Brasserie Cognac

4.1
1636 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the availability but I felt others we enjoying a really nice romantic environment

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z
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very nice restaurant. We had a good dinner with friends before show. Food is very good.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food outstanding. Choice of French comfort food or unique and tasty specialities. I’m gluten intolerant and finding excellent alternatives was not an issue—even wide choice of desserts. Arrived for an early dinner so restaurant was very quiet and perfect for conversation. Waiters very attentive.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and a fair price. Great pre-theatre spot

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Quiet Sunday evening out for last dinner in New York. Food was excellent although waiter was quite busy and somewhat less attentive than we had come to expect from our earlier experiences. Food was well worth the visit and overall it was enjoyable.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Our first time there, a few years ago, was fine. The noise level was perfectly tolerable, and both the service and food was excellent. This time, not so much. The place was packed (understandably, on a Saturday evening, pre-theatre), and the service sluggish. I hadn't been given a napkin, and had to ask for one mid-meal. The salade Niçoise was without flavor and under-dressed. I understand it was a busy time, but still the meal and the dining experience both sorely lacked what we'd experienced on our earlier visit.

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LP
Poconos
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiters were amazing the jalapeno margarita a little too spicy but the strawberry martini was amazing

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S
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We arrived on time for our 6:30 reservation and were seated in a few minutes. Our server "CR" came right away with menus. We decided quickly and ordered the three course for me and my wife ordered just an entre. My first course came quickly (about 6:50, I'd say) and I ate the five escargot right down. Here's where my "service" downgrade comes in. Seven o'clock comes and goes and by 7:15 we're starting to worry as we have 8pm show tickets about a block away. We inquire with CR and he says "soon" and claims "not my fault". Finally at 7:31 our main dishes arrive and we figure we have about 10 minutes to wolf them down. While the food was hot and delicious I can't say we enjoyed eating under such time pressure and I had to say forget the desert. We asked for the check (time stamped 7:44), paid up, and flew out the door getting seated at Carnegie with about 2 minutes to spare. Whew!
Moral: even though probably three fourths of the diners at this place are headed to the theater you had better make your needs known as you are seated or be prepared for a tense evening! And, even in NYC, be prepared for sticker shock if you want wine.

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MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I had to prove with my IPhone That I had a reservation as did another patron The excuse was feeble. Service was also poor. I will not return

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h
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went at the end of Restaurant Week so it was very crowded and extremely noisy. I go there very often and it's not usually this way. But the food was very good and Manuel, our server, always gives us special service because we are regulars.

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PM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The lunch we had was wonderful, however the wait time took away from the experience.

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SR
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always reliably good! Relaxing setting, classic French menu and great service.

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k
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

FOOD AND SERVIE WERE VERY GOOD .WAITER WAS ATTENTIVE, MADE SURE TO GET US OUT IN TIME FOR THE THEATER.MY MAIN DISH WAS PERFECT AS WAS THE DESSERT.THA AMBIANCE IS LOVELY AND I WOULD DEFFINATELY GO AGAIN AND INVITE FRIENDS TO JOIN ME.

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C
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We chose Brasserie Cognac for a pre-Encores dinner. The kitchen was very slow, the food and service were good.

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PJ
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here many times in our overnight trips to the city to see shows at 54 Below. Always delivers. Especially if we can get seating in the rear dining room which is quiet, wood panelled, with linen tablecloths. We ate there for dinner on Restaurant week....lobster bisque, black bass and floating island dessert and all were absolutely superb!!

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M
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Conventional and noisy; bustling but pleasant. The kale salad was good.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had restaurant week lunch menu, skirt steak was amazing, lobster bisque great, the escargot lacked salt (for me it's important that food gets cooked with salt, some people prefer to add it). Wine was good, service very attentive and the charming french hostess seemed to have a very busy restaurant under control. I will be back.

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SB
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice and convenient location on Broadway.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful steak frites. Cooked to perfection

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CW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good. But the service is slow. The black sea bass and steak tasted good. But they were served really lukewarm or even cooled down which is disappointing. I hope the service should be improved with such a high end French brasserie.

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GL
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brasserie Cognac is the perfect meeting place in midtown. And the food is consistently top-notch and well priced.

