Brasserie 8 1/2

★★★★☆
French Restaurant in New York City
  • 9 W 57th St

    New York, NY 10019

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  • 212-829-0812

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The atmosphere is way too modern for my taste, but I could see others liking it. I had a really hard time finding something on the menu that sounded appetizing. My boyfriend called before our date to make sure they could accommodate a

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★★★★★

The atmosphere is way too modern for my taste, but I could see others liking it. I had a really hard time finding something on the menu that sounded appetizing. My boyfriend called before our date to make sure they could accommodate a

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Wow! I went to Brasserie 8 1/2 recently with my coworkers for an after work drink. The cocktails were wonderful and cheeper than anyone in town. Never have I been to a place with so many wonderful bar snacks. Everything from goat cheese croquetts to crostini with tomato was all delicious and not to mention all freebies. How could I forget the spanish style tortas and the mini croque monsieurs. 8 1/2 is my new after work spot!!!

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★★★★★

Wow! I went to Brasserie 8 1/2 recently with my coworkers for an after work drink. The cocktails were wonderful and cheeper than anyone in town. Never have I been to a place with so many wonderful bar snacks. Everything from goat cheese croquetts to crostini with tomato was all delicious and not to mention all freebies. How could I forget the spanish style tortas and the mini croque monsieurs. 8 1/2 is my new after work spot!!!

Pros: Great Bar Snacks

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I had lunch at Brasserie 8 1/2 with some friends. We had the Kampachi Sashimi ($18), MIxed Green Salad ($12),Lobster Club ($26), and the Coca Cola Cobb Salad ($22).

Everything was artistically presented especially the Coca Cola Cobb. The flavors were as vibrant as the art work throughout the restaurant. Service was outstanding genuinely attentive.

I'll certainly be back soon!!!!

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★★★★★

I had lunch at Brasserie 8 1/2 with some friends. We had the Kampachi Sashimi ($18), MIxed Green Salad ($12),Lobster Club ($26), and the Coca Cola Cobb Salad ($22).

Everything was artistically presented especially the Coca Cola Cobb. The flavors were as vibrant as the art work throughout the restaurant. Service was outstanding genuinely attentive.

I'll certainly be back soon!!!!

Pros: Great Choices for Lunch

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Brasserie 8 1/2 is perfectly located along 5th Avenue. A great proximity to shopping, which is why my girlfriends and I went.

Among the many things we had, there was one of honorable mention. The chicken. It was rubbed with anchovie and preserved lemon and cooked to a beautiful golden brown in the rotisserie. The moment I bit into the perfectly crisp skin, I knew they had mastered the art of cooking a perfect chicken. That is they cooked the legs and thighs beforehand so that the breasts are done at exactly the same time. Juicy and tender, it was as good as the art work that adorns the walls of the restaurant. In my opinion the chicken was only second to that of l' Amis Louis in Paris.

The dish was garnished with the most delicate gnocchi that was cooked in the drippings from the chicken in the rotisserie. I had to place my napkin over them to keep them from floating away as they were so light.

Donald was a wonderful help with suggestions. I could tell he genuinely understood the meaning of great service.

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★★★★★

Brasserie 8 1/2 is perfectly located along 5th Avenue. A great proximity to shopping, which is why my girlfriends and I went.

Among the many things we had, there was one of honorable mention. The chicken. It was rubbed with anchovie and preserved lemon and cooked to a beautiful golden brown in the rotisserie. The moment I bit into the perfectly crisp skin, I knew they had mastered the art of cooking a perfect chicken. That is they cooked the legs and thighs beforehand so that the breasts are done at exactly the same time. Juicy and tender, it was as good as the art work that adorns the walls of the restaurant. In my opinion the chicken was only second to that of l' Amis Louis in Paris.

The dish was garnished with the most delicate gnocchi that was cooked in the drippings from the chicken in the rotisserie. I had to place my napkin over them to keep them from floating away as they were so light.

Donald was a wonderful help with suggestions. I could tell he genuinely understood the meaning of great service.

Pros: Outstanding Food, Beautiful Space

Cons: Hard to Find

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My family and I had Easter Brunch at Brasserie 8 1/2. They offered a wonderful array of items on the Buffet. From Omelettes to Gravlox, everything was wonderfully prepared. The pinnacle of Brunch besides the Easter Bunny would definately be the BBQ pork. So smokey and rich. I won't forget this one anytime soon. The brisket was spot on too. Never have I tasted it so tender, and with the saltyness of the cabbage, it was perfect. We had a wonderful seat right next to the kitchen. We frequently peeked inside to see the chefs working and with all of the art work made for a wonderful ambiance. I thought it was a great deal for only $55.The service was so attentive and welcoming. Kristina, our server, attended to our every whim. She went far out of her way to make us feel at home. I'll definately be back for the holidays. Thank you 8 1/2!!!

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★★★★★

My family and I had Easter Brunch at Brasserie 8 1/2. They offered a wonderful array of items on the Buffet. From Omelettes to Gravlox, everything was wonderfully prepared. The pinnacle of Brunch besides the Easter Bunny would definately be the BBQ pork. So smokey and rich. I won't forget this one anytime soon. The brisket was spot on too. Never have I tasted it so tender, and with the saltyness of the cabbage, it was perfect. We had a wonderful seat right next to the kitchen. We frequently peeked inside to see the chefs working and with all of the art work made for a wonderful ambiance. I thought it was a great deal for only $55.The service was so attentive and welcoming. Kristina, our server, attended to our every whim. She went far out of her way to make us feel at home. I'll definately be back for the holidays. Thank you 8 1/2!!!

Pros: Wonderful Brunch, Friendly Service, Great Ambiance

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My mother and I recently had theatre tickets so we thought of Brasserie 8 1/2. They are a short distance from Broadway. We voiced our time restrictions which was gracefully met. We skipped the appetizer and just had entrees. I had the "dry aged duck". Apparently they hang their ducks peking style and let them dry over a period of several days. It was simply pan roasted and served with foie gras spatzle ($30). I never thought duck could taste more like duck. It was a perfect match with the Guigal Cotes du Rhone which was served by glass. Both were wonderful. My mother had the sole ($28) which was garnished with morels and spring peas. The fish was beautifully prepared. The peas and morels were a great introduction into spring. Deserts were a nice touch too.

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★★★★★

My mother and I recently had theatre tickets so we thought of Brasserie 8 1/2. They are a short distance from Broadway. We voiced our time restrictions which was gracefully met. We skipped the appetizer and just had entrees. I had the "dry aged duck". Apparently they hang their ducks peking style and let them dry over a period of several days. It was simply pan roasted and served with foie gras spatzle ($30). I never thought duck could taste more like duck. It was a perfect match with the Guigal Cotes du Rhone which was served by glass. Both were wonderful. My mother had the sole ($28) which was garnished with morels and spring peas. The fish was beautifully prepared. The peas and morels were a great introduction into spring. Deserts were a nice touch too.

Pros: The Best Duck in The City

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I did lunch at 8 1/2 recently. The Lobster Bolognese is "A Must Have". The handmade angel hair was a perfect al dente. The service was wonderful. Our server, Jessica, really made us feel at home. She went out of her way to chat with us about the happenings around town. So many restaurants are about "turn and burn" in midtown, but not 8 1/2. I felt like we owned the table.

