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About Brasserie 8 1/2

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.

9 West 57th St.
New York, NY 10019
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French / American, European

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*

Cross Street:
5th & 6th Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 829-0812

Website:
http://www.brasserie812.com/

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
Parking is available at the garage next door.

Public Transit:
SUBWAY
F at 57th Street or E at 53rd & 5th Avenue
N and R on 59th Street and 5th Avenue

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Happy Thanksgiving :
Thanksgiving Holiday 3 Prix Fixe menu only this day @ $65 pp , Children 10 yrs & younger $32.
(no beverages included) Menu option from Appetizers -including Crab Cake to Traditional Turkey-Branzino-to Pumpkin Pie to name a few.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join us for a $49 3-course prix fixe or our limited a la carte menu featuring Boeuf Bourguinon, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, and Steak Frites!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Merry Christmas :
Christmas Day-3 Prix Fixe menu @ $65 pp , Children 10 yrs & younger $32.
(no beverages included) also will be offering a limited Ala Cart Menu option from Appetizers -including Crab Cake to Filet Mignon-Roast Beef-Branzino- Duck to Buche De Noel to name a few.

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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.

Brasserie 8 1/2 Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (70)
Special Occasion (59)
Business Meals (56)
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Good for Birthdays (47)
Good for a Date (47)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
Great for Brunch (41)
Good for Groups (37)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Great for Lunch (36)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Romantic (33)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Bar Seating (26)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Fun (18)
Casual (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Cozy (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Authentic (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Tasting Menu (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Healthy (6)
People Watching (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent long attended restaurant in the heart of midtown. We have never had a off night of dining over the years. If anything, the service seems even better but that may be our imagination as we truly enjoy the ambience. It is difficult to order anything else besides the duck but over the years, we have done so. Try to avoid those times when the bar is jammed (just after work). One can always enjoy quiet conversation in the booths.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Romantic, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Remains one of the best New York has to offer. Always great food and still the epitome of guilt elegance

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

nice place to come - has been around for a bit so has lost the "I must eat here, now feel" which is GREAT. good place to come with friends or family and have a conversation - which is a rarity in NYC.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great ambience and good prix fixe lunch value. Perfect for a special occasion!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

came here with clients for dinner. Very good menu and outstanding service from waitress. Noise level was perfect to enjoy regular conversation whilst dining

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Everything was fantastic! Food and wine were delicious. Service was amazing. Thank you for making the evening so special!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Overall it was a worthwhile experience even though our lunch order was confused by the waiter

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Nice place, all dishes we tried were tasty and well prepared. Clean. Wait staff ok after we managed to rope one in.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very good location and impressively spacious place.
Regret they carry no milk substitutes. Coffee is not included in their Brunch fix price.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Restaurant was all encompassing on presentation, ambiance and service. Can’t wait to go back and have Sarah as our waitress again. The food was absolutely delicious and perfectly prepared. I left completely full and satisfied. I already suggested it to a co-worker. Would love to try another location within the family.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very nice setting, great food and service. Will be back soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a very nice evening at Brasserie 8 1/2. The service was wonderful, our waiter was sweet and very helpful. The food was delicious and for NYC, fairly reasonably priced. The atmosphere was nice. We appreciated that the tables were not jammed together and it was quiet enough for a good discussion. I would highly recommend!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Duck breast on prix fixe excellent and prix fixe meal a pleasure overall

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Super
Classy
And great food. The Matisse theme makes for an enjoyable setting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great meal, beautiful space and you can actually hear which is nice!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Always a good experience. Very good in all respects.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food was good, not great. Attentive service made it an enjoyable evening

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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food3
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Tables are far apart giving you privacy and quiet. Food was good as was service. We weren’t rushed and spent several hours enjoying ourselves.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Always delicious! My husband and I love this restaurant. The food is so good! We enjoyed the seafood platter as well as the very special scallop dish with short ribs! The service is impeccable( ask to sit with Sara)!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch and it was just lovely. So many options, freshly made omelets and crepes, carving stations, salads, bagels and lox, paella, etc... etc... Not pricey at all, great deal!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Over the years I have visited 8 1/2 several times and been satisfied.
This time it was different and not up to earlier level.
The service was not involved, acted in best case uninterested, robotic in their appearance.
The food "medium".
So I am afraid it was the last visit, at least for some years.
anders

