Brasserie Cognac

4.1
1608 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. 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.
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h
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Atrocious service; arrogant, argumentative hostess.

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f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was convenient for a post-concert meal. The food was OK, but not exceptional.

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D
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our very first time visiting this wonderful restaurant. The food was just superb and the service was excellent. I must mention that the Goat cheese tomato tart and Chicken salad were absolutely fabulous !

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G
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not quite 4 stars. Even service, quality of food, etc. Wine fairly priced. Perhaps a bit shy on ambiance. But a nice time and I’d return.

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RV
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good but service could have been more attentive and solicitous especially since at the very beginning of the meal we already told him to speed up the delivery of the food because we were catching a show at Carnegie Hall.

Otherwise, the onion soup was hearty and tasty; the escargot was excellent with just the right amount of garlic; and the steak frites superb and perfectly cooked.

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AW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing steak frites and great service. Definitely try the cheese puffs!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

New Year’s Day. Brought friends here based on nice brunch experiences. The restaurant was fairly empty, but the music (pop/rhythmic background noise) was far too loud for the place. Service was slow and inattentive. Appetizers and cocktails were decent. For my main course, I ordered the filet mignon flambé. It arrived, not flambéed with a little dish of cold sauce (“cognac peppercorn sauce”) to pour over my 39 dollar steak. I sent it back and when it arrived again it was piping hot but the sauce tasted not at all of cognac and quite a lot of store bought beef base. Edible but disappointing for the price and ambiance. We skipped dessert and won’t be back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding serve on Dec 31 NYE!
Ordered beef bourguignon and beef wellington - One of my best meals in NYC for French cuisine lovers!

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slow. Had to ask 3 times for bread after the meal arrived

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J
New England
120 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed a delicious dinner salad with a glass of wine. My husband had steak and frites that he thought were very well prepared. We had a very nice experience during a crazy weekend (New Years) in NYC. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty, warm, good food - always an excellent choice for lunch, brunch or dinner

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HA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place, and have been there many times. We just brought a friend who was in from England, he loved it too. The staff are extremely friendly, the entire vibe is congenial, comfortable, and homey. The ambient sound level is low enough to actually have a conversation without shouting (sadly rare in NYC), and the menu offers lots of options. Great wine list too. Highly recommended!

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g
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food really disapointed!

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PM
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was mediocre at best. The Foie Gras was tasteless as were the Moules. Others at the table felt the same about their meals.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere. We both had the filet and it was fantastic! Dessert was chocolate mousse and it was outstanding. Highly recommend

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Theatre night

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and reasonable prices!

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JP
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Solid menu, good quality steaks and burgers. What they advertised as foie gras is not what you expect. Service left to be desired. Conveniently located closed to SW Central Park and Columbus Circle

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent evening meal on Christmas Day. Being British and a hop,skip and jump from 'La Manche' we take opportunity to visit France pretty often and our meal was as good as we'd expect in a French city. Option for Ricard as a pastis aperitif rather than the cloyingly sweet Pernod was greatly appreciated Moules Marieneire were excellent but would have benefited from some French bread to soak up the sauce.

Would certainly return when we're next in NYC.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice place, but they include 20% tip fee, without giving the customer choice. the service was not that good.

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DW
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The cheese fondue was fabulous! We ordered the cheese puffs but never got them so not sure how they were. Also had the filet mignon hamburger that my husband adored! We had dark chocolate soufflé for dessert and it was rich and absolutely delicious! The service was not good. I asked for coffee twice and finally got another waiter and finally got it. Food was good but service was off and it was not busy during our visit.

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CA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We took our daughter and her 3 children to dinner. Service was pretty slow but since we all were happy to talk, we didn't need to eat and run. Perhaps it was our waiters first night on the job as he seemed inexperienced. Did not like the frites as soggy. Why did they change them from the smaller crisper ones??? The steak was average. The chocolate cake was disappointing and not very good. But we will stop in again as is a nice brasserie ambience even if the food could be more authentic. Not enough garlic!!!

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Just what we wanted, to spend time with old and special friends-

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SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

the service was awful and the food was mediocre. it was pretheater and there was clearly not enough help

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h
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good every time I have been here. Our waiter, Manuel, is so good. He remember us each time we come and what our favorite choices are.

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B
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Both Escargot appetizer and Tuna Tartar as main course were outstanding and well worth another visit.

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s
New York Area
217 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Sunday brunch that was fair. Tomato/goat cheese tart came ice cold and well as the cappuccino. Wound give it another chance

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JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We has a very enjoyable experience at the restaurant on a busy Saturday evening in the Holiday season. The server was quite efficient and attentive and we were also very pleased with the quality of the food...would deifinately return

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R
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lived in NYC for 25 years and have never been here...This is part of a chain and I have been to the others on the Upper West Side...My mussels were fantastic, the fries not so much.

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EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very nice. The entire ambiance was perfect. Food and service were good.

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j
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and everything went well. We had a great corner table, great service and excellent food.

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DB
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The scallops with the butternut squash veggie mix were amazing! My husband's steak was good, but not exceptional. And his two sides were both starches! Not quite sure why there wasn't more of a variety to that entree. We had a lovely chocolate after-dinner drink. A great place to go before a show, but leave plenty of time!

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AG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Seating towards the back area(long bench up against the wall needs reinforcing, when seating you sink in and it's very uncomfortable). Thank you.

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m
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

avocado toast...was cold
brunch menu did not include this item
prefer lunch to brunch

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was appalling. There were hardly any waitstaff and got my order wrong. Had to wait an hour for my soufflé.

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OT
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall good food was a little cold

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Last minute reservation while visiting the city,
Sat down, was somewhat late 9:00pm, looked at the menu, wanted to order bourguignon, they were out.
Steak frite, they were out...
Figured something that they still had, ordered appetizers: escargots, and they drop off a basket of stale wonder bread, like it’s fine, and we think this is not right... they bring the escargots (which we’re fine) the waiter comes over and checks on us, we call him out on the bread and he starts arguing with us: we are out of bread, that’s all we have, etc....
I understand you run out of stuff, just don’t bring me stale white toast and act like it’s standard.. at a French restaurant...
We told him to cancel the rest of the order and paid our bill and left

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JT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly service

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have enjoyed our first dinner At Brasserie Cognac. Food and wine was very good and we liked the decor and ambiance. We had Mussels, Cheese Foundue and Filet Mignon Burger. Service was little slow maybe because the restaurant was packed before shows start. We will be back and I highly recommend.

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LA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Ordered Pre-Fixe meals (their "Pre-Theatre Pre-Fixe") for five people. Only 2 of 5 sides came to the table. None of the after-dinner coffees came. We were given a ~20% discount on the check by management, so they reacted accordingly and fairly. Still wish it hadn't come to that.

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