Brasserie 8 1/2

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4138 reviews
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Brasserie 8 1/2 is an elegant French restaurant, bar and lounge in Midtown NYC serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch buffet. Private dining & catering available.
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SB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight to eat there.

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G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of six was very happy with the food, the noise level and our very competent, friendly server, Nicole.

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NK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was terrific and our service was phenomenal. And of course we cannot forget about our delicious food!!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food is good but need to improve their service... There are two servers that were really rude. The servers seem to be in a hurry even though the restaurant is half empty. A female server came to our table and took our order within 30 seconds. (Never greeted us, not asked us if we have any questions about the menu). When we are handing her back the menus, she ignored us and rushed to leave... When we finished our appetizers, the server took two dirty plates away and left one on the table. I probably wouldn’t come back based on the service I received today. I work in the restaurant industry and this is NOT how you treat customers. Red lobster would have better service.

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i
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place and food. Friendly staff and reasonable price. We have a good time.

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M
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent for birthday dinner

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Filet mignon was perfectly cooked and the au poivre sauce was great. Sides of mac and cheese ande mashed potatoes were also extremely tasty. The service was great and our waitress Julia had a smile on her face the whole time. We were treated to complimentary champagne due to my wife's birthday and the power outage the night before that caused us to miss our reservation. One of the better experiences I've had at a restaurant!

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NY
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet and elegant. This place is for people who appreciate fine dining, and are not interested in hearing other people conversation/. The Sunday and Mondon BYOB is a wonderful deal, as is the Surf and Turf special. Leave your mobile phone off, and enjoy the wonderful experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great besides they put us on a table in front of the kitchen while there’re lots of other tables available.

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

I had a really great time and the food was good, it arrived super fast. The lady waitress knew how to use sign language and she was very nice. I enjoyed the experience overall. Thanks for a good time.

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CN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food was excellent. Obviously we could not sample everything. But the beef, lamb, Turkey, shrimp, omelets and deserts were wonderful. The Brasserie brunch is out of this world.

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MD
Springfield
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. Fabulous staff

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MF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant- wonderful food, service, ambience- Before you start your meal, the room's artwork & design will charm & delight you- From the start, the staff make you feel welcome & take care of your every need- the menu , including cocktails, wine and meal, will delight.
I've lived in and around Manhattan all my life- Brasserie 8 1/2 should not be missed-

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JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food. Dessert was amazing. Huge space

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W
Baltimore
55 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone went out of their way to make this dinner a memorable evening for our grand daughter celebrating her 10th birthday!

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C
New York Area
120 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy dining here.
The service is perfect, food quality & creativity very good.
We have a top 10 list and brasserie 81/2 is on it.
Yes .. we have eaten in many wonderful restaurant in the city ...but we always go back to this place.
Oh... we did go to a brunch here and it was very good too

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The location and environment is nice. But the French restaurant week menu is just so so, especially when you consider the price. I strongly recommend single orders. There is a newbie waiter and he is not professional.

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CW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my view, a good restaurant should satisfy a diner one of two things: either for the feast of the eyes (good ambiance) or the feast of the tastebud (good food); if a restaurant would have both qualities, as Brasserie 8 1/2 did, it was divine.
First, the sweeping star presence grand staircase to lead me to the lower level of the building - the restaurant was very impressive. Then when I was sitting on my seat, facing directly to me was this giant colorful Picasso akin artwork featuring two sailors' dancing, made from vibrant and colorful blue, yellow, orange, red, brown glasses. It was a very beautiful piece of modern art. I couldn't take my eyes away from it during my entire meal. After a glass of red rose wine, I almost forget where I was, I felt like I was in a modern art museum.
The food was excellent as well. I had Carpaccio de Saumon(Salmon) for an appetizer and Longe D Agneau (Roasted Loin Lamb) as my main course. The salmon was fresh and the lamb was very tender and delicious.
This mixing art with the culinary experience cost me only $25, which including a glass of red wine, two courses Prix Fixe menu, thanks to the French Restaurant Week special.
After lunch, I was in heaven.

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PC
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I came here for a weekday lunch during the French Restaurant Week. Not only I was seated promptly but I received courteous services from all the staff there. 2-course menu allowed a choice from the 3 appetizers and the 3 main courses, with a complimentary glass of rose. I had the tomato tartine and the lamb, both of which were tasty. The ambience was casual and relaxed. The restaurant would be suitable both for a solo diner as well as a group.

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SC
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for French Restaurant Week lunch. Meal was excellent, service terrific, beautiful restaurant. Total winner!

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EG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

While I was excited to go to Brasserie 8 1/2 for French Restaurant Week with a guest from out of town, the lack of customer service quickly ruined my evening. After sitting at the bar for 15mins, I was finally attended to and upon providing my order (happy hour $1 muscles available only at the bar), the bar tender asked "Is that it?", did not put in my order and walked away. Once my guest arrived, we were escorted to the table. I raised concern about the bar incident and the waitress (very kind) explained there was nothing that she could do, but would bring over the manager. Minutes later, the manager came, I explained the situation again and was told she would check with the bar tender to see what happened and send the general manager over. In essence, my experience was questions and further, the general manger was not sent over, so my experience was dismissed. At the end of the dinner, we called over the general manager and expressed our disappointment with the service and lack of courtesy/accommodation of the bartender and manager. Unfortunately, more excuses were given. The GM covered our bill for the evening, however we will not be going back. There are many other fine French restaurants in the city that properly attend to their guests and remediate issues by themselves, rather than requiring their guests to follow up multiple times themselves.

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m
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Sarah is an outstanding waitress!
She is a gem, pleasent, helpful!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go for brunch - was amazing!

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a
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our first visit to Brasserie 8 1/2 for the Sunday brunch. A perfect way to end our stay in New York City.

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JP
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our experience, particularly because of Stephen our waiter. Outstanding!

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CC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious!!! Had a wonderful time food was great and service was wonderful. Will definitely return!

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BI
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal in an arty, fairly quiet space. Attentive but not overbearing service. Enjoyed a French 85 - a tasty variation on the French 75. The prix fixe dinner was a great value. Deserts were especially decadent. It is large so easy to get a reservation on a Saturday night.

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b
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

great ambiance, but the food isn't spectacular, overall still recommend because of its decent taste

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L
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Can’t imagine a more perfect dining experience in a beautiful place. Top-Notch food and service!

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b
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. The waitstaff were great at answering any questions we had and teh food was great Can't wait to go back

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KM
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent lunch and will return soon. I especially loved your fruit Arnold Palmers

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NG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the servers were attentive.

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NY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so civilized! Loved the food and the service.

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S
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was there for my birthday and I enjoyed it very much. I may suggest a background music more French like Edith Piaf or a piano performance with Retro music. I loved the decorations, specially with the artwork of french painter Henri Matisse.

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P
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about the place. The atmosphere, the greeting, the wait staff, and of course the food. One of our NYC favorites.

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AE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the experience from the moment we entered until we left was perfect

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g
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant
Superb food and atmosphere
Sunday lunch buffet just fabulous... loads of food stations all regularly stocked up... spotless clean and just a lovely experience

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DM
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My favorite brunch place! All food was tasty but eggs were not hot. Otherwise, everything was very good.

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b
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful branzino -- our favorite place ever since it opened -- great staff

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c
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant experience. You feel like you are someplace special and the servers are very attentive.

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