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Cognac East

963 Lexington Ave. , New York, NY 10021 40.769097 -73.96286
nr. 70th St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-249-5100 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: French, Seafood
  • Price Range: $$$

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Mon-Fri, 11:30am-11pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.; 6 at 68th St.-Hunter College



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Online Reservation


  • Full Bar




Cognac East’s specials are chalked on the outside of a spiral staircase that winds its way up to a charming upper level—an intimate space with windows and gilded mirrors that could easily be plucked from an apartment in Paris. It can feel cramped downstairs, but once you’ve managed to push yourself through to your table, the atmosphere warms up a bit. Cognac East is expensive (it is the Upper East Side), and the portions are on the small side, but the array of French classics here such as steak frites, beef bourguignonne, as well as a number of fresh seafood dishes make it worth the cost. The chicken liver and foie gras terrine is a full-bodied, creamy version of the standard, spread over crispy yet fluffy “country toast” that resembles focaccia. The octopus salad is tender and flavorful, and the signature Cognac roasted chicken is a succulent masterpiece. For dessert, try the crème brulée, which is made “the way grandma used to make it." You might be surrounded by grandmas, but you won’t mind.

Recommended Dishes

Cognac roasted chicken, $28