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CZ
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, meal was great. It was served at a fine pace and server was patient as we decided on our meals. We did visit on one of coldest nights of the year and were seated near the window. Unfortunately, the cold seeped through and we asked to be seated elsewhere. Server moved us with no problem and at all. I only mention it because Brasserie Cognac might need to be aware of it for future. In no way did this impact on our very enjoyable night.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great place to go prior to seeing a Broadway show.
King Kong also 5 Stars ..
I usually do not give stars or rate but when it’s deserving
I like to spread the Joy...
Food was Excellent.. the wife was very impressed and I certainly enjoyed my Glenfiddich 15 and a skirt steak cooked like a Master Chef would. Wife had the Bass she loved it.

Everyone was super NYC cool !! Staff Had smiles and genuinely happy to be there.

We are definitely returning there next we are in the city!!

Thanks again!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

BEST PANCAKES I’VE EVER HAD

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DM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My husband and o had a wonderful time
Food was delicious atmosphere serene waitress very attentive but not overly

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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We made a request for specific seating when reserving the table and were pleased to have it granted. Food was good, however fries were limp, not crisp. Service was friendly and accommodating. The restaurant was never near full despite it being on the cusp of the theater district.

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ES
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Gorica D. was incredible, she gave us just the right amount of attention and was not intrusive. I planned as special night with my girlfriend at Brasserie Cognac and Gorica could tell. Having worked in the restaurant business in collage, I know all the tricks of the trade and can tell when an establishment is well run or has a poor staff. Brasserie Cognac hits the top of my list of great establishments and experiences. they have a warm and attentive staff, it is very well run and has incredible fresh tasting food. I look forward to returning and will recommend Cognac to my business partners for their visits to the New York area.
Well done Gorica D !!

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DB
New England
28 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Again the food was excellent, starting with the Soupe a l'oignon and the escargots, then the Grilled Branzino and the special, a wonderful mix of sea bass and vegetables. We chose a Rkatsiteli from Macedonia, which was quite good, though it reminded me of the really fine one made by Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery in Southeastern Massachusetts.

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h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Atrocious service; arrogant, argumentative hostess.

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f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was convenient for a post-concert meal. The food was OK, but not exceptional.

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D
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our very first time visiting this wonderful restaurant. The food was just superb and the service was excellent. I must mention that the Goat cheese tomato tart and Chicken salad were absolutely fabulous !

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G
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not quite 4 stars. Even service, quality of food, etc. Wine fairly priced. Perhaps a bit shy on ambiance. But a nice time and I’d return.

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RV
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good but service could have been more attentive and solicitous especially since at the very beginning of the meal we already told him to speed up the delivery of the food because we were catching a show at Carnegie Hall.

Otherwise, the onion soup was hearty and tasty; the escargot was excellent with just the right amount of garlic; and the steak frites superb and perfectly cooked.

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AW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing steak frites and great service. Definitely try the cheese puffs!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

New Year’s Day. Brought friends here based on nice brunch experiences. The restaurant was fairly empty, but the music (pop/rhythmic background noise) was far too loud for the place. Service was slow and inattentive. Appetizers and cocktails were decent. For my main course, I ordered the filet mignon flambé. It arrived, not flambéed with a little dish of cold sauce (“cognac peppercorn sauce”) to pour over my 39 dollar steak. I sent it back and when it arrived again it was piping hot but the sauce tasted not at all of cognac and quite a lot of store bought beef base. Edible but disappointing for the price and ambiance. We skipped dessert and won’t be back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding serve on Dec 31 NYE!
Ordered beef bourguignon and beef wellington - One of my best meals in NYC for French cuisine lovers!

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slow. Had to ask 3 times for bread after the meal arrived

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J
New England
121 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed a delicious dinner salad with a glass of wine. My husband had steak and frites that he thought were very well prepared. We had a very nice experience during a crazy weekend (New Years) in NYC. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty, warm, good food - always an excellent choice for lunch, brunch or dinner

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HA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place, and have been there many times. We just brought a friend who was in from England, he loved it too. The staff are extremely friendly, the entire vibe is congenial, comfortable, and homey. The ambient sound level is low enough to actually have a conversation without shouting (sadly rare in NYC), and the menu offers lots of options. Great wine list too. Highly recommended!

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