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Brasserie 8 1/2

3432 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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French, Contemporary French / American, European
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm;

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

*We are currently not open for lunch service on Saturdays*
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Phone number
(212) 829-0812
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Franck Deletrain
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Our catering menu for private events incorporates our critically acclaimed classic French cuisine with a modern twist, custom-designed menus to meet your needs, and an extensive, award-winning wine list of domestic and imported bottles.
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Cross street
5th & 6th Ave.
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Parking details
Parking is available at the garage next door.
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Public transit
F at 57th Street or E at 53rd & 5th Avenue
N and R on 59th Street and 5th Avenue

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Special events & promotions
For special event inquiries, please contact Sarah Duffin at
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Steps off Fifth Avenue-Sleek destination ideal for unforgettable events,offering a choice of plush private dining rooms. Accommodating 10 to 150 guests. With a wide range of enticing specialties, custom-designed menus artfully complement the glamorous setting.

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What 3432 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSall (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food was very good and service was casual elegant. I think given it's location it's more lively during the week for business dinners and lunches.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

I have been dining at Brasserie 8.5 since i 2000 when it opened and have never had a bad experience. Wonderful food and great atmosphere Looking forward to the next 18 years.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The Sunday French menu was an eye opener. Foir gras app and individual beef wellington were sensational. Great breads to start with, too. Portions are very generous and price very reasonable, especially with free BYO promotion. Elegant spacious venue, first class service and maybe the last place in Manhattan where you can have a quiet conversation while you dine. All right across from Carnegie Hall and a short cab ride to Lincoln Center.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Excellent experience. Food was great except for the Paella which was bland and had many empty clam shells. Service was great. I recommend the mimosas.

vipDodger (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Brasserie 8 1/2 is our favorite restaurant in NYC. The food, service, and ambiance are always wonderful. On this occasion, we were entertaining family from Los Angeles for brunch and they loved it. The selection of food was terrific, the staff was friendly and helpful, and everything was delicious. It is always a pleasure to come to Brasserie 8 1/2, a restaurant that truly epitomizes fine dining in an atmosphere of casual class. Thank you very much.

4.0  Dined 7 days ago

I went for dinner with a friend. Loved the location! Felt sort of speak easy, because it is hard to be noticed, unless you know about it! I order duck breast and enjoyed its flavor. Good presentation and portions! Would go back!

LynnL (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We always enjoy Brasserie 8 1/2. This was our 4th visit with a party of friends and family from New York, Texas and Virginia. We all agreed the food was superb, the servers were gracious and knowledgable, and the ambiance was lovely.

vipHenri (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

A treasure. Hadn't been here for about a year and it was wonderful, as usual. This was a lunch with an old friend. We both had a fine Bouillabaisse. I'll be back soon. Would recommend it to anyone interested in civilized dining.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Service and food both great. One of our favorite restaurants

vipChicago (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Kenny the general manager is fantastic. He makes sure ypur experience is a good one and he roams the floor regularly, not hiding out in some back office. The food here is always excellent, and the pricing is very fair. This most recent visit was on Valentines Day, and yet in addition to the special menu, you could order anything off the regular menu if you preferred. Not many other places do this, was appreciated by my date who didn't want 3 courses. Wine selection is also good here. And the bar happy hour offerings are also great. Easy to forget about this place because it is below ground, but you shouldn't. Highly recommend.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I felt I was on board a 1 hour flight and the meal service had to be completed before landing.
the airline imagery was reinforced by the awful food. no sooner had our order been placed than
the first course arrived. the main course was served almost before the appetizer plates were cleared. the first course foie gras was served next to a sloppy spongy unidentifiable disk of something or other. the main course lobster was okay but the beef wellington was not edible.
dessert, the course that should seal the fond memories of a meal was the worst. a chocolate mousse cake was a confusion of flavors and textures that simply did not please. a recommended
crepe souffle looked to have been manufactured months ago at some distant factory. it was deplorable. all in all a misery of a dining experience.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I came to Brasserie 8 1/2 for a Valentine’s day dinner with high expectations.. not only did Brasserie exceed my expectations, I thoroughly enjoyed the options that were available on the prix-fixe menu. I enjoyed a lovely meal consisting of crispy oysters, foie gras, beef Wellington and a lovely slice of chocolate cake! My waiter was attentive and had a lovely sense of humor, the ambiance was incredible, and my flute of Prosecco was the best palate cleanser.. although the kitchen was running just a tad bit behind, I myself am in the restaurant business and could not hold it to them, especially on a busy night.

Thank you to the Brasserie 8 1/2 team for my incredible experience and I cannot wait to come back and eat more amazing food!

Bella1 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and good service.Ive been there many times and the food is delicious all the time.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We went on a valentines date and they exceeded our expectations. The food was great, the dinner menu was tailored to the occasion and the service was outstanding. Our waitress and staff was very attentive, but not overwhelming.

vipreasonableguy (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Nice place, very good food, good service. You're not going to get any bargains here, but then again you're not going to get any bargains in restaurants this close to Central Park and hedge fund land. Fine for business, better for date night.