Brasserie Cognac

4.3
1690 reviews
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Restaurateurs Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato brought their love for French culture and cuisine to New York City by giving the Big Apple an authentic slice of France when they opened Brasserie Cognac de Monsieur Ballon in April 2008. Located in the theater district and frequented by celebrities, businessmen, locals and tourists, the setting is both exciting and charming. The Brasserie style menu offers French classics . Guests can choose to dine in the outdoor sidewalk café, casual original French bakery, classic main dining room, lively bar/lounge or the private Cognac Room as they enjoy meals complimented by 102 varieties of cognac and a gorgeous wine list including first-growth Bordeaux sold by the glass.
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambience, great service food good. Escargot a bit bland ...$25 hamburger average.

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OT
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a delicious dinner with great, professional service prior to going to a show at Studio 54. Highly recommended.

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

Very pleasant. Food was good (salad was slightly vinegary) and service friendly and attentive.

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AJ
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you're looking for a good meal any time of the day or night, this is the place to hit, savory, sweet, drinks or just coffee - you won't be disappointed.

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OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this place, sunrise through starlight, Monday

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c
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I would give Brasserie Cognac a definite 4 for the food (excellent steak frites, octopus salad); kudos to the chef! The maître d' was also a plus/very welcoming and accommodating. However, service was incredibly slow for no apparent reason; the place was less than half full. Our blonde waitress was pleasant but mainly absent. It took at least 20+ minutes to order drinks we finally had to flag her down. Items requested (e,g., extra sauce) either didn't show up or came so late they were no longer needed/ ate the food plain. We left after 1 hr the food is worth the wait. Otherwise, allow at least double the time normally spent over dinner. Having said that, the table next to us was served much faster. Maybe you just need to avoid the blonde.

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LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

fish was overcooked, wait service was spotty and they charged extra for anchovies on a caesar salad!

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MI
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I, from Long Island, generally eat here after a show at Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall. It has a wide variety of food that allows us to have a salad and soufflé or a full steak dinner. Their salads are always very fresh and easily large enough for 2 to share.French standards are very good; pate, mussels, etc. Tables are a bit small but we've never been surrounded by other parties. We will continue to patronize Brasserie Cognac.

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DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

like being in Paris. the food was excellent, the service was caring and careful. I will be back for pre-theater meals again and agani

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TB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is perfect for pre-theater. A very welcoming maître d', nice warm and attractive atmosphere, not noisy, appealing menu, good value.

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A
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good traditional parisian bistro

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KL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was just ok. Food was good, but not exceptional. We had reservation, but there was long line and no table available when we arrived. Service was slow and bit chaotic. We ordered from pre-theater menu and were charged a la cart. Even though we noted it was my birthday, nobody seem to notice. Overall, we won't go back. East side location is much better.

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VI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Convenient spot for meeting up with friends arriving from various locations. We arrived a bit early and with fewer people than the original reservation , but the staff welcomed and seated us with a smile. The food was delicious, with plenty of options for the prix fixe brunch menu. Our server was attentive, and we were able to chat and enjoy each other's company without feeling rushed! I'd return in a heartbeat, just to try the other menu items!

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d
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Cognac for nearly 10 years and it has never disappointed. Cannot say enough good things - once you've tried it, you will keep going back.

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j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The steak frite plate was delicious. Liked the salad with it. Good value. A lovely waitress.

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MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Filet mignon tartare is better at most other decent brasseries.

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j
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. Service was excellent. Ambience was relaxing although I imagine when place is full it might be noisy. A nice experience.

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H
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The cheese souffle is superb

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RS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around lovely restaurant — attractive ambience, terrific service, kind and understanding host at the welcome lecturn ,and best of all, delicious food. We had a small family reunion and could not have found a better restaurant in which to enjoy being together.

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NS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Brasserie Cognac was a wonderful find near Carnegie Hall. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. It was not absurdly expensive. The Price Fix was a boon to those of us on a budget. We sat in the front so I cannot speak to the level of noise within. We could carry on a conversation without straining. The only negative was the kitchen was quite slow and we had to run for our 8 pm performance even though we were seated at 6. Perhaps that is our New York sensibilities. Next time we will simply give ourselves another half hour, French style.

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We arrived on time for our 8pm reservation. We ordered Onion Soup, Steak Pomm Frites and Hamburgers. The soup was cold and salty, the Pomm Frites were soggy and the service was slow even though there were plenty empty seats. Go at your own risk

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EH
New York Area
186 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Very disappointing. Food was fine but service was non-existent. We sat in the middle of the room, but no one seemed to see us. We had to ask for water - more than once. We saw the waiter exactly once. At the end of the meal, we had to ask for dessert menus - we had a Birthday among us. Although the food was fine, the service was so bad, I would not return.