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★★★★★

I did lunch at 8 1/2 recently. The Lobster Bolognese is "A Must Have". The handmade angel hair was a perfect al dente. The service was wonderful. Our server, Jessica, really made us feel at home. She went out of her way to chat with us about the happenings around town. So many restaurants are about "turn and burn" in midtown, but not 8 1/2. I felt like we owned the table.

Pros: Great Menu

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I had lunch at 8 1/2 on Friday. It was just wonderful. Great location and I didn't have to wonder far from 5th Avenue. I had the Coca Cola Cobb Salad. It was a great riff on a classic. The chicken for the salad was marinated in Coca Cola and then fried. It was really tasty. Service couldn't be better. Geoffrey was very nice.

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★★★★★

I had lunch at 8 1/2 on Friday. It was just wonderful. Great location and I didn't have to wonder far from 5th Avenue. I had the Coca Cola Cobb Salad. It was a great riff on a classic. The chicken for the salad was marinated in Coca Cola and then fried. It was really tasty. Service couldn't be better. Geoffrey was very nice.

Pros: Creative Menu, Beautiful Restaurant

Cons: It was hard to find. Look for the big 9.

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What a wonderful brunch. The huge shrimp and oysters were delicious. The salads were fresh and light. The roast beef was a perfect medium rare. All of the beautiful deserts makes it hard to watch carbs. Delicious, Delicious, Delicious!

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★★★★★

What a wonderful brunch. The huge shrimp and oysters were delicious. The salads were fresh and light. The roast beef was a perfect medium rare. All of the beautiful deserts makes it hard to watch carbs. Delicious, Delicious, Delicious!

Pros: Fantastic Brunch

Cons: Brunch is only on Sundays

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I recently had dinner at Brasserie 8 1/2. Being a fish lover, I appreciate chefs who devote some attention to the subject. The selection of crudo and fish was over the top. The Hamachi in Avocado was superb. I really enjoyed the oyster selection (10 to choose from). I'm still dreaming of the Halibut crusted with Lardo. Delicious.

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★★★★★

I recently had dinner at Brasserie 8 1/2. Being a fish lover, I appreciate chefs who devote some attention to the subject. The selection of crudo and fish was over the top. The Hamachi in Avocado was superb. I really enjoyed the oyster selection (10 to choose from). I'm still dreaming of the Halibut crusted with Lardo. Delicious.

Pros: Ultra Fresh Fish

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I took my sister to Brasserie 8 1/2 for her Birthday Thursday. She is a devout vegetarian. We were content simply ordering items from the prix fixe menu. The chef took the time to come to our table and prepare a special vegetarian menu for the occasion. All of the courses were just wonderful. My particular favorite was Ramp Tagliatelle with Tomato and Bergamot "Tea". The service staff really took the time to make the occasion special. Kudos!

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★★★★☆

I took my sister to Brasserie 8 1/2 for her Birthday Thursday. She is a devout vegetarian. We were content simply ordering items from the prix fixe menu. The chef took the time to come to our table and prepare a special vegetarian menu for the occasion. All of the courses were just wonderful. My particular favorite was Ramp Tagliatelle with Tomato and Bergamot "Tea". The service staff really took the time to make the occasion special. Kudos!

Pros: Personal Service

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So they have a prix fix menu for Thanksgiving for $49.00 a person, which is a decent deal. I have been searching for a place, and made the reservation based on the fact, that they offered prime rib. Guess what, we get there, and it's nowhere to be found on the pre-printed menu. Our server tells us that they changed it that morning, and that she's had a LOT of complaints about it, but they have the right as menu is "subject to change". When we got home we checked the website it's STILL stated prime rib. It was no mishap, as a matter of fact, I'm not even sure that they ever planned on serving it, or just put it on the menu to get more reservations. The worst part is, that I left a small, disappointed but polite note along with our bill- which we payed, and tipped the waitress well, since it had nothing to do with her. She brought it to a manager while we were still there, and not only did he not come over and apologized or god forbid offered a dessert or a drink- he looked at my husband, and gave him A CONDISENDING SMIRK, and walked away!!!! I guess economy is no problem for Brasserie 8 1/2 since they clearly working on alienating their costumers!!! I would NEVER consider going back there, and working in a bar in midtown myself, I'll make sure to advice everyone that asks for a restaurant recommendation, to stay clear as day away from Brasserie 8 1/2!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

So they have a prix fix menu for Thanksgiving for $49.00 a person, which is a decent deal. I have been searching for a place, and made the reservation based on the fact, that they offered prime rib. Guess what, we get there, and it's nowhere to be found on the pre-printed menu. Our server tells us that they changed it that morning, and that she's had a LOT of complaints about it, but they have the right as menu is "subject to change". When we got home we checked the website it's STILL stated prime rib. It was no mishap, as a matter of fact, I'm not even sure that they ever planned on serving it, or just put it on the menu to get more reservations. The worst part is, that I left a small, disappointed but polite note along with our bill- which we payed, and tipped the waitress well, since it had nothing to do with her. She brought it to a manager while we were still there, and not only did he not come over and apologized or god forbid offered a dessert or a drink- he looked at my husband, and gave him A CONDISENDING SMIRK, and walked away!!!! I guess economy is no problem for Brasserie 8 1/2 since they clearly working on alienating their costumers!!! I would NEVER consider going back there, and working in a bar in midtown myself, I'll make sure to advice everyone that asks for a restaurant recommendation, to stay clear as day away from Brasserie 8 1/2!!!

Pros: Nothing that would cancel our disappointment

Cons: Feeling taken advantage of...

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I went here for restaurant week. The heirloom tomato salad was beautifully presented and very tasty. The skate was "good". For dessert I got the banana pudding and my friend got some type of bl00d orange dessert. I tried both desserts and would have to say that the dessert chef seems to be the star of the restaurant. I'm a dessert connoisseur and can say that both desserts were spectacular.

This restaurant has two nice bars and an open bar area with cushy leather sofas. I think this would be a great place for after work drinks...a bit more sophisticated than your typical after-work bar.

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★★★★☆

I went here for restaurant week. The heirloom tomato salad was beautifully presented and very tasty. The skate was "good". For dessert I got the banana pudding and my friend got some type of bl00d orange dessert. I tried both desserts and would have to say that the dessert chef seems to be the star of the restaurant. I'm a dessert connoisseur and can say that both desserts were spectacular.

This restaurant has two nice bars and an open bar area with cushy leather sofas. I think this would be a great place for after work drinks...a bit more sophisticated than your typical after-work bar.

Pros: Open space, nice bar area, good food

Cons: Feels a bit dated...too 90's expense account

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First of all, the food was horribly over-priced, over-salted and the proportions were a joke..and simply put, not good.
Second of all, the restaurant feels like a huge war bunker or underground airplane hanger with no windows and no sun. They should have built a mall there instead.
And last but not least, the manager appeared to be 80 years old, probably living there like a hermit and in serious need of a hearing aid and an english dictionary. Nothing worse then asking a simple question three times and having the other person scream out WHAAAT??
Rue 57 is across the street with fresh air, city views and good food. Hope this was helpful.

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★☆☆☆☆

First of all, the food was horribly over-priced, over-salted and the proportions were a joke..and simply put, not good.
Second of all, the restaurant feels like a huge war bunker or underground airplane hanger with no windows and no sun. They should have built a mall there instead.
And last but not least, the manager appeared to be 80 years old, probably living there like a hermit and in serious need of a hearing aid and an english dictionary. Nothing worse then asking a simple question three times and having the other person scream out WHAAAT??
Rue 57 is across the street with fresh air, city views and good food. Hope this was helpful.

