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Permanently Closed - Brasserie

3.9
2821 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

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This restaurant is permanently closed. The stunning reincarnation of New York's original 1959 Brasserie showcases the award-winning, ultramodern design of Diller + Scofidio. Executive Chef Luc Dimnet's menu demonstrates a bold use of flavor giving an unexpected taste to classic French brasserie fare. Savor traditional dishes including Onion Soup Gratinèe and Maine Bouchot Mussels Marinière or modern plates like Gougonettes of Cod and Long Island Duck Breast Confit.

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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner/Late Night: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:00 p.m. - Midnight; Sunday, 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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Phone number
(212) 751-4840
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Luc Dimnet
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Private party facilities
"Midtown's downtown restaurant," Brasserie has been an iconic fixture in the Seagram building on E.53rd Street since 1959. Offering updated French brasserie fare and a collection of exceedingly decadent desserts in a futuristic, ultra-sleek cosmopolitan setting.
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Private party contact
Stefan Watstein: (888) 652-0767
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Catering
From lunch for 10 to dinners for 5000, Chef Luc Dimnet's cuisine can be executed with precision and timeliness in the venue of your choosing.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lexington and Park
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Public transit
E, M, and 6 trains
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.0
service
3.7
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4.0
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vipLallo (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

It is incredible that NYC is forcing places like this to close their doors. It was one of NYC best values. We went many times and always been very happy. I am glad I was there on their last night.

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diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve at Brasserie -- it's last night in existence. Excellent evening. Food and service were great. It will be missed. It's a shame that they're closing this institution.

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GoodBye (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

The Brasserie was one of the greatest restaurants in NYC. My wife and I had our first date there and we loved it so much that we decided to get married there. It was truly beautiful with amazing food. It will be missed.

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John (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2015

The Brasserie was our favorite restaurant fir 45 years.Never had a meal less than excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2015

Have been here before and found it OK, but not special. That changed with this visit. Brasserie has upped its game to another level and is now very good. Food, service and wine list are very good. Brasserie is also easy on the budget. Well worth a visit.

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vipAlexandra (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2015

It was our last lunch at brasserie and we were so sad during it. Even until the very last second everything was so wonderful. You look around at all the history that the restaurant has and it is so wonderful. We are very sad to see the restaurant leave us but it had a long life of wonderful memories. All the managers and employees deserve a round of applause and I hope they will all be taken care of.

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vipDiner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 27, 2015

Waiter got one order wrong and all had finished before that person was served. Salmon ordered rare arrived cooked through and a completely different preparation to the one described by waiter. Waiter took extremely long time to produce dessert menu. Sad end to a great restaurant

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vipEvelyn (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

I am so sad to see this institution close its doors in a few days. I am hoping that by some miracle, the restaurant decides to reopen in a different location. I feel bad for those who never had a chance to enjoy the food at Brasserie, for it has been consistently good and the service is always top-notch. This restaurant will be missed.

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Kaka (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2015

The service was good, but food were served really slow. Came here for the christmas dinner pre fixe, the food was just okay, nothing spectacular. Will skip it next time.

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vipnewyorker10021 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2015

I am a regular at brasserie bc food is always good, decently pric d for this midtown neighborhod . Prix fixe and al a carte, american cuisine with a slight French accent. lovely decor

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Chemmac (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2015

Its really just psychology. It's a large space, and gives a rather cold feeling as a result. The food itself was just excellent, and the service was very helpful. The restaurant was maybe 1/3 full for Christmas dinner, and it's clear why. With everything the same, or even with higher prices, but in a smaller place with a more happy atmosphere, it would have been crowded with happy diners.

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Kathleen (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2015

We have eaten at the Brasserie for Christmas Brunch, for the last few years. They have raised the price from $19,99 to $26.00. They no longer offer a champagne as a drink and it is impossibly noisy. Next year, we will try somewhere else.

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AliG (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2015

Love this institution. Too bad it is closing. A perfect spot for mid town lunch. Will miss this post-modern gem.

