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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

Executive Chef:
Franck Deletrain

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

Special Events & Promotions:
For special event inquiries, please contact Sarah Duffin at sduffin@patinagroup.com.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

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

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (61)
Quiet Conversation (60)
Business Meals (53)
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Great for Brunch (46)
Good for a Date (43)
Good for Groups (43)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Pre/post Theatre (33)
Great for Lunch (32)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Romantic (30)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Bar Seating (28)
Sunday Lunch (24)
Cozy (16)
Casual (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Fun (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Authentic (11)
Tasting Menu (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
People Watching (7)
Healthy (6)
Seasonal (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful buffet as usual. Great service and food. Enjoyable time had by all.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Price was terrific, good food and ambiance, people were lovely. great location,
and the whole brunch was wonderful.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed a Friday night with family. Great fixed priced menu. Escargot appetizer and duck main were wonderful. Dessert is included. $42 WOW. One of the best deals in NY. Service was very friendly and no one tried to rush us.

Whether visiting the city and staying in mid town or a local it is a good deal

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

A favorite of ours. Everyone we bring here enjoys the food,atmosphere,and service

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful service, outstanding dinner! Everything was perfect for a great pre snow weekend with friends. I would highly recommend! My filet mignon was perfectly done as requested. The wine that was suggested complimented the dinner. Thank you!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great Happy Hour with oysters. The main course was not as good as in the past. Good price performer.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This is the second time we have been here but first for BYOB and Fixe Prix menu. The menu is a great deal and bringing our own special wine was great.. Service as usual was very good. The BYOB and the fix price menu is a great deal

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We love to meet our "out of town" friends and relatives here for delicious food, wonderful service and especially the comfortable ambiance which allows for quiet, uninterrupted conversation. (a rarity in New York City). This, our 8th visit, was as enjoyable as our first in every way.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We went to Sunday Brunch. The food (with a French flair) was excellent, the service was wonderful. This is a well-run establishment. The Maitre D' was always on the floor making sure everything was running smoothly. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything about the brunch was excellent. The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was relaxing. We will definitely go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Sunday brunch with a business colleague and his wife. Sat in a booth and service was attentive and on point. Endless mimosas was a nice touch even though the bubbly was slightly weak. Food selection was abundant and fresh. Lovely miniature desserts was a perfect ending. Nice setting which allowed for a good conversation. Very recommend for a nice leisurely sophisticated brunch place near 5th Avenue shopping.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We have been return diners at 81/2 for several years.We have always been pleased with the decor,the reserved,quiet ambience.The food is of high caliber in taste and presentation.The service is efficient,timely,but not overwhelming.We have never been disappointed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Nice, but cavernous. Too loud.

Food was authentic French. Waitstaff was friendly.

Best for a group of 8 or more.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Dinner special was outstanding. Service is top notch.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Tapas, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

excellent food, service and wonderful ambiance, as always!

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Perfect spot, one small glitch, the restaurant is located below street level, we were dining at lunchtime and they were jackhammers going.
At dinner time, I am sure the construction crews have departed.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We went to celebrate a birthday. the food was delicious. The atmosphere delightfully NOT cacophonous. We were in a booth, it was lovely and elegant The food was delicious and beautifully served.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Old-fashioned buffet Sunday brunch. Service was great and the traditional broad selection made for a great experience. Nothing here is outstanding in terms of the quality of the food; you shouldn't be at buffet brunch if that's what you're looking for. But for an inexhaustible supply of good food for both breakfast and lunch, this is the place to go.

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

We had a lovely family dinner with my parents, sister, our hubbies and my pre-teen foodie nephews visiting from Montreal. Excellent prix fixe, wine list, perfectly cooked duck and filet mignon, user-friendly staff and well-spaced tables so that groups could get a little boisterous without the noise level becoming intrusive. We shall return!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (London)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great restaurant!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Lovely surroundings and atmosphere. Very pleasant and accommodating staff. Delicious cuisine.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

My wife and I spent a very nice, quiet, comfortable few early evening hours at this restaurant. The food was superb and the service attentive but not over whelming. I would gladly recommend Brasserie 8 1/2 to any of my family, friends and associates.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

My family dined for Thanksgiving Dinner on our trip to NYC. The food was very good and service extremely friendly. Would choose again for family celebration.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

My boyfriend and I decided to dine on Thanksgiving rather than cook this year. Being that we live a couple blocks from the restaurant, we often walk by and admire the chandelier and grand staircase from the first level. After reading all the awesome reviews, we said "lets give this place a try". The food was simply delicious from their prefixed menu and the service was outstanding! The warm ambiance and amazing design aesthetics creates a more luxurious and romantic atmosphere.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner at 8 1/2 was much better than expected. The menu offered several prix fix items to satisfy everyone in a dinner party. There was the delicious traditional turkey dinner, there were steaks, and there were options for fish. The sides were good, and so was the wine. I have no complaints to register.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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 (Cambridge)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Lovely meal on Thanksgiving day. Great surroundings, delicious meal and good value for money. Would highly recommend this place for a dinner date or a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great service and wonderful food. We were just there for Thanksgiving dinner. Everything was delicious and portions generous in the spirit of a true feast. Our server was very cordial and accommodating to all requests. Great cocktails too ! Always a great time at 8 1/2.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Healthy, Fun, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We visit for Thanksgiving dinner. The meal was value for dollars, the staff was very helpful. Out waitor was a pleasant, friendly and attentive. The planned menu had a good selection and the pecan tart was awesome.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner here. Excellent food, wonderful waiter and a pleasant ambiance.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My daughter's and I always spend Thanksgiving at Brassiere 81/2 and we are never disappointed. The food is fabulous and the service staff treat us like royalty. I love our traditional holiday at your beautiful restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a 90+ year old woman with a walker and a 9-month-old with stroller for Thanksgiving. The staff was courteous and helpful, and made it easy to enjoy our holiday comfortably. I would go back again without hesitation.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We always love going to 81/2
Jose is a great waiter

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

I go here regularly because it's a beautiful space and it's quiet enough to have a conversation. there were times the service was too slow, but after complaining, the service has improved. the fixed price lunch is very good value. my last meal wasn't up to standard - undercooked steak - but I was too lazy to complain.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

the highlight of our dining in NYC experience. awesome!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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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