Pros: The bread was free. At least the waitress spoke English.

Cons: Everything else..

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This place is gracious, beautiful and expensive but worth it!

A staircase leads to the lounge. Sit back on great, comfortable couches and choose appetizers from a wonderful bar menu, and cocktails as low as $8.50!

Continue to the beautiful main floor where you will be greeted with graceful, relaxed, and completely professional service. Our server, Peter, made our experience one of the best ever. He appears to LOVE his job, and couldn't wait to make our dining experience the best. We left there feeling like we had a new friend.

The food! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! The 12-oz Steak Frites is so flavorful with its incredible bearnaise sauce. The Crabcakes are the best I have ever tasted. And, don't miss out on ordering a side of the Macaroni and Cheese with Lardo and Truffle butter. It will melt in your mouth!

My only criticism is that I cannot understand how a restaurant with a chef of such high caliber insists on condoning the use of Foie Gras! (Even West Hollywood passed a resolution to ban its use.) I am asking Chef Julian Alonzo to please take a stand against this cruel menu item. It will only increase the integrity and "heart" of this otherwise, wonderful restaurant.

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★★★★★

This place is gracious, beautiful and expensive but worth it!

A staircase leads to the lounge. Sit back on great, comfortable couches and choose appetizers from a wonderful bar menu, and cocktails as low as $8.50!

Continue to the beautiful main floor where you will be greeted with graceful, relaxed, and completely professional service. Our server, Peter, made our experience one of the best ever. He appears to LOVE his job, and couldn't wait to make our dining experience the best. We left there feeling like we had a new friend.

The food! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! The 12-oz Steak Frites is so flavorful with its incredible bearnaise sauce. The Crabcakes are the best I have ever tasted. And, don't miss out on ordering a side of the Macaroni and Cheese with Lardo and Truffle butter. It will melt in your mouth!

My only criticism is that I cannot understand how a restaurant with a chef of such high caliber insists on condoning the use of Foie Gras! (Even West Hollywood passed a resolution to ban its use.) I am asking Chef Julian Alonzo to please take a stand against this cruel menu item. It will only increase the integrity and "heart" of this otherwise, wonderful restaurant.

Pros: Professional, friendly service, ambiance, great food

Cons: The use of Foie Gras

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Frozen Banana Praline Souffle is reason enough to trek up to 57th Street, and if you need another, get the mac and cheese made with some sort of ham and truffle butter. Went to dinner there after a friend recommended we go there for the Filet Mignon. It's huge, the au poivre sauce was perfect, and the fries made my heart sing.
More importantly, the service was so attentive--- not stuffy either-- actually felt like they cared if we enjoyed our experience, which, simply, was refreshing.
Oh, and the other cool thing--- they're doing 25% off all their wine bottles. I believe until March. We were able to try some wines we would otherwise not have to opportunity to enjoy.

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★★★★★

Frozen Banana Praline Souffle is reason enough to trek up to 57th Street, and if you need another, get the mac and cheese made with some sort of ham and truffle butter. Went to dinner there after a friend recommended we go there for the Filet Mignon. It's huge, the au poivre sauce was perfect, and the fries made my heart sing.
More importantly, the service was so attentive--- not stuffy either-- actually felt like they cared if we enjoyed our experience, which, simply, was refreshing.
Oh, and the other cool thing--- they're doing 25% off all their wine bottles. I believe until March. We were able to try some wines we would otherwise not have to opportunity to enjoy.

Pros: service, macaroni, banana souffle, lounge/bar area

Cons: Hard to find

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Not an upscale restaurant in any way other than price. The staff is professional if a bit slow. Food quality is fine but if I'm spending $20 for a burger, it should be fantastic (which it was not). Same goes for $29 crab cakes served without any sides at all, other than wilted garnish. Spend a few extra dollars and treat yourself to Nobu 57 across the street or Shelley's a few doors down - the food is a far better value.

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★★★☆☆

Not an upscale restaurant in any way other than price. The staff is professional if a bit slow. Food quality is fine but if I'm spending $20 for a burger, it should be fantastic (which it was not). Same goes for $29 crab cakes served without any sides at all, other than wilted garnish. Spend a few extra dollars and treat yourself to Nobu 57 across the street or Shelley's a few doors down - the food is a far better value.

Pros: service, location

Cons: overpriced mediocre food

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I recently went to Brasserie 812 and had a great time. There is long spiral staircase leading down to the restaurant that sparks your imagination and raises your expectations. The Dining room is beautiful and modern and were taken to a glass lined booth without a wait. Our waiter Grahm was very warm and enthusiastic and described the specials as well as his favorite dishes. We had the "cat's ear pasta" with escargot and it was wonderfull. We then had a generous filet mignon and wild duck breast. They were both very tasty and larger than I expected. Lastly we had coffee and a recommended dessert. It was a take on the ring ding called the ring ding dome and alone was worth the visit. The staff was very friendly and not at all stuffy. It really is a beautifull place. The service is good and there were a lot of dishes you won't find elsewhere. We will be back.

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★★★★★

I recently went to Brasserie 812 and had a great time. There is long spiral staircase leading down to the restaurant that sparks your imagination and raises your expectations. The Dining room is beautiful and modern and were taken to a glass lined booth without a wait. Our waiter Grahm was very warm and enthusiastic and described the specials as well as his favorite dishes. We had the "cat's ear pasta" with escargot and it was wonderfull. We then had a generous filet mignon and wild duck breast. They were both very tasty and larger than I expected. Lastly we had coffee and a recommended dessert. It was a take on the ring ding called the ring ding dome and alone was worth the visit. The staff was very friendly and not at all stuffy. It really is a beautifull place. The service is good and there were a lot of dishes you won't find elsewhere. We will be back.

Pros: Interesting menu, attentive service, beautiful dining room

Cons: Hard to find, look for the big orange 9

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My husband and I came to New York over the Holidays. On our wedding anniversary we decided to go to Brasserie 8 1/2 it was a disappointment we had gotten there a half hour early so we could sit in the lounge to have a pre dinner drink they had just opened so there were not many people it took 15min to be served. We were then seated at our table at our time. The meal was so so not what I had hoped for since I thought I was eating a what I thought up scale restaurant much to our surprise it was not. I had went to the ladies room an hour after they had opened and to my surprise there were four stalls and only two equipped with toilet tissue and the waste basket was over full, now they had only been open for an hour at that time there really was no call for that. The best part of my 30th anniversary I was with the one I Love and maybe next year we will find an up scale resaurant that is. I think I could of done better if I would of stayed in Pa.

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★★☆☆☆

My husband and I came to New York over the Holidays. On our wedding anniversary we decided to go to Brasserie 8 1/2 it was a disappointment we had gotten there a half hour early so we could sit in the lounge to have a pre dinner drink they had just opened so there were not many people it took 15min to be served. We were then seated at our table at our time. The meal was so so not what I had hoped for since I thought I was eating a what I thought up scale restaurant much to our surprise it was not. I had went to the ladies room an hour after they had opened and to my surprise there were four stalls and only two equipped with toilet tissue and the waste basket was over full, now they had only been open for an hour at that time there really was no call for that. The best part of my 30th anniversary I was with the one I Love and maybe next year we will find an up scale resaurant that is. I think I could of done better if I would of stayed in Pa.

