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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (31)
Casual (20)
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Business Meals (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Fun (6)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Romantic (3)
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People Watching (2)
Healthy (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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Notable Wine List (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

My sisters and niece and I wanted a spot with a varied menu which would have easy access for someone with a cane.

Everyone got a dinner that they loved. Since we only see one or two plays together, a good dinner post theater became a special occasion.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Avoid this restaurant! Friends from out of town asked us to book dinner near the theatre district, and the location and reviews seemed good. For an early dinner on Saturday, it was quite empty, yet we were given a table in the front, adjacent to the door of the men's room. It was more like a coffee shop than a brasserie. The waiter forgot part of the drinks order, but that was minor compared to the complete disappointment of the food: tough, inedible steaks and undercooked, tasteless French fries, followed by the lowest-quality supermarket ice cream on mushy tuiles. There is no excuse for food this bad; it's clear that no one cares about quality of meat or preparation. With so many great places in Midtown, avoid this restaurant. BLTs at the coffee shop across the street would have been better, and the ambience about the same.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent pre-theater french bistro choice for Carnegie hall or, City Center. Professional, efficient service. Very good moules frites, crab cake and sancerre by the glass.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Had dinner with my daughter after a show. We really enjoyed the whole experience. The food and service were very good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Usually very good. A fave of ours. Tonight the waitstaff was surly and hard to get a hold of. Chalk it up to a bad night...

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Wouldn't take the OpenTable dinning reward

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

I go there with friends once a month and am always happy with the food and the service. Our waiter, Manuel, is the best.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent experience. Chicken salad is delicious. Nice mid-day ambiance.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great food. Tuna tart is tge best. Quite place , nice vine...

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

This is a lovely little bistro in a convenient NYC location. Food selection is extensive. Everything I've ordered has been very tasty. Love those cheese puffs! Lovely salads. Great hamburgers. It can be quite noisy.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The brunch menu is very good and has a wonderful selection. Our server and the Maitre'd were so very attentive and we never had to look for anyone to order another drink. Food was very tasty and well done.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent food and service, friendly staff and wonderful Aperitif and wines

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

we arrived at 12:40, told our server we were ordering soup and salad because we were going to a 2 PM show. Soup arrived, but then nothing. At 1:30, we started waving at our server telling her that if we couldn’t get our salad immediately, we needed to cancel th order. We got the salads around 1:35, and requested our check immediately and inhaled our food.
Soup, salad, water for 2 with tax and tip came to $78.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had an hour to eat before the opera and were late due to traffic. We explained our concern to the waitress and AMAZINGLY, our meal showed up in 10 minutes. We actually had time left for coffee.
Service level is amazing. the bread and butter...second to none and the taste of the food is incredible.
If you enjoy french style dining experience, you will not regret dining at Cognac.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Disappointed. Food was awful. Staples like croak monseuir and rotisserie chicken were below average at best.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We’re repeat customers; the food is decent and the location to Carnegie ideal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Servers were terrific. Kitchen needs to learn the difference between medium rare and well done. The burgers were terrible.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Tasty NY / French treat with a friend with soup and desert.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a nice brunch before the theatre. The dining room is attractive. My only criticism is with the avocado toast. The avocado spread was a bit too spicy and the accompanying salad had too much vinegar.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

This restaurant doesn’t disappoint. Food is consistently good. Ambiance attractive. Not too noisy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

A wonderful choice for City Center or Theater District, with beautifully presented food, a nice range of choices - including some lively salads - and courteous, friendly service. Unusually for restaurants in this neighborhood and price range, the tables are graciously spaced.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Ryan, Manager, is very accommodating. He finds us a quiet table and remembers us each time we visit (a few times a year). The food was amazing .

