Permanently Closed - Brasserie

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2821 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French

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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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L
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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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d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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A
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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D
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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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E
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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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n
New York Area
173 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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C
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

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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K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

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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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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s
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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n
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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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C
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

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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B
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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F
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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TH
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

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ML
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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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A
Philadelphia
247 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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TC
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

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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PB
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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SC
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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G
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brasserie is just a terrific place for a great meal at a reasonable price. The ambiance is excellent, and both the food and the service are always top notch. Waiter recommended a great appetizer for my wife.

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A
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Great place for a group to have a quiet dinner. However, the décor is very clinical - there's noting warm or appealing about the restaurant. Food was fine but nothing special. Beet salad very good but the crab cakes were disappointing. Small and expensive for what you get - not much crab in them. Given that the restaurant was not very crowded the service was still slow. I'd probably use this place again for a group but more for the location than anything else.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch menu

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E
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here because of location and hearing that it was closing I figured this was our last chance. The experience was great as was the food and ambience. Sorry to see it go.

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h
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Its convenient but silly expensive They charge for items in omelettes like a cheap pizza place. They also added chips to a breakfast plate when I did not ask for that and bbuttered toast when I asked for no butter. Its not worth the price except for the location

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A
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good food and great atmosphere for lunch. the flip side of the high noise level is that your private conversation is drowned by the surroundings. also good for people watching.

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P
Manchester
57 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always dine at The Brasserie when we are in NYC and this time had to say goodbye for it will no longer be open when we return.A very sad day for us and a lot of others I think.

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T
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the decor and the food and service were excellent. We sat in a booth which was wonderfully quiet. We were sad to learn that the restaurant will be closing in December 2015 due to new owners of the building they have been in since 1959! We will definitely try one of its sister restaurants on our next visit.

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ES
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We hadn't been there in years. The place felt cold both in atmosphere and temperature. We needed to be out quickly and ordered burgers and they were just ordinary. The fries were especially salty

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P
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brasserie is located in very busy midtown. Nevertheless, the tables are well spaced and the noise is well muted. I consider this the biggest possible plus in midtown Manhattan, especially since the food is also very good.

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