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I went and had the restaurant week menu at this swank, well-appointed American French midtown place for borderline trying-too-hard-to-be-classy-cool diners either trying to impress hot dates who are probably out of their league, or going with friends using their daddies' Amex cards, or bored business men at the tail end of their midlife crisis, or Lawrence Fishburne who happened to be at an adjacent table. Although this certainly isn't my type of place, I have to admit the food tastes good. There was the simple crabmeat salad on brioche toast which was not really all that interesting but ultimately effective as an appetizer, whetting the appetite and generating curious anticipation for the next course. The lobster risotto was near flawless. Creamy, perfectly textured, and flavored in smile-inducing fashion. The grilled quail was rather pedestrian but satisfactorily flavored as to provide a pleasant bone sucking experience. Medallions of duck was slightly overcooked but I enjoyed how it was paired with duck confit to create variety of flavor and texture using the same protein on one dish. The crusted sea bass was cooked well and left moist with well-complementing sides (asparagus and mashed potatoes). And although I'm not big on sweets, I thoroughly enjoyed my peach shortcake. It sounds like a lot of food, but we were served very small portions and 3 courses each (I shared some of the dishes with my friend). The dishes weren't on the regular menu, but from this tasting, I feel like I can say the kitchen is comprised of extremely competent cooks who know how to execute a good plate of food. However, after scanning the regular menu which failed to impress in relation to the pricing and spending 60 a person including wine, tax, and tip for a half-filled stomach, I left feeling that this is just another "I Wanna Be Trendy, Modern and Overpriced" superficial New American / French joint which has wasted a talented kitchen crew in trying to be too cool.

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★★★☆☆

I went and had the restaurant week menu at this swank, well-appointed American French midtown place for borderline trying-too-hard-to-be-classy-cool diners either trying to impress hot dates who are probably out of their league, or going with friends using their daddies' Amex cards, or bored business men at the tail end of their midlife crisis, or Lawrence Fishburne who happened to be at an adjacent table. Although this certainly isn't my type of place, I have to admit the food tastes good. There was the simple crabmeat salad on brioche toast which was not really all that interesting but ultimately effective as an appetizer, whetting the appetite and generating curious anticipation for the next course. The lobster risotto was near flawless. Creamy, perfectly textured, and flavored in smile-inducing fashion. The grilled quail was rather pedestrian but satisfactorily flavored as to provide a pleasant bone sucking experience. Medallions of duck was slightly overcooked but I enjoyed how it was paired with duck confit to create variety of flavor and texture using the same protein on one dish. The crusted sea bass was cooked well and left moist with well-complementing sides (asparagus and mashed potatoes). And although I'm not big on sweets, I thoroughly enjoyed my peach shortcake. It sounds like a lot of food, but we were served very small portions and 3 courses each (I shared some of the dishes with my friend). The dishes weren't on the regular menu, but from this tasting, I feel like I can say the kitchen is comprised of extremely competent cooks who know how to execute a good plate of food. However, after scanning the regular menu which failed to impress in relation to the pricing and spending 60 a person including wine, tax, and tip for a half-filled stomach, I left feeling that this is just another "I Wanna Be Trendy, Modern and Overpriced" superficial New American / French joint which has wasted a talented kitchen crew in trying to be too cool.

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My boyfriend and I went Brasserie 81/2 for the first time to celebrate Easter. It was $55 per person, not including coffee, about double of what they charge for regular Sunday Bruch. This menu was two pages long and sounded unbelievable with a crepe station, smoothie station, carving station etc, we were expecting rooms filled with mouthwatering traditional spin-offs.
Our reservation was at 1pm and upon arrival noticed that this was probably the busiest time slot out of the 11am-3pm seatings. No big deal.
The man who checked our reservation and asked us to wait two minutes before, then told the host to seat us (my last name), pointing to another party. I heard this and quickly told him we were the appropriate party but the other couple had already sat down. We waited another ten minutes and then were seated near the buffet.
There was no smoothie station; instead, 10-12 unmarked glasses were carried on a tray out of the kitchen at a time, across the dining room and to the buffet table. There was no crepe station, instead a pan of decent pancakes with powdered sugar and blueberries. I understand not serving what isn't is season, but not including whole stations seems like false advertising.
The carving station served up average turkey, tasteless ahi and so-so beef. The Eggs Benedict tasted decent but was cold on top and burnt on the bottom. The bacon was crisp and delicious. The vegetables were soggy while most of the fruit was in season and fresh. The shrimp and smoked salmon were good. There were some lunch fair items such as a steak taco salad, Sheppard?s pie and mussels in marinara that were tasty.
The dessert station was well stocked when we visiting and all the pastries we had were pretty good.
I think the whole experience would?ve been more enjoyable had they not overbooked and posted an unrealistically lavish menu with a disclaimer in small indicating that the menu may change when it was pretty clear that they knew it would.

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★★★☆☆

My boyfriend and I went Brasserie 81/2 for the first time to celebrate Easter. It was $55 per person, not including coffee, about double of what they charge for regular Sunday Bruch. This menu was two pages long and sounded unbelievable with a crepe station, smoothie station, carving station etc, we were expecting rooms filled with mouthwatering traditional spin-offs.
Our reservation was at 1pm and upon arrival noticed that this was probably the busiest time slot out of the 11am-3pm seatings. No big deal.
The man who checked our reservation and asked us to wait two minutes before, then told the host to seat us (my last name), pointing to another party. I heard this and quickly told him we were the appropriate party but the other couple had already sat down. We waited another ten minutes and then were seated near the buffet.
There was no smoothie station; instead, 10-12 unmarked glasses were carried on a tray out of the kitchen at a time, across the dining room and to the buffet table. There was no crepe station, instead a pan of decent pancakes with powdered sugar and blueberries. I understand not serving what isn't is season, but not including whole stations seems like false advertising.
The carving station served up average turkey, tasteless ahi and so-so beef. The Eggs Benedict tasted decent but was cold on top and burnt on the bottom. The bacon was crisp and delicious. The vegetables were soggy while most of the fruit was in season and fresh. The shrimp and smoked salmon were good. There were some lunch fair items such as a steak taco salad, Sheppard?s pie and mussels in marinara that were tasty.
The dessert station was well stocked when we visiting and all the pastries we had were pretty good.
I think the whole experience would?ve been more enjoyable had they not overbooked and posted an unrealistically lavish menu with a disclaimer in small indicating that the menu may change when it was pretty clear that they knew it would.