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Brasserie Cognac. The staff were professional and attentive. We enjoyed the spinach and beet salads, huge servings of crisp, fresh vegetables. The entrees of Berkshire pork chop and steak frites were cooked to perfection and also very generous in size. The frites were ok, but not up to Parisian standard. A good number of wines by the glass, and great coffee.
We were too full to manage desert.
Enjoyable French bistro food, give it a try

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Convenient and good for pre-theater drink/meal. Nice casual atmosphere and good food and service.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

we were VERY disappointed this time: it is our "go-to" restaurant when we have a concert at Carnegie Hall: we could not sit in the back room (because they had not cleaned up from a party); the front room is also the bar...the pumpkin soup was good as was my friend's crab cake; the salad was "smallish" for sharing (we have noticed that the salads have been getting smaller...)and there was not a lot of avocado ...but the main problem was a couple sitting behind us. they were very loud. When my friend asked the waiter/manager to ask them politely to lower their voices, they were reluctant to do so and in fact, they did not and told us "they couldn't"...too bad for everyone: spoiled our dinner and we shall now look for another conveniently located spot .

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Met a young colleague for a mid-afternoon discussion; and, while I had missed lunch and ordered the Yellowfin Tuna Tartare and iced tea, she simply indulged in a selection from the hot tea menu. Very simple and relaxed; so much so, that she invited her next appointment to come over to meet her at Cognac just as I was departing.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Cozy, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We went there for breakfast. We ordered ala carte. I had the eggs Benedict which were ok and my husband had an omelette. There was no toast for the omelette. I thought there would be bread for the table- no bread . But then no toast with a $13 omelette. We will be trying other places in the neighborhood.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I've eaten here several times in the past but this mornings brunch was terrible. The service was lacking and I even had to stand and request more water and the place only had 3 tables. We went with the brunch special which was runny eggs and the bill was over $40. Will not return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

A great place for a business breakfast or lunch meeting during a busy work week. Tried the lunch pre fixe for the first time with a party of four and found it the perfect solution for the whole table. The wine was just right. All the more terrific in that it's situated directly across from my regular office on Broadway near 55th Street.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Stopped here twice this week, once for a wine and cheese snack in the late afternoon, and once for lunch. The cheese plate was beautifully presented and large enough to share. The prix fixe lunch was a bargain. Staff were friendly and attentive. Lunch time can get very loud.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We eat here before performances at City Center which is just 2 blocks east. Good French /Belgian standbys such as mussels & french fries. Desserts are outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Good atmosphere and great food. Good French dishes. Recommend the coq au vin and the dark chocolate soufflé. Great service and reasonable prices.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

On way to theater

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent sea bass dish!

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

I went to the restaurant with my mother, we both had soup, onion and lobster, and both were delicious. I was surprised that the two types of bread were bad, a very thick integral and a tasteless baguette. I hoped that in a French-inspired restaurant the breads were great.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

It's a very conveniently located place with respect to theatres, Carnegie Hall, Columbus Circle and the like. I wish they used a/c inside; it was a bit hot for me. I also wish they had a wider selection of French brasserie items. But it's good value and pleasant as it is.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

This used to be my go to place for a quick great bite, easy to get to, nice little French place. This time the food was not up to par. It was the restaurant week menu but not a good representation of their food. I feel like this place changed hands, very different than it used to be. Will not go back any time soon.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

A very pleasant internal space, with lots of outdoor seating (but who wants to sit outside on Broadway?). I'd have preferred having some a/c rather than open doors. Nice French brasserie food, as advertised, including excellent escargots, steak tartare, and the like. Would have liked more traditional hot dishes, like ris de veau. Altogether a pleasant experience on a mid-summer Sunday evening.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

One of us had the restaurant week menu which proved to be absolutely delicious. The other had the eggs Benedict on the breakfast menu. Again excellent just the right amount of lemon and eggs done perfectly. A beautiful day a beautiful restaurant to sit outside. The AC was not working so it was very warm inside. Long time no AC.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone for a nice Sunday brunch on a nice beautiful sunny day

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Came here for restaurant week. I had escargot appetizer, red snapper entree and coconut shell dessert. All three delicious. My husband had same except entree was steak which was not bad. Dessert was very refreshing. Pretty pricy if ordering from regular menu do it was a good deal with restaurant week menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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