Brasserie 8 1/2

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4098 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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c
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant experience. You feel like you are someplace special and the servers are very attentive.

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

We went for Father’s Day brunch. Even though , they were very busy but all the staff were on top of their game. Huge selection of food and great job as usual! I didn’t expect that they can provide such a fine service during Father’s Day. Wow! What a gem!

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l
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food good value lots of variety. Love the shrimp.

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SF
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch....amazing selection. Everything was delicious.

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WG
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Azi, Anne and I: Azi and I had the prix-fixe for $45: octopus app, which was very good, and the duck breast, which was also very good. Anne had the halibut, very good. Anne and I shared a half bottle of the Puilly Fuisse, which was very good. We shared two desserts—the apple tart and the almond cake,both very good

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

Brasserie 81/2 is a lovely place to got to eat or drink. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful. There is a very delightful sitting area where you can have a drink before dinner or just to have a cocktail. Very relaxing. The Bar is very classy. The bathrooms are very clean. Our food was delicious. A party of five and we all agreed that our dishes were very tasty. The waiters are very attentive. I would come here again.

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n
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing restaurant and we had great dinner..really got f food, exceptional service, wonderful ambiance

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Graduation

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

All was ok — food, service, ambiance. Best part is low noise level.

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is superb. This is our fourth visit and each time the service and the food was perfect.

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TW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner at 8 1/2. We always come for special occasions such as birthdays because we know the food, ambience and service are great. Sarah is wonderful and took care of us. We will definitely be back again and again with friends and family. It’s a great place to eat delicious food at a fair price in a gorgeous setting and be able to converse with your group because unlike most establishments, the restaurant is serene and you’re surrounded by beautiful art. Delicious meal and good conversations, it’s a rare find in NYC.

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L
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoyable. Great place to talk with friends

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f
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an old favorite, and it is as fresh as ever. It was firing on all cylinders. In particular, I noticed the kitchen paced the meal much better. The food was excellent. The lunch prix-fixe was extraordinary value.

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t
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and really enjoyed the soft shell crab experience.

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g
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

A nice find for brunch! The buffet was extensive and delicious. For the price, tea and coffee should be included. Seriously, how much does that cost? Also, the service was awful. We saw our waitress once when we were seated and had to flag her down to get ice teas. She never brought the check, so another waiter had to find her for us. Overall, though, it is a nice Sunday brunch and I we did enjoy ourselves.

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JK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The brunch buffet is too expensive for its value. The food was good, however, I had to pay extra for coffee.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. ALot of variety.

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything went great. The staff was attentive, setting lovely and menu with a good selection.

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OT
New York Area
261 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. I simply love it. Great food, well prepared and served, all in a beautiful reasonably quiet setting. I love it.

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d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening at brasserie eight 1/2. It is such a lovely, luxurious space, where are you feel welcomed the minute you enter. The staff is amazing and you can converse because the noise level is moderate. The food was excellent, especially for the value, and we had good help making our selections. We are enthusiastic about returning. Thank you.

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CM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. Besides the outstanding food and service, I love the space.....modern, airy, beautiful, with lots of space between tables.

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M
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, service, wine list and the very best mussels I’ve had anywhere....even in Brussels!

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t
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful soft shell crab menu, and BYOB a great opportunity to enjoy great wine at a savings.

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XY
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good. I had the soft crab special and my partner had the hugest piece of Ribeye I ever seen; both were great. They have prix fixe, BYOB and happy hour on M-F on selected days. The service was tentative. But there was an unfriendly man sitting at the entrance of the restaurant questioning if we had reservation. It left a bad first-impression. Otherwise, the service was good.

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CD
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice space, lots of room for private conversation. Very good food. Service friendly and professional.

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the Sunday brunch. Food was excellent and abundant/diverse. Had somewhat low expectations because of the brunch being an all you can eat buffet, but I was pleasantly surprised as all the different foods were delicious and fresh. Great “bang for the buck”. Fair to say Brasserie 8 1/2 is a serious contender for offering the best brunch in New York City, easily the best one I’ve been to! Highly recommend!

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Perhaps it is time to interchange some items on the buffet line. Although the food is good, it is getting boring.

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YO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fabulous waitress, hostess and staff.

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RK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table was perfect, as was service and food. When we mentioned that it was cold, the temperature was adjusted. An enjoyable dinner.

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z
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstandingly high quality two course prix fix lunch for $29. Excellent duck, lamb, soup, salad, A model and generous place.

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VC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent, and the service is impecable... This is my favorite NYC restaurant. The tables are spaciously separated. The ambiance is great. Very well decorated. Excellent desserts and the prix-fixe is very good. The best thing is that the place is quiet enough to have a business conversation even if there are several people at the table.

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f
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambience

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DW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful and quiet space. Great food. Great service. Wonderful ambiance. What more could you ask for?

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GG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and the environment plus the staffs are really nice , this is my forth time going back , we had a great dinner 😊

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H
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

They have abulous service. It is great for pre-theater!

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in lovely surroundings. Our server was wonderful. Will def go back!!!

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best location for a business lunch in Mid-town.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food and service!!!!!!!

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t
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food on BYOB night, attentive service in a quiet, lovely atmosphere. Love the surf-and- turf, with fillet “like butter!”

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FL
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

With a party of six, we had excellent service, enjoyed the menu options, and would certainly return for another meal.

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