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: Food not worth the price

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my wife & I went for dinner on Valentine the food was wonderful we had the $75.00 pre-fixe, not bad considering what others are charging more. we ordered the Vermont Rabbit duo & the Salad of frisee duck confit for appetizers & the Bay Scallops,& the Short Ribs For main course.The food was very well presented & a lot of flavours. The dessert were amazing! we had the warm chocolate & the Pyramid Passion. The service was outstanding .The wine was very well priced & we got a 25% discount on a promotion that the restaurant was running.We enjoyed the decor as My wife & I love Matisse & the Leger Art ,kind of very unique in NYC.The restaurant had all the tables decorated with flowers,candles, & live Jazz music playing around the tables.What a wonderful place to enjoy food & wine on Valentine dinner

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★★★★★

my wife & I went for dinner on Valentine the food was wonderful we had the $75.00 pre-fixe, not bad considering what others are charging more. we ordered the Vermont Rabbit duo & the Salad of frisee duck confit for appetizers & the Bay Scallops,& the Short Ribs For main course.The food was very well presented & a lot of flavours. The dessert were amazing! we had the warm chocolate & the Pyramid Passion. The service was outstanding .The wine was very well priced & we got a 25% discount on a promotion that the restaurant was running.We enjoyed the decor as My wife & I love Matisse & the Leger Art ,kind of very unique in NYC.The restaurant had all the tables decorated with flowers,candles, & live Jazz music playing around the tables.What a wonderful place to enjoy food & wine on Valentine dinner

Pros: Service, Food, Ambiance

Cons: Parking

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Not at all what I expected. The waiter described a scallop special and when my plate arrived, I was presented with a poorly designed plate of tiny and cold scallops (no more than 1.2" in diameter). You know, the ones you get in your chinese take out? Those. The waiter was nice enough to replace the cold entree with a fresh and hot one, but the barely passable flavor couldn't make up for the initial disappointment. The reservation was for 8pm and there were no more than 6 tables with clients on a >5000sqf floor. I would not go back there, and won't recommend it to others. There are plenty of other places that actually deliver for the prices they charge.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not at all what I expected. The waiter described a scallop special and when my plate arrived, I was presented with a poorly designed plate of tiny and cold scallops (no more than 1.2" in diameter). You know, the ones you get in your chinese take out? Those. The waiter was nice enough to replace the cold entree with a fresh and hot one, but the barely passable flavor couldn't make up for the initial disappointment. The reservation was for 8pm and there were no more than 6 tables with clients on a >5000sqf floor. I would not go back there, and won't recommend it to others. There are plenty of other places that actually deliver for the prices they charge.

Pros: location, staff

Cons: food

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We went for Valentine's dinner and were very disappointed. The place was almost empty in prime dining hours 8-10. The food was tiny and nothing special or imaginative. The duck confit salad was an especially big joke- a mound of greens and you could barely find the duck. The service was prompt, but that was about the only good thing I can say. We ended up paying $200 for the worst fine dining experience I've ever had.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We went for Valentine's dinner and were very disappointed. The place was almost empty in prime dining hours 8-10. The food was tiny and nothing special or imaginative. The duck confit salad was an especially big joke- a mound of greens and you could barely find the duck. The service was prompt, but that was about the only good thing I can say. We ended up paying $200 for the worst fine dining experience I've ever had.

Pros: service

Cons: food!!!

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I had a lunch here with a co-worker. I knew going in that it was going to be pricey (it IS midtown after all) but we were both underwhelmed by the fare. Originally we were going to do the prix fixe lunch but it was tough to find two appetizing things across the three courses offered. We opted for appetizers and sandwiches. The soup and salad were tasty enough but the sandwiches were of the big and sloppy variety. Way too tall to fit in our mouths and the ingredients were sliding out and making a mess. And they weren't even that tasty. What's the point of 6" tall burger with a 1/2 pound of unseasoned meat? I realize this is not the kind of food t they probably focus on but if you're a high end restaurant and this is on your menu than you'd better make sure you nail it! As a result of this meal I canceled the Valentine's Day reservation that I had with them. $130 for soup, salad, beer, wine, and two bland sandwiches that would've been done better at Connolley's or Rue 57 is just ridiculous. Shrug, but that's "high end" midtown for ya. Service was good though and the place is really pretty.

1
★★☆☆☆

I had a lunch here with a co-worker. I knew going in that it was going to be pricey (it IS midtown after all) but we were both underwhelmed by the fare. Originally we were going to do the prix fixe lunch but it was tough to find two appetizing things across the three courses offered. We opted for appetizers and sandwiches. The soup and salad were tasty enough but the sandwiches were of the big and sloppy variety. Way too tall to fit in our mouths and the ingredients were sliding out and making a mess. And they weren't even that tasty. What's the point of 6" tall burger with a 1/2 pound of unseasoned meat? I realize this is not the kind of food t they probably focus on but if you're a high end restaurant and this is on your menu than you'd better make sure you nail it! As a result of this meal I canceled the Valentine's Day reservation that I had with them. $130 for soup, salad, beer, wine, and two bland sandwiches that would've been done better at Connolley's or Rue 57 is just ridiculous. Shrug, but that's "high end" midtown for ya. Service was good though and the place is really pretty.

Pros: Ambience, Service

Cons: Food

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Only having been here for drinks and brunch that's all I can comment on. Brunch here is an upscale spread of breakfast goodies that include 1 drink. A little higher priced than what I'm used to but well worth it. Drinks here are great, bartenders are nice and friendly. The space itself is really gorgeous and airy, almost as if you were in some beautiful transparent bubble. A must try if you'r ein the area.

2
★★★★☆

Only having been here for drinks and brunch that's all I can comment on. Brunch here is an upscale spread of breakfast goodies that include 1 drink. A little higher priced than what I'm used to but well worth it. Drinks here are great, bartenders are nice and friendly. The space itself is really gorgeous and airy, almost as if you were in some beautiful transparent bubble. A must try if you'r ein the area.

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Was in for the brunch buffet last weekend and had a great time. Our hotel concierge recommended Brasserie 8 1/2 to us and they had quite an amazing spread including an omelet, waffle and crepe station, carvery, and smoked salmon. The entire bar was crammed with desserts and pastries. Needed to use the elevator to exit since we were so stuffed.

Thanks Brasserie 8 1/2--We'll be back!!!

---Angela

2
★★★★☆

Was in for the brunch buffet last weekend and had a great time. Our hotel concierge recommended Brasserie 8 1/2 to us and they had quite an amazing spread including an omelet, waffle and crepe station, carvery, and smoked salmon. The entire bar was crammed with desserts and pastries. Needed to use the elevator to exit since we were so stuffed.

Thanks Brasserie 8 1/2--We'll be back!!!

---Angela

Pros: Great food and service

Cons: Hard to find

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This place used to be great. My last brunch was so bad we hardly ate. It was more like Denny's - soggy food, tasteless desserts. And the other night we went for dinner and were only 1 of two tables occupied. Too bad but there's too much competition in the hood to go back

1
★★☆☆☆

This place used to be great. My last brunch was so bad we hardly ate. It was more like Denny's - soggy food, tasteless desserts. And the other night we went for dinner and were only 1 of two tables occupied. Too bad but there's too much competition in the hood to go back

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Last night's trip to Brasserie, was damn near the absolute worst dining experience I can recollect, and that's saying something since I eat out in NY at least twice a week.

What could possibly be so bad, you may be wondering. Allow me to elaborate

Every year, NYC has restaurant week. This is effectively a way for people to try new restaurants they wouldn't normally try, or possibly couldn't afford. So anyway, it was my girlfreind's birthday yesterday, and she picked this place to be our dinner spot. Hey it's her day, whatever she wants. Apparently Brasserie was featured on the Cooking Channel a while back, and it looked good to her. How misleading that show must have been.

We get there, and were greeted at the front door, by a woman at a computer terminal. Immediately though we can hear a major raucous laughter coming from down below us. We look down and there's the bar, jam packed with people drinking like there's no tomorrow, and talking like they're all deaf. Ok whatever, not the end of the world. The hostess sends us to another hostess station located behind the mass crowd of people at the bar. Yes that's right, we had to walk through everyone to get to the dining area.

