We were pleasantly surprised at the excellent cuisine - from the hour here’s to the martini- everything was perfect. A little pricey- glass of wine 15.00 so dinner for four was over 200.00- but the dining experience was well worth the price. We will definitely be returning!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

This was our second visit to this restaurant. And it was as good as the first time. We stayed at a hotel a few blocks away . Breakfast was delicious and the service was great. This will definitely be one of our stops when we visit the city.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I took a friend for dinner before an 8pm Carnegie Hall performance. I arrived at 6pm, my guest at 6:30. When she arrived the waiter had not even poured water for the table. At 6:50 a waiter finally took our drink and food order. The drinks and appetizers arrived at 7:10. At 7:35 our dinner had not been delivered to us. We had to leave. As we were putting on our coats the dinner arrived and they were less than pleased that we would not stay to eat it. We would never go back.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great location for theater (B'way & 55th), service efficient and friendly. Had cheese and tomato tart as shared appetizer, just right size for 2 or 3 to share if you don't want to get too full before main meal. I had excellent mussels, companion Nicoise salad, both good, and we were in plenty of time to make a 7:30 performance without feeling at all like we were waiting down to wire to get served or to get the bill paid. Would definitely return.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Very good went for restaurant week and will definitely retur
Our waiter Edgar was great

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Seasonal, Fun, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

This is one of our local favorites on Broadway, on the corner of 55th. We visit NYC about 6 to 8 times a year and we use Cognac for our brunch on Sundays. We are never disappointed. this past visit was exceptional... great service... delicious food and excellent value!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Luckily, we were at a quiet evening at this restaurant - so it was very lovely and pleasant.
There are evenings at Congnac where the restaurant is very busy and very noisy - and
therefore not that pleasant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The Restaurant Week menu was great. I loved the escargot appetizer. My bass entree was delicious.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Tasty dinner, nice ambiance, and attentive service. Will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Fine evening of pretheater dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Go to this restaurant every month before Carnegie Hall. Never disappointed. Always accommodating. Our regular waiter, Manuel, is fabulous and puts up with our requests with a smile.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Delicious food and the service was friendly and professional. Great French food option near Carnegie Hall.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Nice food and good atmosphere.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Dining was compromised with poor kitchen work
Unseasoned steak. Roasted chicken not crisp but soggy
Manager apologized and took one entree off the bill but three dishes were below what can be served

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Very friendly and attentive staff. Good food. Paul the bartender great drinks and good company.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Busboys could have been a little bit more attentive ( had to ask a few times for water refills). Other than that, service was pleasant and food delicious!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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food4
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food and atmosphere were wonderful. The service was a bit slow but only because there was not enough staffing but our server was excellent. Unfortunately, the evening was not quite perfect due to the temperature of the restaurant. It was extremely hot which made dinner very uncomfortable. However, we would definitely give this restaurant another try.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good food, excellent location and fantastic service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.
This is always a reliable restaurant uptown or midtown.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

go to their Eastside location. This location is not up to par with the other.

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food2
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

First time dining here during restaurant week. Escargots were delicious followed by the Hanger steak a la steak frites style with French fries and finally the dessert which was great. Had a pleasant dining experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We had a great waiter, Bladimir (sp?) who was exceptionally attentive and made great recommendations. The food, as usual, was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Service was slow. Tables were cramped. Soup was semi cold, burger was dry and overdone. Brioches buns were stale

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

My salmon salad was beautifully presented, and my friend loved the escargot. We both had hanger steak with béarnaise, which was excellently prepared. Great coffee, too.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This place is a typical tourist trap - it is conveniently close to Carnegie Hall (we were heading there after dinner) and the Times Square. We are very familiar with the French cuisine - and found that this restaurant's food was of acceptable quality (but, for example, their soups and salad dishes were very average in quality), however, the service was abominable. The waiter was rushing us and making wrong assumptions about what we had ordered - and i generally was not happy with the way he was interacting with us. I noticed that he was serving too many tables at the same time, so it is possible that he had too much on his plate. I will never go back again and don't recommend this place to anybody who likes real French food. It would have been better if we had just stopped by at the nearby Maison Kayser cafe...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

While the waiter was efficient, the restaurant was extremely short- staffed, with what looked like one waiter attending to all the tables; assisting him were busboys who had to refer all inquiries and requests to the waiter and only did the serving.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My wife and I were in NYC for a recital at Carnegie Hall. We had never eaten at Brasserie Cognac before, but we know it was close by and that it had a good reputation. We're glad we gave it a try, and we'll be back. We especially appreciate how our waiter managed to provide very good service, despite being seriously overworked (you need a second waiter in the southeast section when it's busy).

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The restaurant should re do it’s billing system. Ok to tell us what the tip would be at 15 20 25% but the same amount showed up once we split the bill. If I hadn’t been paying attention we both would have given 20% or 40%!
The waiter showed me on the bottom of the bill that the amount was based on the total check and to split it. Put that language on the TOP of the split bill. So there would be no mistakes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food and service was excellent! Offered us cheese puffs on the house, accommodated substitutions, overall an amazing experience. Menu was great and would definitely come back to try some other items.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We dined at Brasserie Cognac post matinee and on the recommendation of friends. It serves basic but very well prepared dishes such that one might find in a Bistro or Brasserie in France. Each course was better than expected. I will go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The appetizer of snails was excellent. The main dish paella had a lot of fish with a little rice. The spices were excellent. The wine was good.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was great, service absent. The waitress was literally absent. We had to flag down the waitress, or a busboy, for every single want or need. We were initially disappointed because very early, 7:30, on a cold winter Saturday evening they were out of beef bourguignon, the reason we chose this restaurant. Attempted to explain our disappointment with the service to the “manager” after the dinner, we were summarily dismissed. Will NEVER dine there again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I was very disappointed by the service. The staff looked a bit overwhelmed and not very attentive. It’s supposed to be a high scale restaurant and we didnt receive high quality service.
The food is very good, except for the blue cheese sauce hidden in the burger and not announced as part of the description. It kinda ruin your food if you don’t like blue cheese.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We went to Brasserie Cognac prior to the theater.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We very much enjoyed our dinner
The only comment concerning the food is that the paillard while generous was somewhat dry - a difficult dish I know to keep moist.
Otherwise a lovely evening!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We arrived a little early for the dinner menu but they absolutely accommodated us with our menu selection.

Seats are very close together is the only negative. Service was outstanding, food was excellent and quite frankly we were totally impressed!

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

NOT LGBT FRIENDLY!!!! I was on a date with my partner and the waiter refused service to us. He clearly was homophobic. I had to get up and ask the host every time I needed something, which was 5 times in total. I only saw the waiter once! If you’re gay do not eat here!!!

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