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vipshepj999 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2015

We enjoyed a late pre-Christmas dinner at Brasserie, but were dismayed to find out when we left that they would not be there in 2016. I'm sad that I took so long to try the place, as they delivered an excellent bistro menu with great service and a solid wine list.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2015

The staff is so efficient, friendly and welcoming. The prix fixe Sunday brunch is an outstanding value.

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vipnotoutallthetime (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 20, 2015

I have come here at times for 25 years. It is jazzed up inside now and the people are very solicitous, and it is, I admit, a decent place midtown. We recently had a brunch here and 50% of the food ordered by 5 of us was really good and 50% was OK. Service disappeared for long periods of time. OK if you want to be there, but also OK to pick among the many options within 3 blocks.

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vip2Compadres (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 18, 2015

This restaurant is scheduled to close at the end of December, so we went to have one last meal there. The welcome was warm and the table we were given fulfilled the requests we had made. The room is a mid-century classic and remains stunning. The food was, as always, excellent. The server was so disinterested and the service so slow and inattentive that it was clear that she had stopped trying. Nevertheless, I would urge you to go if you have not been, and to go again if you have.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2015

Another great New York restaurant is closing. What a shame.

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Foodie (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2015

Enjoyed an amazing Sunday Brunch. The baguettes were as French as one can find this far North of Paris. The food was as good as it gets. The service was right on par with the Cuisine. A great find and new regular stop when in NYC.

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vipTHEMAYOR (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

FOOD AND SERVICE HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOOD~~SORRY TO HEAR THAT IT IS CLOSING

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2015

It is closing at the end of the month. What a loss.

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vipMissLucy (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 9, 2015

Food was perfectly acceptable Midtown upper-middle-market type. Room has interesting mid-century vibe, but it is rock concert, New York Rangers game loud when full. Not something I am usually very sensitive to, but this was really nuts.

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vipAndrew (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2015

Great food - Very reasonable price. Good service. Iconic setting.

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vipOKOk (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 4, 2015

I cannot tell you anything about the food. I'm sure it was fine, however, it was forgettable. What really made an impression on me was the overwhelming noise in this restaurant. I took a client to lunch to celebrate the holidays, and couldn't hear him across a table for 2. We were seated in the side room with a low ceiling. Do not let anyone seat you in the side room. You will not enjoy your meal or your company.

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Pleased (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 2015

This is a great restaurant for a late evening meal or a first date/romance/ break up-make up evening. Our experience began with a seating issue which was quickly resolved to our great satisfaction. The Duck Confit and Rack of Lamb was superb and the service attendant but not helicopter mode. We not rushed out but left alone. The booths felt very private, even though the dining room bustled. Great experience.

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Thanksgiving (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2015

This was our third Thanksgiving dinner at Brasserie. It was absolutely wonderful from menu to service to food to atmosphere! Couldn't have asked for anything more! Definitely thankful:0)

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vipRREE (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on November 26, 2015

Last year was amazing so we figured we would do it one more time. Boy were we sorry. Diner food at best for $60 a head. What a joke. Absolutely inexcusable. $160 with minimal tip for such dry turkey and cambells soup. Being long time customers of the brasserie we are literally depressed and this has ruined our thanksgiving. This was our 3rd thanksgiving in a row here so this was traumatic.

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vipPBBuffalo (Miami)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2015

Great restaurant but they are closing! Guess their lease was not renewed. Food was always top notch. The hostess told me that they would be closed this month.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 16, 2015

Somewhat minimal design ambiance but less so when the restaurant fills up. Good classic dishes with a modern interpretation. Very nice bar.

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SunnyC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

An excellent evening: We were seated when we arrived--which is not the case at 8 PM on a Saturday night at most Manhattan restaurants. They saved us a booth, as I'd requested. The service was friendly, responsive & informed. The menu is varied & I believe that if you like a particular food, you will love it the way the Brasserie prepares it! Spot on French cooking.
Nobody serves better Pommes Frites or French Bread. Entrees were NY Sirloins & Bronzino, all perfectly cooked. Lovely crab-cake appetizer. We also loved the quiet to moderate noise level that's so absent now in most restaurants, any night at 8. We could actually enjoy our meal & each other's conversation without shouting!

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