After three people are told our party name, they finally seat us. The waiter approaches and takes our order fairly rapidly. They had a separate listing for the restaurant week 3 course dinners. The choices were OK, nothing special, but they seemed mildly appetizing. For the appetizer I had the Duck, Duck, Duck -- which was the biggest joke I've ever seen. The three duck strips were so small, you could barely see them. Like paper thin almost, and the dish had no taste at all.

The next course was a hanger steak,and it was more of the same. Super small portion and tasted worse then something you order at a diner for $10. The dessert wasn't good either.

The overall bill was $87 with tip. What a freaking rip off. Never go there. Never.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Last night's trip to Brasserie, was damn near the absolute worst dining experience I can recollect, and that's saying something since I eat out in NY at least twice a week.

What could possibly be so bad, you may be wondering. Allow me to elaborate

Every year, NYC has restaurant week. This is effectively a way for people to try new restaurants they wouldn't normally try, or possibly couldn't afford. So anyway, it was my girlfreind's birthday yesterday, and she picked this place to be our dinner spot. Hey it's her day, whatever she wants. Apparently Brasserie was featured on the Cooking Channel a while back, and it looked good to her. How misleading that show must have been.

We get there, and were greeted at the front door, by a woman at a computer terminal. Immediately though we can hear a major raucous laughter coming from down below us. We look down and there's the bar, jam packed with people drinking like there's no tomorrow, and talking like they're all deaf. Ok whatever, not the end of the world. The hostess sends us to another hostess station located behind the mass crowd of people at the bar. Yes that's right, we had to walk through everyone to get to the dining area.

After three people are told our party name, they finally seat us. The waiter approaches and takes our order fairly rapidly. They had a separate listing for the restaurant week 3 course dinners. The choices were OK, nothing special, but they seemed mildly appetizing. For the appetizer I had the Duck, Duck, Duck -- which was the biggest joke I've ever seen. The three duck strips were so small, you could barely see them. Like paper thin almost, and the dish had no taste at all.

The next course was a hanger steak,and it was more of the same. Super small portion and tasted worse then something you order at a diner for $10. The dessert wasn't good either.

The overall bill was $87 with tip. What a freaking rip off. Never go there. Never.

Pros: None

Cons: Bad service, worse food, Noisy as can be.

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While the rainboq-esque backdrop to the bar is beautiful and the drinks tasty ... the rude bartender who always seems to be far more interested in text messaging then pleasaing his patrons, is a major turn off. (I realize that most of us in this city are addicted to our blackberrys and cell phones, but while you are at work your job is to service others!) The food is 'fine'. The foie gras in my opinion is the best thing on the menu. 8 1/2's general crowd consists of those of us holed up in the building (especially Banc of America employees) and isn't worth the stop in otherwise. If it weren't for drinks with clients I most likely would have only spent my time and money there once. and that is too bad because it's location and decor could lend itself to something great.

1
★★☆☆☆

While the rainboq-esque backdrop to the bar is beautiful and the drinks tasty ... the rude bartender who always seems to be far more interested in text messaging then pleasaing his patrons, is a major turn off. (I realize that most of us in this city are addicted to our blackberrys and cell phones, but while you are at work your job is to service others!) The food is 'fine'. The foie gras in my opinion is the best thing on the menu. 8 1/2's general crowd consists of those of us holed up in the building (especially Banc of America employees) and isn't worth the stop in otherwise. If it weren't for drinks with clients I most likely would have only spent my time and money there once. and that is too bad because it's location and decor could lend itself to something great.

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The staircase really was not as awe-inspiring as I had thought it would be. I wanted to show my appreciation to my spouse for being such a great father on Father's Day so I took him to this restaurant. The staff was great with my 18-month-old son. The food was beautiful and delicious. My spouse loved the foie gras - we were pratically fighting for the last remnants of it. The mushroom was great too - my son was gobbling that up as if they were French Fries... which was a nice side. The duck was yummy as was their tuna/salmon combo - that was definitely very interesting. The sad part was that we didn't bring a camera to take a picture of the beautiful presentation... next time =)

2
★★★★☆

The staircase really was not as awe-inspiring as I had thought it would be. I wanted to show my appreciation to my spouse for being such a great father on Father's Day so I took him to this restaurant. The staff was great with my 18-month-old son. The food was beautiful and delicious. My spouse loved the foie gras - we were pratically fighting for the last remnants of it. The mushroom was great too - my son was gobbling that up as if they were French Fries... which was a nice side. The duck was yummy as was their tuna/salmon combo - that was definitely very interesting. The sad part was that we didn't bring a camera to take a picture of the beautiful presentation... next time =)

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We had the most amazing experience last Sunday Brunch at Brasserie 8 1/2.
It was our husband's mother's 80th Birthday. We had 8 guests and 2 children. We got a nice big round table in the back. The atmosphere was relaxed, and it didn't matter that some people arrived late. We were seated and proceeded to the lovely buffet (a little on the smallish size, but they had everything and of good fresh quality). But when we got to the dessert table... it was out of this world special. Then the cake came out (we special ordered it) and it was beautiful with sculpted white and dark chocolate. Like a work of art. What a "WOW" factor. Everyone loved it, and had a great time. The staff was very attentive, and made this a very special 80th Birthday Party.

2
★★★★★

We had the most amazing experience last Sunday Brunch at Brasserie 8 1/2.
It was our husband's mother's 80th Birthday. We had 8 guests and 2 children. We got a nice big round table in the back. The atmosphere was relaxed, and it didn't matter that some people arrived late. We were seated and proceeded to the lovely buffet (a little on the smallish size, but they had everything and of good fresh quality). But when we got to the dessert table... it was out of this world special. Then the cake came out (we special ordered it) and it was beautiful with sculpted white and dark chocolate. Like a work of art. What a "WOW" factor. Everyone loved it, and had a great time. The staff was very attentive, and made this a very special 80th Birthday Party.

Pros: Special Order Cake, Desserts, service,

Cons: None

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My Boyfriend took me here for Valentine's Day (The day after because I was stranded due to the storm) and it was wonderful. Our waitress was wonderful and made good recommendations. I had the aged steak and loved it! The chocolate cake for dessert was wonderful!

1
★★★☆☆

My Boyfriend took me here for Valentine's Day (The day after because I was stranded due to the storm) and it was wonderful. Our waitress was wonderful and made good recommendations. I had the aged steak and loved it! The chocolate cake for dessert was wonderful!

Pros: Cool Bar, great waitress, good food!

Cons: expensive

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As you walk down *THE* staircase, one can't help but get the feeling that the restaurant is announcing your arrival...people who are already in the middle of dinner will get the inclination to look up to see who's arrived...that's the feeling I got because I noticed myself looking up towards the stairs just about whenever there was a change in the brightness by the stairs (staircase leads to the well-lit lounge area).

For the appetizer, we both had the scallop ceviche. I had no idea it would be raw scallop. I never had raw seafood in my life so I was worried about my stomach turning inside-out...it didn't, but we both felt it was too salty.

For the wine, we had a bottle of Pinot Noir.

Had the Slow-Cooked Wild King Salmon (prepared with pearl barley risotto, brussel sprouts, and bacon)...I?ve never thought of salmon as something very flavorful, and having it cooked medium-rare / well, I couldn?t expect something groundbreaking, so I wasn?t disappointed.

