Brasserie 8 1/2

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
4332 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details

Need to book at 9:30 AM?

Other great restaurants with availability.
View all

Specials

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, $35 for children 10 and under. We look forward to hosting you!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the end of 2019 with a special $70 three-course menu at Brasserie 8 1/2! We will also have a limited a la carte menu available.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 4332 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Quiet
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch and value for NYC

NY
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for a nice special birthday dinner
Noise level was perfect
Highly recommended

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely restaurant. The food is delicious and the service is great.

EA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Jose our waiter was fantastic and provided great service! Love the food, service and decor!

HK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Girls weekend

Report
DP
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The 20yr old restaurant is still in good shape, the booths need special attention before seating
Ours was dirty from crumbs

L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This is an elegant and quiet French restaurant in mid-Manhattan. To get there you enter off the street, but then descend an elegant spiral staircase to the lower floor. Very attractive decor. wife and I ate their whreile on a recent trip to New York. We made reservations last minute on a Friday night, but had no difficulty getting a table. We expected "New York prices," and that was true. The food was excellent. Salad, tuna tartare, sea bass, scallops. Nice French wine (Pouilly fuisee). The restaurant was under-staffed. The staff were polite and attentive, when they were present, but the service was slow. We very much enjoyed our meal.

On the downside, however, we had a somewhat unusual experience. The parties sitting at tables on either side of us were noticeably upset with the service and the food. Both tables complained to the waitstaff about this. They were treated courteously and attempts we made to make amends. I could not tell precisely what the complaints were about, but they were quite unhappy. The table closest to us did not get her wine, after repeated inquiries, her food was overcooked, and she waited a long, long time for service.

Our experience was quite pleasant, if a bit slow; perhaps there is more going on here than we could see. I would have given the place 5 stars if not for the slow service and the surrounding complaints.

JM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Very disappointed. It took them 25 min after we sat down to come take our drink order. Service overall very slow, even though i made it clear upon arrival we only had 2 hours due to a show after dinner (2 hrs should have been plenty of time). Still, we were there for almost 2:20 without dessert.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The entire experience was horrid. No service, inedible app. That took 30 minutes, main course never came. No excuse

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, beautiful atmosphere, outstanding food. Will return on my next trip.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for our granddaughters birthday and pre-show dining. Everything was perfect!

LW
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are pleased to dine at Brasserie 8 1/2 and to host friends from out of state and other countries.
They are always impressed with the food and ambiance. Will dine again when we return to NY
in the spring.

R
New York Area
192 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Run for one of the best brunch places in Manhattan. High quality food at a reasonable price 👍🏼

UE
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary meal at Brasserie 8 1/2. It went beyond our expectations! Delicious, great service, comfortable & quiet table. There was a large party near us and we were worried it would be too noisy, but our booth was isolated enough so we weren't really bothered. We can't wait to go back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The crab cake was mist disappointing. Very salty enhanced with some unusual spices.

S
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Brasserie 8 1/2 is one of the better bargains in midtown. The food is always good, plentiful and the venue is pretty. The service is always attentive. A true Gem.

DP
London
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a wonderful time at Brasserie 8 1/2 again this year. Also our thanks to our server Lauren, he has a very accommodating demeanor and excellent skills. Very friendly and helpful too.

The food as usual was excellent from being to end. We expect to return soon.

Happy Holidays to you staff.

David Pandozzi

SD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The Food was hast overal nothing Special. The Taste was good but not worth the price. The atmosphare was rather cold than comfortable, big and less decoration. Ugly old fashion. Far to expensive the menu on thanksgiving. Service was ok.

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Will definitely go again

FG
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from California and met our son and his family who live in New Hampshire for Thanksgiving at the midtown Hilton . Our home away Thanksgiving dinner one of the best ever with the delicious variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts we all enjoyed! Our two young granddaughters loved the dinner too!

N
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Crab cake appetizer was good but crispy coating a bit salty for me. Filet Mignon and vegetables were good but was not hot. Service and ambiance very nice. I would go back

GE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

very nice place. needs an upgrade. food was good, service a little slow, when i said "upgrade"- mean the place looks like great place from the past. looks tired.

AO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service, lovely setting and quiet environment, all at a high ratio price/quality.
What else do you want?

MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Thanksgiving Lunch was great. Overall the combination of service and food made for a really enjoyable experience. The service was fast, we had everyone's attention, our water was always refilled at the perfect time, and the plates were cleared quickly. We didn't feel rushed which is great for Thanksgiving. I would come back again to celebrate here.

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving prix fixe was great but chocolate pecan tart for desert wasn’t good. Everything else was delicious.

b
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the kaboucha, arugula, pear salad is great! keepit on the menu, please. scallops were good, but could be cooked through.

M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

MA
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the imposing spiral staircase, the ample lounge area with authentic Matisse pen and ink drawings and marvelous Diego Giacometti coffee tables to the v ry page spacious and ample elbow- room seating at the tables and roomy banquet booths, this establishment is truly special. I especially like the Fernand Leger glass mural which is in front of a portion of the kitchen.
And, oh yes, Excellent cuisine and service!

BE
New York Area
214 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent French cuisine. Cordial, attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff. Nice selection of wines by the bottle or glass.

BR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic midtown restaurant with all of the quality you'd expect.

RA
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Just a wonderful department lunch. The server was professional and knowledgeable. The ambience was really easy going and French casual. The food. Perfect. Thank you!

OT
New York Area
275 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the best in the city. Beautiful..... great food and service......... I absolutely love it!

RB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Brunch was great. Excellent selection, food was refilled quickly, and food was delicious.
Service was impeccable.
Bottomless mimosas were truly bottomless!

w
Boise
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very good for quiet conversation and privacy.
Atmosphere sophisticated and elegant.
Menu varied, food good, not fancy .

D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, delicious food, exemplary service and very fair prices for the quality.

J
Pittsburgh
33 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pre theater dining went smoothly. No trouble getting a reservation for 4 at 6:00. Located in the lower level of an office building, the room was a large & minimally decorated with what looked similar to mid century modern furniture.
Two courses were delivered with time to spare. Loved the variety of breads and rolls with fine butter. My lamb chops were done to perfection (medium rare). The steak frites was good with crisp French fries, a guilty pleasure. The wine list is well procured with reasonable pricing. We enjoyed a Chateauneuf de Pape.
I would return for dining here as the food & service are top notch.

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4