Brasserie 8 1/2

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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

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RW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real class act. You can have a conversation easily, the food is delicious and reasonable, good service.

RM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the pre fixe lunch menu plus dessert. Great presentation for all the courses. The food was delicious and service impeccable. Restaurant ambience and decor is tasteful.

GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in a relaxed quite setting

RM
New York Area
233 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A first visit prior to Carnegie Hall, just two blocks away. Active bar crowd heard throughout the seating area, so a table in the lower room was a good choice. Good wine list with many single glass and half bottle options. Little necks were a bit disappointing, but the fresh greens salad was enjoyable. Duck was done just right, and the sea scallops, not seasoned themselves, arrived with a tasty dressing and vegetable mix. Service was attentive and gave adequate time for a relaxed dinner without the need to rush out for the evening event.

MK
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The service was slower especially from dessert.
The first is quite good but the atmosphere is so glamorous that it is wonderful to be there.

CT
Tampa
157 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

If you want to be crowded shoulder-to-shoulder and shout to be heard by your companions, this is not the place for you. But, if you like quiet elegance, with extraordinary food and service, at a reasonable cost, then by all means come to Brasserie 8 1/2. It's our favorite place in Manhattan, if not the whole U.S.

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the $39 two-course Paris bistro menu available Sunday and Monday evenings, with free BYO wine, so the value was absolutely outstanding. But in addition, the service was excellent, the food was delicious, and the ambience of this restaurant is always lovely.

IR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A winner on all counts. Beautiful room, excellent service and very good food that although somewhat pricey is well worth it

AB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to brunch spot! Took my dear friend to brunch to celebrate his victory over cancer! We specifically requested Stephen to be our server as he is the best!

M
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice brunch all you can eat. Endless mimosas for a small up charge. Really good value for NYC! Will go again and again!

MN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First here 15 years ago; last here 10 years ago. Menu seems about the same, maybe a little less variety. Food very good for buffet style, but still buffet quality. Staff very polite and responsive to requests. Good value if you can eat a lot. Only surprise is that coffee is not included in a $36 per person brunch ($2 extra).

C
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and quiet pleasant ambience. Good value with a discount coupon.

L
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent!

RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is truly one of the best NYC restaurants. Wonderful architecture, attentive service, new chef makes the food better than ever. Cauliflower soup last week was memorable!

JJ
Melbourne / VIC
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, special thanks to Nicole for her wonderful service.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my daughter to NYC and this was our “fancy” night out.

WG
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Hildy, Bev, Ariel, Rachael, Ajay, Annde, and I: Unfortunately it was crowded with a big 140 person party f Italians on a tour, and many other diners as well, so it was noisy. I had the country pate, which was very good, and the striped bass, which was not good at all—overcooked to dryness, and I asked for it undercooked. Anne had the duck salad and the branzino, which she liked.

AW
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Waited for an hour for our entrees. Which were not good. Manager was not going to offer us any I AM SORRY drinks until we asked him. NOT A GOOD SITUATION!
Never go back 150 tourists came in !

C
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We just love dinning here!
Sara, our server is on point on how to be available without being intrusive with table conversation.
The ambience is very well appointed , the food is flavorful & plated well.
They have special offers of food from countries around the world and the lobster special was exceptional.

E
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the most wonderful experience for a Sunday brunch. Amazing choice of food-and delicious! We love it here!

VB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place with excellent food and service. Hard to find perfect balance between food/service/ambiance.

KF
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and value. The restaurant staff were attentive and helpful ensuring we understood what we were ordering. The wine options were well chosen and matched the menus well.

g
New York Area
377 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hadn't been here in ages. Happy to report that the food is still very good and the atmosphere comfortable and serene. Wonderful selection of appetizers and the prix fixe is a wonderful deal if you are hungrier.

M
New York Area
232 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The prix fixed lunch was awful. The campagne pate was 2 slices of pink squares of rubber with marinated vegetables and 2 large triangles of burnt toast. The three sea scallops were the size of a quarter and laying in puréed turnips. This meal for $29 was poor and very disappointing.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Took 40 minutes to get appetizer (salad) even with almost empty room. Food grossly over-salted, even after asking them to 'go lightly'. Menu choices good, execution poor.

KK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great girls day out brunch. Nice food selection and they let us stay and chat even long after we were done eating. Cant wait to go back for our next gathering!

SP
Atlanta
157 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food ! Actually a restaurant where you can have
a conversation . Sarah , our server was very very good.
We all enjoyed our evening . Highly recommend !!

JS
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant to see. Very good food, waitstaff. Wine by the glass.
We ate here prior to going to the Opera. Wonderful evening .

LW
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE CELEBRATED A COUSIN'S BIRTHDAY AT 8 1/2 AND HE WAS MORE THAN DELIGHTED WITH THE FOOD, THE AMBIANCE, THE SERVICE, AND THE WONDERFUL ARTWORK ON DISPLAY.

i
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service at a rational price along with a beautiful, roomy setting. BYOB a big bonus.

JL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

HBD dinner - must rave about the service, shout out to our waitress Sarah and other people who had our table. She was super friendly, knew her menu and food. Our servers were attentive and kept our wine flowing, water glasses filled and delicious French breads for the table. 8 1/2 has BYOB two nights a week, one on Sunday when we were there - lucky for us, it’s rare for a NYC restaurant. Our party of 8 had the Prix Fix, all were happy with the taste and portion. Another choice was a 2 course lobster dinner, that was tempting but we opted for the one with dessert. We were surprised with a complimentary amuse Bouche - well seasoned lamb chop, it was yummy and bigger than a small bite. I had the grilled octopus to start, Branzino for my entree and finished with warm peach cobbler - enjoyed my choices. I had also tasted the Fig starter and Petit Mignon, also very good. The restaurant had nice decor, we were seated in an open area but felt private. I want to thank them for taking us an hour early and making my day special.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was brunch with my niece and it was lovely.

c
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely dinner as always. Delicious food, great service and good value. A comfortable and gracious environment. Will be back soon .

S
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Duck 2 ways was excellent. Filet ordered medium was a bit dry. Overall very good experience.

TB
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best service we have experienced in New York, tied with Russian Tea Room, at a restaurant.

AS
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! The food is always great and the restaurant is absolutely beautiful. Service is very good. The tables are spaced very well so you can have quiet conversation. Go!

GC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch in an amazing place! Service is wonderful, foods are so good.

a
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday Sep 14 2019
Birthday

JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent time. Very elegant and wonderful service! I was very pleased with the efforts put into making our evening special!

S
Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant/atmosphere. Quality experience

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