For dessert, we both had the vanilla creme caramel. We both broke the "spoons" (we didn?t realize that the spoons were part of the dessert and were probably made with sugar)...served with raspberries, this made for a nice, sweet ending.

Decorwise, this place definitely impressed and deserves more visits in the future.

2
★★★★☆

As you walk down *THE* staircase, one can't help but get the feeling that the restaurant is announcing your arrival...people who are already in the middle of dinner will get the inclination to look up to see who's arrived...that's the feeling I got because I noticed myself looking up towards the stairs just about whenever there was a change in the brightness by the stairs (staircase leads to the well-lit lounge area).

For the appetizer, we both had the scallop ceviche. I had no idea it would be raw scallop. I never had raw seafood in my life so I was worried about my stomach turning inside-out...it didn't, but we both felt it was too salty.

For the wine, we had a bottle of Pinot Noir.

Had the Slow-Cooked Wild King Salmon (prepared with pearl barley risotto, brussel sprouts, and bacon)...I?ve never thought of salmon as something very flavorful, and having it cooked medium-rare / well, I couldn?t expect something groundbreaking, so I wasn?t disappointed.

For dessert, we both had the vanilla creme caramel. We both broke the "spoons" (we didn?t realize that the spoons were part of the dessert and were probably made with sugar)...served with raspberries, this made for a nice, sweet ending.

Decorwise, this place definitely impressed and deserves more visits in the future.

Pros: Impressive decor. Spacious.

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I went here last year for restaurant week & the menu wasn't the most appealing. The food was mediocre, I've tasted much better at less pricey places. The atmosphere was decent. I didn't even realize that was the staircase from SATC, but to be honest, it's not as great in person. I don't think I would come eat here again.

1
★★★☆☆

I went here last year for restaurant week & the menu wasn't the most appealing. The food was mediocre, I've tasted much better at less pricey places. The atmosphere was decent. I didn't even realize that was the staircase from SATC, but to be honest, it's not as great in person. I don't think I would come eat here again.

Cons: Mediocre food

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Just went for Restaurant week. Was seated promptly. The staircase sounds better than the actual experience. The service was good, but the menu was a little off. I loved my scallop ceviche, but then came the entree. Skate with lentils? Salmon with shitake mushroom foam? Don't get me wrong, the fish was well cooked, delicious, I just didn't appreciate the combinations, they seem to fit together. Dessert I had the vanilla creme, and my friend had the chocolate cupcakes. Mine was pretty good, but she said hers tasted like a hostess cupcake.

It's a place to go if you want to go for the scene, but definitely not a place I'd go again. Barely worth it, and I went for Restaurant Week, can't imagine if I had paid for those separately.

1
★★★☆☆

Just went for Restaurant week. Was seated promptly. The staircase sounds better than the actual experience. The service was good, but the menu was a little off. I loved my scallop ceviche, but then came the entree. Skate with lentils? Salmon with shitake mushroom foam? Don't get me wrong, the fish was well cooked, delicious, I just didn't appreciate the combinations, they seem to fit together. Dessert I had the vanilla creme, and my friend had the chocolate cupcakes. Mine was pretty good, but she said hers tasted like a hostess cupcake.

It's a place to go if you want to go for the scene, but definitely not a place I'd go again. Barely worth it, and I went for Restaurant Week, can't imagine if I had paid for those separately.

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I have had their sunday brunch at least 5 times and must say its one of the best bargains in nyc. Nice selection of hot and cold dishes, salads and desserts. They even have crispy creme dounuts to pick from and it includes a mimosa or bloody mary. Their dinner service is quite nice too

2
★★★★☆

I have had their sunday brunch at least 5 times and must say its one of the best bargains in nyc. Nice selection of hot and cold dishes, salads and desserts. They even have crispy creme dounuts to pick from and it includes a mimosa or bloody mary. Their dinner service is quite nice too

Pros: they really go out of their way to please you

Cons: cant really think of anything negative to say about this place

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I wasn't in love with the food here or the service. It was fine, but nothing amazing. Wouldn't go back.

1
★★★☆☆

I wasn't in love with the food here or the service. It was fine, but nothing amazing. Wouldn't go back.

Pros: Location

Cons: Very average

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The majority of people who gave this restaurant an EXCELLENT review also gave "Excellent reviews" to all of the establishments that are part of RESTAURANT ASSOCIATES...Just look at the Profiles of the reviewers and look at the other restaurants they have reviewed...Its all a scam...I have eaten at the majority of these restaurants and please....How good can they be if they are willing to take $50 off your check for your birthday? Sub-Par at food at best at all of these establishments...What a joke.

2
★★★★☆

The majority of people who gave this restaurant an EXCELLENT review also gave "Excellent reviews" to all of the establishments that are part of RESTAURANT ASSOCIATES...Just look at the Profiles of the reviewers and look at the other restaurants they have reviewed...Its all a scam...I have eaten at the majority of these restaurants and please....How good can they be if they are willing to take $50 off your check for your birthday? Sub-Par at food at best at all of these establishments...What a joke.

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This is a fine place to eat. It has your standard set of upscale foods (e.g. sweetbreads) that taste great and cost a pretty penny. It also has upscale trappings, such as great service and complimentary shots of warm soup.

All this being said, this is definitely a business establishment. From what I can tell, it's mostly populated by people from Banc of America just getting out of work, or perhaps entertaining clients. I wouldn't come here expecting to have a great date.

2
★★★★★

This is a fine place to eat. It has your standard set of upscale foods (e.g. sweetbreads) that taste great and cost a pretty penny. It also has upscale trappings, such as great service and complimentary shots of warm soup.

All this being said, this is definitely a business establishment. From what I can tell, it's mostly populated by people from Banc of America just getting out of work, or perhaps entertaining clients. I wouldn't come here expecting to have a great date.

Pros: Good business site

Cons: Purely a business site

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Brasserie 8 1/2 is a NYC must. From its super-plush atmosphere to its innovative menu, Brasserie never fails to impress. The decor alone is worth a trip past the lipstick-rouge "9" sculpture and into the glass lobby. A descent down the sweeping stairway leads you to one of my favorite bars to grab a drink or impress a date. Glass murals, leather seats, frosted mirrors - the details are what makes this place outstanding. The new fall dinner menu is impressive. And don't forget to order dessert!

2
★★★★★

Brasserie 8 1/2 is a NYC must. From its super-plush atmosphere to its innovative menu, Brasserie never fails to impress. The decor alone is worth a trip past the lipstick-rouge "9" sculpture and into the glass lobby. A descent down the sweeping stairway leads you to one of my favorite bars to grab a drink or impress a date. Glass murals, leather seats, frosted mirrors - the details are what makes this place outstanding. The new fall dinner menu is impressive. And don't forget to order dessert!

Pros: Breathtaking, Delicious

Cons: There's only one!

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terrible service thw worst that |I have ever received anywhere in the world especially from the manager VERY VERY RUDE AND ARROGANT DONT GO THERE !!!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

terrible service thw worst that |I have ever received anywhere in the world especially from the manager VERY VERY RUDE AND ARROGANT DONT GO THERE !!!!!!!!

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Brasserie 8 1/2 achieves has a modern design, world-class cuisine and a relaxed, super-plush atmosphere. The lamb is always cooked to perfection and the trufle polenta with wild mushrooms is unbelievable! I love that there is a private dining room adjacent to the lounge for exclusive gatherings of up to 40 guests. This is one of my favorite places in town and I highly recommend it!

