Brasserie Cognac

4.2
1659 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Slow service, half empty, okay food. Barely paid attention to our small group.

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R
New England
413 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We got together with another family for brunch. Everyone enjoyed their food, and we had many different types of food. The menu is varied. The service was a bit slow as the server was very busy, and many of the staff were not able to communicate with the table to answer questions. Nonetheless, we had an excellent meal, and felt no rush.

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JB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Manager took care of us, lovely gentleman. Service good, food very good, value decent. Nice place to go for brunch.

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IF
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice neighbourhood feel to the ambience, the menu and service. Wines are not bad since everything is reasonably priced.

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LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation for a group of friends. More RSVP'd than I had expected and Brasserie Cognac was able to increase the number of my party not once, but twice. Food was beautifully presented and delicious. Service was impeccable -- especially impressive because we were such a large group.

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NB
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

It's a great pre-theater dining destination, and classier than many of its local counterparts. The service is often rushed, though, and the dinner I hosted their for 8 was dampened only by our harried, annoyed server. Everything else was great though.

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BP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A real French Barsserie. The steak tartare was one of the best I've even eaten - flavourings were perfect - not too strong but subtly there. Loved the egg to add in. Filet was excellent. Floating Island was just OK. Not very French. Service good but Alex [?] a bit busy. I had to get his attention to bring me the bill. But he really knew his stuff. We stayed at the WestHouse and your location is great.
Lovely restaurant and reasonably priced.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Only disappointment: I have 2 different ways of getting a 20% discount at this restaurant. We both ordered prix fixe dinners. Gave one of my discount cards to my server, who abruptly said, prix fixe is already discounted. We can’t discount further. This is not stated anywhere, so I was both surprised and disappointed.

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AF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Apps were great and do was dessert. Needed more people so we could sample more dessert. Will have to go back

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BO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our dining experience at Brasserie Cognac. The food and service were excellent. However the sound level was a bit overwhelming.

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AN
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I found The restaurant way too noisy for me but others might not think so. Food is reliably good

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s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We tried to order 4 different types of wine and grapefruit juice and they were out of all of these! I also ordered a burger with gorgonzola. It was good but there was a different cheese and guacamole on it?

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P
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great surprise to find a restaurant near the theater that served a brunch that included multiple choices and a delicious Bloody Mary One comment: since the restaurant is connected to a bakery the bread basket could be more interesting. All personnel helpful and friendly.

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MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was great. Filet Mignon burger was juicy, with great flavor from onions and Gorgonzola. Cognac chicken, tender and yummy. I’ve never had haricot verts with such perfectly crisp texture, not soggy and not so hard you can’t chew them. Our favorite was a shared bowl of lobster bisque-light and really tasting of sweet lobster and (tarragon?) A huge added bonus for us was being able to talk and actually hear each other! Service was perfect.

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A restaurant with character and high quality food. Service was amenable and responsive.

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Austin
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cognac selection, very attentive staff, and a really lovely experience!

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VP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch with my mom. Lovely service. Good food. Very pleasant and great location for us.

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PJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pretty restaurant & diverse menu (something for everyone from steak to vegetarian options). Had to call twice to increase numbers & they were very accommodating. Attentive service.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was very good, staff was friendly and the French cuisine authentic

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JJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I try to hit this place whenever I am in NYC, which is about 7 times a year. It's close to where I stay and has food, service and ambience I like.

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F
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Waiter didn’t rush us so we enjoyed our drinks. One dinner so rare should have heartbeat. My halibut floated in champagne sauce and others liked steak frite dish. The bread tasted stale although waiter said it was homemade.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the availability but I felt others we enjoying a really nice romantic environment

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z
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very nice restaurant. We had a good dinner with friends before show. Food is very good.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food outstanding. Choice of French comfort food or unique and tasty specialities. I’m gluten intolerant and finding excellent alternatives was not an issue—even wide choice of desserts. Arrived for an early dinner so restaurant was very quiet and perfect for conversation. Waiters very attentive.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and a fair price. Great pre-theatre spot

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Quiet Sunday evening out for last dinner in New York. Food was excellent although waiter was quite busy and somewhat less attentive than we had come to expect from our earlier experiences. Food was well worth the visit and overall it was enjoyable.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Our first time there, a few years ago, was fine. The noise level was perfectly tolerable, and both the service and food was excellent. This time, not so much. The place was packed (understandably, on a Saturday evening, pre-theatre), and the service sluggish. I hadn't been given a napkin, and had to ask for one mid-meal. The salade Niçoise was without flavor and under-dressed. I understand it was a busy time, but still the meal and the dining experience both sorely lacked what we'd experienced on our earlier visit.

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LP
Poconos
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiters were amazing the jalapeno margarita a little too spicy but the strawberry martini was amazing

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S
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We arrived on time for our 6:30 reservation and were seated in a few minutes. Our server "CR" came right away with menus. We decided quickly and ordered the three course for me and my wife ordered just an entre. My first course came quickly (about 6:50, I'd say) and I ate the five escargot right down. Here's where my "service" downgrade comes in. Seven o'clock comes and goes and by 7:15 we're starting to worry as we have 8pm show tickets about a block away. We inquire with CR and he says "soon" and claims "not my fault". Finally at 7:31 our main dishes arrive and we figure we have about 10 minutes to wolf them down. While the food was hot and delicious I can't say we enjoyed eating under such time pressure and I had to say forget the desert. We asked for the check (time stamped 7:44), paid up, and flew out the door getting seated at Carnegie with about 2 minutes to spare. Whew!
Moral: even though probably three fourths of the diners at this place are headed to the theater you had better make your needs known as you are seated or be prepared for a tense evening! And, even in NYC, be prepared for sticker shock if you want wine.

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This time, service was suprisingly slow.
Our table (and the one next to us) were worried about missing our curtain times. We had to ask for our waiter a number of times, and had him check on the food as well. This is NOT usually the case at Brasserie Cognac and it surprised us. The waiters and the kitchen are usually very swift.

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MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I had to prove with my IPhone That I had a reservation as did another patron The excuse was feeble. Service was also poor. I will not return

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h
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went at the end of Restaurant Week so it was very crowded and extremely noisy. I go there very often and it's not usually this way. But the food was very good and Manuel, our server, always gives us special service because we are regulars.

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PM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The lunch we had was wonderful, however the wait time took away from the experience.

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SR
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always reliably good! Relaxing setting, classic French menu and great service.

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k
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

FOOD AND SERVIE WERE VERY GOOD .WAITER WAS ATTENTIVE, MADE SURE TO GET US OUT IN TIME FOR THE THEATER.MY MAIN DISH WAS PERFECT AS WAS THE DESSERT.THA AMBIANCE IS LOVELY AND I WOULD DEFFINATELY GO AGAIN AND INVITE FRIENDS TO JOIN ME.

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C
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We chose Brasserie Cognac for a pre-Encores dinner. The kitchen was very slow, the food and service were good.

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PJ
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here many times in our overnight trips to the city to see shows at 54 Below. Always delivers. Especially if we can get seating in the rear dining room which is quiet, wood panelled, with linen tablecloths. We ate there for dinner on Restaurant week....lobster bisque, black bass and floating island dessert and all were absolutely superb!!

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M
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Conventional and noisy; bustling but pleasant. The kale salad was good.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had restaurant week lunch menu, skirt steak was amazing, lobster bisque great, the escargot lacked salt (for me it's important that food gets cooked with salt, some people prefer to add it). Wine was good, service very attentive and the charming french hostess seemed to have a very busy restaurant under control. I will be back.

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SB
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice and convenient location on Broadway.

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