Brasserie 8 1/2

French Restaurant and Café$$$$
Midtown East, New York
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  • Liz C.
    "Sunday buffet brunch is very good."(5 Tips)
    Randall S.
    "Great buffet for brunch on Sunday."(2 Tips)
    Tasting Table
    "flute of something"(2 Tips)
    Amber S.
    "The filet mignon is superb on the restaurant week menu."(2 Tips)
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  • Rebecca Y.
    Rebecca YiAugust 16
    Had the Monday lobster night menu & the restaurant week menu. The food was really just ok - Duck breast was ok. Steak was ok. Lobster was ok. Service was A+.
  • David O.
    David O'TrakounFebruary 1
    Everything's good but overall a forgettable meal
  • Michael G.
    Michael GreenJanuary 11
    Beautiful space. I highly recommend the filet mignon , goat cheese fritters, and crab cake! so so so good
  • Ronni
    RonniJanuary 8
    The wild Scottish salmon and polenta was enough to fill me up. Salmon wasn't dry and the polenta was a big bowl
  • Marco D.
    Marco DonjuanSeptember 16, 2015
    Best buffet brunch ever
  • Susan J C.
    Susan J CampbellSeptember 15, 2015
    The fried chicken Cobb is beautifully presented and delicious enough to obsess about
  • Amber S.
    Amber SchiffAugust 2, 2015
    The filet mignon is superb on the restaurant week menu. The appetizers are good too.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GargisoJuly 13, 2015
    Excellent brunch buffet. Great atmosphere
  • Amy S.
    Amy SimontacchiFebruary 24, 2015
    Everything
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableDecember 19, 2014
    A spiral staircase separates this massive below-street-level space from Fifth Avenue. Duck in for the calm and stay for classic French salads, soups, eggs, and a flute of something sparkling. Read more
  • Lindsay K.
    Lindsay KNovember 16, 2014
    Champagne flutes and two orders of croquettes. Done and done.
  • Igor C.
    Igor CredaliSeptember 8, 2014
    Sunday brunch buffet is an interesting alternative to a normal brunch experience. Desserts are excellent!
  • Hiroki M.
    Hiroki MurakamiJune 22, 2014
    Go for the prixe fixe
  • Liz C.
    Liz CroftApril 15, 2014
    Sunday buffet brunch is very good.
  • Tatjana T.
    Tatjana TesicApril 5, 2014
    Great place - the bouillabaisse was as good as in France. Meat was well cooked and tender. Try the macaron as desert!
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LMarch 8, 2014
    Don't get the macaron dessert. It was hard and crunchy, had to be at least a day old
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RFebruary 28, 2014
    Pommes Frites very good!
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DillonFebruary 15, 2014
    Get the soufflé. I'm not kidding. Don't even get anything else. Just the soufflé. Also the lamb/duck is very good, the scallops are excellent.
  • Kimberly V.
    Kimberly VeraDecember 9, 2013
    Love this place good food laid back come here with the family😊
  • Nathalie A.
    Nathalie AnayaSeptember 4, 2013
    The dynamic duo, John & Julie, will make sure to keep your glass filled at all times. Great lounge, great times.
  • Charlie M.
    Charlie MarieJuly 28, 2013
    Amazing brunch!
  • Randall S.
    Randall StemplerMarch 17, 2013
    Great buffet for brunch on Sunday.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkDecember 27, 2012
    A classic French bistro, this is a great place for an upscale and classy meal - and a cocktail or glass of champagne.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WattsOctober 7, 2012
    Fantastic food.
  • Antonio d.
    Antonio del RosarioJuly 31, 2012
    Irina is the best bartender.
  • April M.
    April MazzollaMay 4, 2012
    Try the Spicy Margharita - My new cocktail du jour! Pineapple tequila , lime, with italian chili peppers, cilantro & cucumber.Made by Yours Truly
  • Manu N.
    Manu Nicás 🇪🇸April 22, 2012
    Restaurante con decoración moderna y ambiente joven,su cocina es fusión de sabores franceses y latinos. Muy recomendable el Brunch del domingo. Ha salido varias veces en la serie "Sexo en Nueva York".
  • Mark S.
    Mark SalongaFebruary 11, 2012
    The service here last night was embarrassingly bad. I understand he was a new waiter, but even still, there was no excuse for his severe lack of training. I've gotten more helpful service at Wendy's.
  • Sam A.
    Sam AdlerJanuary 27, 2012
    Best cheesecake ever.
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LuNovember 25, 2011
    Must order the truffle fries and truffle mashed potatoes
  • Luiz Filipe M.
    Luiz Filipe MachadoAugust 3, 2011
    Great brunch on sundays!
  • Annie D.
    Annie DowJuly 24, 2011
    Brunch selection leaves much to be desired, but the quality of what they DO have is deceptively decent.
  • Heather S.
    Heather SingmasterMarch 26, 2011
    Crab cakes are fantastic!
  • Soraya D.
    Soraya DarabiMarch 3, 2011
    Try the Duck Confit Salad - Fancy lunch with PepsiCo.
  • Mary P.
    Mary PefferFebruary 17, 2011
    travel downstairs to recline after work with vino. free breadsticks and nuts are an entire meal!
  • Aline N.
    Aline NobregaFebruary 6, 2011
    The structure is very good. That is a beautitiful entrance, but the food is very simple. Is not too much people and finished croissant, the seweets plates are very simples and don't have cold chocolat
  • Eduardo N.
    Eduardo NobregaFebruary 6, 2011
    No croissant, no more parmesan, no cold cocoa milk, ok french toast, let's see the bill...
  • Chris A.
    Chris AllenJanuary 7, 2011
    Julian, the executive chef is amazing!
  • Ash F.
    Ash FontanaJuly 16, 2010
    Under-tapped endless brunch in Sundays!
  • Homer M.
    Homer M.July 15, 2010
    this place is only good for people that work at the Solow Bldg. decent sandwiches, soups, and salads. i got a free cookie when i got a cup of coffee.
  • Audrey J.
    Audrey JulienneJune 6, 2010
    Food was decent but the crepes are a sacrilege to any French person.
  • Topher B.
    Topher BurnsApril 14, 2010
    TGIFriday's with better architecture.
  • Tendenciastv
    TendenciastvApril 12, 2010
    Great cosmopolitan! Read more
  • Nancy J.
    Nancy JonesFebruary 25, 2010
    Awesome subterranean space for after work drinks
  • dara lynne
    dara lynneNovember 22, 2009
    get the brunch buffet.
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