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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
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AB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Been several times to this restaurant and has always been good
Main points in this visit which were a little disappointing were slow service to order , choice of menus not available and not told initially
Food served very quickly with no break at all in between courses

b
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

our favorite place since it opened. great for dinner with friends.

h
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed when I go there. The selections on the buffet tables are always Amazing. So many choices.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous brunch to celebrate my son’s birthday.

AV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brasserie 8.5 offers a wonderful brunch-ing experience. The food is varied and delicious catering to various dietary needs. And the ambiance provides the perfect atmosphere for connecting with friends and family over wholesome food.

RB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Tops in food, ambiance,service,great art, can have a conversation & if you choose a good price

BG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This restaurant has been an icon of New York City for many many many years. The food was excellent as always as was the ambience but I felt very surprised at the service didn’t seem to be up to par specially on a special night on Valentine’s Day. All I saw was a bunch of waiters sitting at the charging desk but not looking at their tables the number one thing a waiter is supposed to do is just to always keep their mind on their tables given that special day that’s even more important for a restaurant such as this; this needs to change.

L
New England
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gets better each time we go. Hidden gem around the big city.

f
New York Area
465 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most romantic Valentine’s Day. Imagine being able to have a conversation, sitting in a booth, surrounded by art, with caring but not intrusive service. The food as always was was amazing, Foie gras, crab cakes, duck, lobster. Lovely wine list. One of my absolute favorite restaurants in NYC, and I’ve lived here for more than 30 years. Kudos to the chef for handling the crowds.

GK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You won our hearts on Valentine’s Day with a perfect meal! Ambience, service, and food was excellent. Would definitely return for another exquisite meal.

DB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brasserie 8 1/2 is always a great place for dinner. It is surprising that it isn’t more crowded at dinner time.

A
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It's a wonderful space, and the service was quite good. But I thought the food was disappointing for such a high-end restaurant.

LB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and the prices fixe options were great! We really enjoy eating there even though it is a bit expensive.

s
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and lovely, quiet atmosphere. Very good food.

d
New York Area
331 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent--can't ask for more!

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place, very nice atmosphere and great service. The most delicious desserts out of all restaurants.

GB
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous sunday brunch buffet. Incredible variety and quantity. Quality is superb. Beautifully served. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend.

YJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! I had a wonderful time as Brasserie 8 1/2. The food was so delicious. The ambiance was so great, and I loved the space of the restaurant and the quietness. Overall, I had a really great time and I will definitely be back!

b
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

excellent seared dorade, duck 2-ways and baby gem lettuce salad. our favorite place since it opened. wonderful staff and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Food didn’t taste great

JV
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is delicious and presented very nicely. Cocktails in the lounge and at the table were good. They have some traditional French dishes and nice alternatives. A few of my guests had the prix fixe and enjoyed it very much.

e
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy going to Brasserie 8 1/2. Have been going since 2015 and I enjoy everything about this restaurant. One of my top 5 in NYC.

CM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Great food but VERY slow service, although they were nice enough to reduce the bill!

S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during Restaurant Week and ordered from the prix fixe menu. The mushroom soup was divine as was the filet mignon and the Long Island duck breast. Loved the ambiance of the space. Wait staff very professional and attentive.

A
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love it here. Great food, nice service and banquettes, attractive room with high ceilings, and very nice staff. For family dinners or special occasions, all good.

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Our server Alexandra was wonderful and informative. The restaurant week menu was good, maybe more veggie choices but overall the food was delicious and perfectly presented. We asked for and received perfect drinks - Vespers. Definitely will be returning for regular menu.

MV
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Such a beautiful room! Great service and lovely food.

B
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food uneven. Foie gras undercooked and needed salt. Crab cake better than average but not the best. Mussels a little better than average but not special. Noise level excellent and privacy much better than most. Service quite attentive.

M
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Pretty space, attentive service, but food is sub-par at best

DF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I often go to the Brasserie. I take visitors and family and wether the service is at the table or at a buffet I have always been very satisfied

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most outstanding birthday dinner! The food, the service, the attention from the staff, the classy and luxurious atmosphere! Everything was top notch!

n
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brasserie 8-1/2 is one of my favorite places in Manhattan. The tables are large and comfortable and while it's not TOO quiet, it's a nice place for good conversation. The food is always first-rate and the servers are great. A little pricey, but they have terrific specials that are a good value for the quality.

SW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All the food was delicious for the brunch, plus there were a large number of choices.

At $38 for the buffet, it was a great value. Also for $16 or so, unlimited mimosas or Bellinis.

JP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good selection. Everything was fresh. Bottomless Mimosas were wonderful.
We’ll be back.

SG
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food is great and brunch is great value for money. It’s the service that lets the place down a bit. I have been here several times and every time it took way to long to settle the check. This time they even managed to charge us for 6 even though there were only 5 of us. Sorting out this mistake took at least 15 minutes and that was after having already waited a while in the first place. From asking for the check until leaving the place it took about half an hour.

G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brunch with friends

OT
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff and management were very attentive and ever present. Fabulous experience. Ambience was outstanding. I will absolutely go back next time I’m in NYC

JO
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Really average French cuisine. Not impressed at all.

n
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food good service good ambience consistently. chef displays creative imagination

N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Last time I had Duck two way. It was delicious. It was not as good as the last time. It must depend on the chef.