Brasserie 8 1/2

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4303 Reviews
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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 4303 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
271 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

w
Boise
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
Pittsburgh
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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

Celebrating 25 years with Estée Lauder

m
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

OT
New York Area
173 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful venue, delicious food and good service.

B
Los Angeles
107 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
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 on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
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
169 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
150 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
4 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.