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

It never fails to please. Some dishes are better than others but that could be a matter of personal taste. I keep going back and bringing others especially when I want to have a conversation without shouting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

My husband and I had lunch at Brasserie 8 1/2. It was convenient to our hotel so we decided to try it. The onion soup was a very generous portion and delicious - lots of cheese and a good broth, although to my taste the onions were a bit heavy on rosemary. The salmon was good but my sole meuniere (the daily special) was just OK. I expected the traditional preparation but this was more like a mediterranean version. I have a hunch the fish was purchased frozen. The wine was OK but priced a bit high. Anyhow, lunch for 2 (2 onion soups, salmon and sole and a half bottle of wine - $47)) came to $180 including tip. I considered that pretty high, even for New York.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great prix fixe lunch with good choices for everyone!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great spacious dining room where value and quality should keep this place hopping through the rest of time

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was my third birthday celebration at Brasserie, and it has been better with each one.Although this was 92, I am hoping for more thanks

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was exceptional. An amazing variety. All carefully prepared. A rainy day and offered umbrella bag. Nice touch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Not worth the money. Disappointing meal all around. Should have known when we saw how empty it was on a Friday night. Wouldn’t recommend.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Lovely bar where you can enjoy a drink before dinner. Great choice for dinner before a performace at Carnegie Hall or City Center - tables are nicely set apart which permits conversatin without being on top of another table. We enjoyed the scallops and tuna as our main courses. Both were excellently prepared. Nice selection of wines by the glass to accompany your entree.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Comfortable, attractive space; good acoustics, great service all around. Best crabcakes!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Always enjoyable. Excellent food and service! Very accommodating.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food excellent. Priced fairly. Much Space between tables. Service excellent. Ambience perfect.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Lunch at Brasserie 8 1/2 has wide offerings, to date, all have been marvelous. There are also daily specials. The service is quiet, efficient and very pleasant - always appropriately attentive. Two main courses were trout and skirt steak - both were extremely attractively presented and delicious. The peche melba dessert was spectacular but not overwhelming. There remains a remarkable combination of formality, efficiency , professionalism and welcoming warmth.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The Sunday evening BYOB meal featured chef's choices as special offerings - all were typical of the quality and creativity we have come to expect. The beef Wellington was delicious with the puff pastry and delicious beef. The duck confit was attractively presented and delicious. The chocolate in the dessert was perfect and beautifully presented. Simply perfect

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We usually come for lunch or dinner and love Brasserie 8 1/2, but this time, were quite disappointed when we had brunch there. The buffet style is nice, but understaffed. Service
was very slow, and truly $34 for my 11 year daughter who just had a bagel and a dessert!!
Really? Also, my understanding was the mimosa was included with the brunch but since
I had kids with me, I asked for orange juice instead and was charged for those!
Then waited forever for the check, finally had to get up to have my credit card processed.
Not the greatest experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

WE were celebrating my sister's special birthday with 6 females. We thought the food variety was great from their delicious french toast to omelets as well as luncheon foods such as shrimp cocktail, mac & cheese, salads, carving stations etc. The manager approached us and told us to take just a small sample of everything and then go back for the things that we really enjoyed.

We also had a bottomless mimosa which was served in a pitcher and my cousin ordered a bloody mary that she said was great. The desserts were awesome and we had trouble deciding which calories to imbibe.

The service was fair and our waiter wasn't very attentive. We had to serve ourselves which was fun but he didn't have much personality and wasn't fun.

Otherwise the dining experience was great and we would definitely recommend and go back again.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The space is very attractive and the number and variety of foods offered for the brunch is amazing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our waiter was extremely attentive and gave us exeptionally good service
Regarding the food, everything was good

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary at Sunday Brunch and enjoyed our experience. I wish we had more time but we were in a hurry for the next fun part of the day. Next time we'll be sure to soak the experience in and hopefully get to bring our daughter because she would have loved it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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