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NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Despite making a 10:45am reservation without issue, we were informed upon arriving that the kitchen closes from 11:00 to 11:30am and if we wanted to order we had to do so immediately or else wait and order from a different menu, or eat elsewhere. Such a shame since I am local who has come here often over the decades and had recommended meeting here to my two out of town friends. We had several mimosas and coffee and decided to eat elsewhere.
We do not feel it is the server’s fault (we made sure to compensate with 25% gratuity even though just drinks), however, the restaurant either needs to publish the closure on their website and/or OpenTable if this indeed is their establishment’s policy.

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

They moved the theater crowd in and out in a friendly, organized manner that did not seem too rushed.

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b
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host told me that this restaurant was opened 11 years ago. Why hasn't anyone told me about this gem? A friend told me that she was having dinner there with 3 of her friends so I looked it up online and it sounded good enough for me to try it. It is a very comfortable French restaurant that is not in the least pretentious (if that has made you stay away from French restaurants in the past). Because I was alone and I was going to a show where I had to pick up my ticket at least 30 minutes before curtain time, I decided on no wine or cocktails nor anything elaborate. The menu was indeed enticing and varied but I chose the pre-theater prix fix menu for $30 which included an appetizer, an entrée and either cappuccino, espresso or coffee. My appetizer was a delicious large bowl of onion soup...very authentically French. My entrée a well seasoned medium rare burger with fries (but a large salad in place of the fries). And I loved the Cappuccino. The waiter was accommodating, friendly and nice. I would highly recommend this restaurant and plan to take my wife at my next visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING food and AMAZING service! Put this restaurant on your bucket list if you are visiting NYC!

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LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Overall it seems like a nice place and the food was fine but I had called in advance to confirm that something could be ordered for a friend I was taking to lunch with dietary restrictions. They promised me it would be available, and when we ordered they said it couldn't be done. And then they denied getting my phone call -- basically denying responsibility for their mistake. Then when we ordered as best we could and asked for a steamed vegetable, they brought sauteed in a very wet sauce. (We had said steamed no sauce.) They kept saying they could help us around any food issues but then they totally ignored what we ordered. I was embarrassed at having brought someone there and not getting what we needed and having management challenge the truth of what I was saying. So it was a thoroughly unpleasant situation.

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C
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Brasserie Cognac has become my Encores buddy and my favorite pre-theater restaurant near City Center.

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MI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Top notch service in every aspect. Wooden chairs were uncomfortable.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Slow service, half empty, okay food. Barely paid attention to our small group.

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y
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been there at least 5-6 times. Food not outstanding but always good and enjoyable. Like the atmosphere and cognac selections

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R
New England
419 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We got together with another family for brunch. Everyone enjoyed their food, and we had many different types of food. The menu is varied. The service was a bit slow as the server was very busy, and many of the staff were not able to communicate with the table to answer questions. Nonetheless, we had an excellent meal, and felt no rush.

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JB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Manager took care of us, lovely gentleman. Service good, food very good, value decent. Nice place to go for brunch.

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IF
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice neighbourhood feel to the ambience, the menu and service. Wines are not bad since everything is reasonably priced.

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LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation for a group of friends. More RSVP'd than I had expected and Brasserie Cognac was able to increase the number of my party not once, but twice. Food was beautifully presented and delicious. Service was impeccable -- especially impressive because we were such a large group.

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NB
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

It's a great pre-theater dining destination, and classier than many of its local counterparts. The service is often rushed, though, and the dinner I hosted their for 8 was dampened only by our harried, annoyed server. Everything else was great though.

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BP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A real French Barsserie. The steak tartare was one of the best I've even eaten - flavourings were perfect - not too strong but subtly there. Loved the egg to add in. Filet was excellent. Floating Island was just OK. Not very French. Service good but Alex [?] a bit busy. I had to get his attention to bring me the bill. But he really knew his stuff. We stayed at the WestHouse and your location is great.
Lovely restaurant and reasonably priced.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Only disappointment: I have 2 different ways of getting a 20% discount at this restaurant. We both ordered prix fixe dinners. Gave one of my discount cards to my server, who abruptly said, prix fixe is already discounted. We can’t discount further. This is not stated anywhere, so I was both surprised and disappointed.

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AF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Apps were great and do was dessert. Needed more people so we could sample more dessert. Will have to go back

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BO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our dining experience at Brasserie Cognac. The food and service were excellent. However the sound level was a bit overwhelming.

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