2
★★★★★

Brasserie 8 1/2 achieves has a modern design, world-class cuisine and a relaxed, super-plush atmosphere. The lamb is always cooked to perfection and the trufle polenta with wild mushrooms is unbelievable! I love that there is a private dining room adjacent to the lounge for exclusive gatherings of up to 40 guests. This is one of my favorite places in town and I highly recommend it!

Pros: Great Decor

Cons: None

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i felt like i was in an episode of "i dream of genie"-- what a beautiful staircase. and the food is even better! this is what french cuisine should be-- rich, savory and inventive. this food can only come from a chef who is well-travled. you can really tell the food is cared for. id definitely recommend going for an evening stroll through central park and then stopping by here for dinner.

2
★★★★★

i felt like i was in an episode of "i dream of genie"-- what a beautiful staircase. and the food is even better! this is what french cuisine should be-- rich, savory and inventive. this food can only come from a chef who is well-travled. you can really tell the food is cared for. id definitely recommend going for an evening stroll through central park and then stopping by here for dinner.

Pros: great location-- right off the F train, close to Central Park

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I don't understand what all the hype is all about for this restaurant. I can think of so many other great restaurants in NYC with better decor and food. The menu was nothing special (I had to switch my entree choices several times because the server told me that the portion is really REALLY small!) The decor? Yeah the "grand" staircase is nice but that's about it...there was no "scene" or what so ever for 9:30 pm on a Friday. Perhaps, Sunday brunch might be a better choice, considering you can't screw up an omelette.

1
★★☆☆☆

I don't understand what all the hype is all about for this restaurant. I can think of so many other great restaurants in NYC with better decor and food. The menu was nothing special (I had to switch my entree choices several times because the server told me that the portion is really REALLY small!) The decor? Yeah the "grand" staircase is nice but that's about it...there was no "scene" or what so ever for 9:30 pm on a Friday. Perhaps, Sunday brunch might be a better choice, considering you can't screw up an omelette.

Pros: Service

Cons: Food, Ambience, Menu Selection

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I have passed this restaurant for years never realizing it was there. What a great restaurant, from the moment you enter to the time you leave you are taking care of. The food is creative, well presented incredible to the eye and the flavors are just out of this world. Service is professional without being over bearing The decor is georgous and has become one of my very favotite restaurants in New York.

2
★★★★★

I have passed this restaurant for years never realizing it was there. What a great restaurant, from the moment you enter to the time you leave you are taking care of. The food is creative, well presented incredible to the eye and the flavors are just out of this world. Service is professional without being over bearing The decor is georgous and has become one of my very favotite restaurants in New York.

Pros: private-spacious, romantic, great food and servic

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I think Brasserie 8 1/2 is midtown's best kept secret. From beginning to end this place is delightful. The chef sends out a little amuse buche to get you started then tickles your tastebuds with each course. Desserts are especially good here and worth coming for just on their own! It will leave you on a sugar high!

2
★★★★★

I think Brasserie 8 1/2 is midtown's best kept secret. From beginning to end this place is delightful. The chef sends out a little amuse buche to get you started then tickles your tastebuds with each course. Desserts are especially good here and worth coming for just on their own! It will leave you on a sugar high!

Pros: Great brunch, comfortable lounge

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First time dining here. Overall feel of place is upscale, and ever-so-slightly snotty. Decor/layout impressive. I went during Rest. Week, expecting quality of food prep for Rest. Week folks to be below usual standards due to the nature of the week. I must say however that in fact, the entire meal was sublime. Appetizer of ravioli stuffed with lamb, served with squash puree just melted in my mouth. Cod with potatoe/cod pancake was divine. Dessert of chocolate ice cream w/vanilla sauce also very good. Our waiter was very nice and professional though there were few times where he seemed to be MIA for quite a long time. I would definitely dine here again.

2
★★★★★

First time dining here. Overall feel of place is upscale, and ever-so-slightly snotty. Decor/layout impressive. I went during Rest. Week, expecting quality of food prep for Rest. Week folks to be below usual standards due to the nature of the week. I must say however that in fact, the entire meal was sublime. Appetizer of ravioli stuffed with lamb, served with squash puree just melted in my mouth. Cod with potatoe/cod pancake was divine. Dessert of chocolate ice cream w/vanilla sauce also very good. Our waiter was very nice and professional though there were few times where he seemed to be MIA for quite a long time. I would definitely dine here again.

Pros: food, nice after work bar

Cons: waiter sometimes MIA

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I frequented Brasserie 8 1/2 often a couple of years ago, when I worked in mid-town. This last visit, having not been there for a while, left me speechless and in awe. The food was just perfection. The most inventive flavor combinations and textures, and the most incredibly tender short ribs. My wife's salmon just melted in the mouth, likely the best salmon dish we have both ever had. Presentation was unbeatable too. True masterpieces that rival the best of the best in New York. You could see that there was so much thought and consideration that went into the dishes. Probably one of the best meals we've ever had, from start to finish. While the dining room may need some updating, we didn't complain when we sank into those booths after that scrumptious meal. Go for the tasting menu, which at $55 is a gem of a bargain!

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★★★★★

I frequented Brasserie 8 1/2 often a couple of years ago, when I worked in mid-town. This last visit, having not been there for a while, left me speechless and in awe. The food was just perfection. The most inventive flavor combinations and textures, and the most incredibly tender short ribs. My wife's salmon just melted in the mouth, likely the best salmon dish we have both ever had. Presentation was unbeatable too. True masterpieces that rival the best of the best in New York. You could see that there was so much thought and consideration that went into the dishes. Probably one of the best meals we've ever had, from start to finish. While the dining room may need some updating, we didn't complain when we sank into those booths after that scrumptious meal. Go for the tasting menu, which at $55 is a gem of a bargain!

Pros: Innovative creations, Great presentation

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I'd been to 8 1/2 at least 3 or 5 times. After my most recent experience, I would NEVER go back. 8pm reservation, place was half empty on a Saturday. After ordering and recieving drinks ($17 glasses of wine from a bottle I know retails for $22) the waiter "disappeared" for literally 15 minutes. We weren't in hurry, but didn't expect to wait so long to be served. A different waiter took our order. Eventually, Food was Good. $35 fillet mignon ordered medium came out well done, the first time. There are too many places in NYC better than this where dinner for 2 is less than $150 to ever go back to Brasserie 8 1/2. Much better even at Brasserie.

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★★★☆☆

I'd been to 8 1/2 at least 3 or 5 times. After my most recent experience, I would NEVER go back. 8pm reservation, place was half empty on a Saturday. After ordering and recieving drinks ($17 glasses of wine from a bottle I know retails for $22) the waiter "disappeared" for literally 15 minutes. We weren't in hurry, but didn't expect to wait so long to be served. A different waiter took our order. Eventually, Food was Good. $35 fillet mignon ordered medium came out well done, the first time. There are too many places in NYC better than this where dinner for 2 is less than $150 to ever go back to Brasserie 8 1/2. Much better even at Brasserie.

Pros: Quality of Food, Inviting Decor

Cons: Service, Overpriced

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On what has become a boulevard of chain stores and theme restaurants, Brasserie 81/2 is a welcome addition to 57th Street for its ambitious food and grown-up setting. Though the name conjures images of Felliniesque dreamscapes, it is an…

 

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