Brasserie 8 1/2

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$31 to $50
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French
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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Gather around our table this Thanksgiving! We are offering a 3-course prix fixe for $69. Children 10 & under are $34. Reservations are open from 12-8pm. We look forward to serving you!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the holidays with Brasserie 8 1/2! We will be offering a 3-course $49 prix fixe menu as well as a limited a la carte menu. Open from 5-9:45pm. We look forward to hosting you!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the holidays with Brasserie 8 1/2! We are open from 12-8pm and are offering a 3-course prix fixe menu for $69, $34 for children 10 and under. We look forward to hosting you!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What 4295 People Are Saying
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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant, very nice restaurant!
Good food, good service!
And quiet where one can talk!

OT
New York Area
171 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful venue, delicious food and good service.

B
Los Angeles
107 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful selection of food...all delicious. The bottomless Mimosas are the best value. We try to come here when we're in the city.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the most wonderful restaurant!!!
The food is beyond delicious and the staff is the nicest in NYC!!!

OT
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want a wonderful restaurant for brunch with great food and service, this is the place. I'm a life long New Yorker and it's my number one place for brunch in NYC.

SM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authenitc French food in an elegant & sophisticated atmosphere. Excellent selection of seasonal food- white truffles were amazing on my scallops. As always, our go-to place for high-quality French food that satisfies every time.

T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I've enjoyed Brasserie 8 1/2 since 2003. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, yet to this day, it is the ONLY place where I have ordered the SAME dessert twice in one sitting. The food is always well-prepared and plated. The service on this occasion was good, though not as on-point as I remember in the past.

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always love this restaurant . Never disappoints.

TR
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service excellent. The duck breast was the best ever. It was my first time there at it won't be my last. I am looking forward to trying another dish.

EK
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was outstanding both the food and the service. The prix fixe was an excellent value and the wine selection was great. It was quiet and one of the best meals we have had in nyc.
will return for sure! (also great that they are associated with hilton honors)

KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite decor, excellent cuisine and attentive service are the hallmark of 8 1/2. A real plus is that the tables are spaced to allow real conversation among diners.

TC
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find! The decor was modern, but elegant French. It reminded us of a restaurant we visited in Paris. The food was very special. Fresh vegetables, some marinated, some poached. All delicious without the extra salt, butter or oil, which is meant to enhance, but destroys the freshness taste. My husband had the duck. I had the chicken. Both were excellent. The bread was so good. My husband had the pre fix dinner, but we were so full, we had to take our dessert to go! The pear tart was so nice. The prices were what you might expect for a wonderful NY dinner, maybe even a bit less.

L
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+ all around.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My mom wanted French food but didn’t want to head back downtown after a long day. She had the escargot tartlet and the steak tartare. The tartare was probably the best plate of the evening - traditional. The grilled octopus needed salt and was chewy. The scallops were good - nothing special. The molten chocolate cake was not molten - overcooked. Grade: B.

RD
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. The restaurant is very quiet. The bar is always busy

L
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, expertly prepared and presented. The wait staff was wonderful! Attentive and extremely professional without hovering over our table.

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to this restaurant 5-7 times; we have one waitress usually, and have had one other, and have observed a third in action - they are all an extreme pleasure to deal with and to be around; the bus boy serving the bread is pleasant; the hostess and host are nice; I have never had a thought as to how the food might be prepared any better - it's really an outstanding performance every time - bless them

H
New York Area
147 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went Monday night; it is very nice to be able to BYOB! I Tried the choucroute: EXCELLENT Just two personal comments: I would have preferred more choucroute less potatoes and would recommend to watch the "salt level" as it was "borderline" for my taste. Your filet mignon is always top quality and we noticed an improvement of the Pâtés. Thank you to Chef Bruijneel and Ken to maintain the standards of Brasserie 81/2. Service is always very professional and personalized. Thank you.

JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service
Very quiet and spacious place. Perfect for business lunches.

NY
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet birthday celebration for 2. Attentive and pleasant service.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Brunch place!!!

CW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, good service, ok food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was average, for example eggs benedict were a dissapointment. Egg were not well done, a bit hard and hollandiase sauce was barely even visible. Too pricey for this to happen.

a
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BDay. Thanks for the Royal Treatment

B
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely. Great food at reasonable-for-NYC prices, attentive staff who were friendly yet unobtrusive, nice decor, lots of room. Would go back.

RD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and restaurant!

T
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Always a good choice if not sure where to go near the Carnegie Hall .

SB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food is not at the same high level we experienced in many meals over the past ten years.

P
New York Area
163 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends had never been there. All of us loved it. Food was excellent, wait staff cordial and helpful. Were able to talk. Just an all around wonderful meal. One of my NYC favorites.

JC
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Prefix dinner was great food at a great price.
Lovely room to meet with friends.

PS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved their octopus appetizer and steak frite. The restaurant is very nicely decorated in a modern style and we were particularly happy that it was quiet enough to talk to each other without shouting. The server was attentive and helpful. The only issue was that it took us a few minutes to find the entrance since the restaurant is not at street level.

VC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great and the ambience is excellent. The tables are spaced, and the booths are very comfortable... Great for business lunches or dinner with friends.

b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - fair prices - quiet and excellent service

B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Spacious, quiet, good food but lunch service was remarkably inattentive.

GB
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliably excellent with seasonal menu changes. Outstanding ambiance and decor. Excellent service. Fois Gras a favorite.

SG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my very favorite restaurant in the world. I love the ambiance, the food is delicious, and the desserts divine. We had the beignets - outstanding! And our wait person was charming, appropriately attentive, and gave excellent suggestions when asked.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food
was ok. They wanted us to sit by the kitchen door.
Not nice!

JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This has been my best go-to for Sunday Brunch with guests. It never fails to please because it's a lovely space and the variety of foods offers something for everyone, so I don't have to worry about vegetarian, keto, or whatever. Once again, everyone was very pleased and complimentary about my choice.

NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Had the food been better, I'd give a better review. Had the duck which I ordered differently from that of my friend, but both dinners came the same way -- as she wanted. Had to send back to kitchen and then she waited for mine to arrive and hers was undoubtedly cold then. The leg portion of the duck was too salty. The dessert menu was wanting. The alcohol choices were/are excellent, and the wine choices adequate.

The best part was the room, the ambience, and the bartender, Pat. The room/food/wait staff does not meet the pricing.

b
New York Area
307 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a drink at one of their two lovely bars prior to dining. Had the scallops and crab cake entrees. Both were excellent but the scallops were a treat. We always enjoy dining here.