Brasserie Cognac East

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686 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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. The Brasserie style menu combines French classics. Guests can choose to dine in the outdoor sidewalk café, classic main dining room, lively bar/lounge or the private Cognac Room as they enjoy meals complimented by over 85 varieties of cognac and a gorgeous wine list including first-growth Bordeaux and Burgundies and an extensive wine by the glass list.

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Prix Fixe available, great atmosphere, perfect holliday ambiance.

Wednesday, 25 December, 2019

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Prix Fixe available, great atmosphere, perfect holliday ambiance.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

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Sun 2:30PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM
Mon - Fri 2:30PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM
Sat 2:30PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM

What 686 People Are Saying
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ML
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This quaint bistro restaurant is one of our favorites in the Upper East Side for a cozy dinner for two. Dark and romantic. Great cocktails ... I have had the London Manhattan multiple times and it has been special. We both ordered the chicken with grilled vegatables and enjoyed it. The warm shaved brussels sprouts salad also was delicious.

l
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Oddly overpriced. $30+ for 3 scallops seems a bit overpriced

DT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Even with reservation had to wait a long time for table. Had nowhere for my handicapped mom to sit. She had to sit outside in cold. The wait for food was at least an hour BUT saying that the dinner was fantastic. the food was amazing and we could not eat enough!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is amazing but my friend and I felt very rushed through dinner, as though they couldn't wait to turn the table. I understand that's how they make money, but this was extreme.

OT
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience3

It's a nice place and the food is good, not great, but the service is spotty.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My avocado toast was delicious , the service quick, and the noise level went down after about 1:30. We all had a lovely Sunday afternoon.

f
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service is wonderful. The hostess and waiters are very attentive.

f
New York Area
164 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to bring out if town guests for ant meal here for consistent delicious brunch - especially the gougeres , Bloody Mary’s , truffle fries and brioche poached eggs with tomato confit!

EL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

i originally booked for 8pm 100 points later changed reservation to 8:30 1000 points

i only received 100 ooints can you please adjust

CW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite place to eat in my neighborhood. Thanks cognac!

J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

- convenient for anyone on the upper east side
- food wasn't great
- good ambience, well-made cocktails

j
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, wonderful food in a beautiful dining room. Both the first floor and the 2nd floor are beautifully appointed, but I love the view onto Lexington Ave from the table by the window on the 2nd floor.

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Loud client at the bar

GD
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very reliable upper east side bistro. Food is both innovative and traditional bistro fare. The raw tuna tarte is delicious. The diners are well heeled and appreciative of this neighborhood gem. It is too bad that it is so small because tables are cramped, but try to get a table upstairs where it is much quieter.

F
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite nice. Food was great and the ambiance was delightful. Try the second floor seating.

t
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

My friends and I have always enjoyed this restaurant and we think the food is uniformly good. This time the service was terrible and actually rude. I hope the wait staff was having an off night and that the next time I go there everything will be as wonderful as it was until this visit.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The design, lighting, and particularly the MUSIC, was perfect. Great service and food.

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Bartender was green but very nice. If you are a Cognac restaurant you should know what VSOP is ...

Mussels were average and Filet was first raw than a hockey puck

The atmosphere is great and the sides were impressive

Too bad. Food ruined a 20 cab each way

MJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and her husband were here from Sacramento for a wedding. After the hustle and bustle of the weekend, it was a delight to be able to have a delicious brunch in such a quiet, lovely neighborhood setting. Thank you!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic octopus!

OT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brasserie Cognac is a lovely, lively restaurant with classic French meals done well. The tables are extremely close to one another, so don’t plan on having a deeply personal conversation here. The martinis were on point, but served in rather small glasses. My husband’s beet salad was delicious, as was my foie gras. He said his halibut was very good, albeit slightly bland... but I feel that is to be expected when one orders halibut. My beef bourguignon, however, was out of this world... the very best that I have ever had. Absolutely delicious. I would go back just for that.

MB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just delicious.

SH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE the fondue and Wilson our server. Always a favorite place to go.

o
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Don't ever sit upstairs. Siberia. Very unhappy I was put there

I
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Cheese soufflés was really good but the burger was just barely ok and the meat not at the level of where it should be. Ordered medium rare and came medium well with the lettuce not cleaned.

Been there many times and not consistent. Expecting a traditional fresh and French food but many times inconsistent quality.

NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice bistro

8
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a good time .
I used to go to the one on west side before it was closed because I lived closer.
Now I have no choice so I tried it and realized it’s really good. It’s more about the local clients and the food was really good.
Floating island was even better than the other place!
Branzino, beet salad, escargot were delicious....
The cocktail was so good I had to order another one and everyone really enjoyed our meal!
I will be back soon!

RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely for brunch. Delicious food great drinks. Wonderful ambiance. Highly recommend.

E
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit here and we loved it.
The waiter treated us like we were long time customers.
I had the Nicoise salad with ahi tuna and a chocolate soufflé.
Delicious and I can’t wait to go back.

E
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a leisurely lunch, the chicken Pillard was so tender it could be cut with a fork & tasted delicious. The salmon burger is excellent. The staff si friendly & helpful.

ML
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Just ok. Not sure how much ingredient quality and how much execution, but none of our dishes (wide variety among us) were better than ok. Service got slow/overwhelmed when tables filled up.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite neighborhood bistro to meet people for lunch. It is always reasonably quiet, and the service is excellent. Food is reliable and very good. Best onion soup and cheese souffle. Excellent salads, etc. Don't miss dessert!

K
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a nice dinner at Brasserie Cognac with old friends. Very pleasant. Good food. One nice thing was that when I spilled my glass of wine due to the fact that they had pulled two tables together for us and the height was uneven, so that when I put it down on the table cloth where the two tables were joined it tipped over. Without being asked, they refilled the glass, which was the right thing to do, but many restaurants would not do so.
The noise level is OK, and it has the feel of a neighborhood restaurant. Not as interesting food as a real French brasserie, but good.

RH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently wonderful, Cognac never disappoints. Don't miss the gougeres, the mussels or the steak frites.

MI
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was GREAT. Salmon was cooked perfectly as well as the scallops. The service was on point. Very very good. Definitely would recommend to friends. I would like them to address a small problem with the fruit flies that were flying around. That’s my only small complaint. Otherwise top notch.

KN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here many times and have enjoyed all I've eaten and I will not hesitate to go many more times and recommend. The only thing I would say is that they were skimpy on the amount of scallops for this somewhat expensive and delicious entree. The dish was more like an appetizer than a main course and should be adjusted for the latter. Otherwise, our meal was superb..

g
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Pleasant French bistro with okay food. Onion soup (gratinée) was quite good. Beef bourguignon was dried out in a tasteless sauce. Dessert (floating island) was okay but disappointed; custard not quite meeting the standard. Other main courses were satisfactory.

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