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Brasserie

100 E. 53rd St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Park Ave.
212-751-4840

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

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65% would go back.

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Not Your Father's Cafeteria

By martin_chamois on 4/1/2007

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

The interior design of Brasserie is a bit like a school cafeteria from the Jetsons cartoons. It is large, bright with all hard surfaces which means the noise level is always cranked up. What fills the room is the quality food prepared by a talented kitchen. The limited menu has a wide variety of choices. And all are fantatisc. The service is uneven and can disappoint.

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437 out of 824 people found this review helpful.

Swanky and fun!

By battousai on 4/8/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Thanks to its ultra modern but classy redesigned interior, this brasserie is the perfect place for afterwork drinks or a business dinner to impress the clients while not breaking the bank. The Grillades menu is where the food shines but its overpriced wine list is weak and mundane. The service was very attentive however and very adept at handling large parties so it's perfect for the impromptu dinner party with friends!

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444 out of 844 people found this review helpful.

midtown with a hint of vibe

By dtulsa on 6/17/2004

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

a midtown standard -- always good bistro food with a sometimes asian touch, excellent design, and good vibe for a midtown restaurant whether business or pleasure.

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408 out of 860 people found this review helpful.

An island in a barren sea

By wudzee on 2/9/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I can see making this a regular stop on my dinner circuit. We chose Brasserie as our break out from restaurant week, and it was the right choice. From the grand entrance to the incredibly lucky booth seating that gave us a sweeping view as the evening unfolded, we got off to a great start. The tissue wrapped baguette OK, the european butter better, and the wine list short but with very good choices regardless of budget. The raw bar and the lobster salad were excellent considering the season, and the French onion soup tasty and thankfully not too salty. The seared king salmon was well presented and cooked to perfection. If you choose the excellent rib-eye steak with the nicely and spicily flavorful Chipotle Béarnaise, be prepared to lug half of it home. The chocolate beignets with caramel ice crean filled what little space there was to finish this excellent and fairly-priced dinner.

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407 out of 850 people found this review helpful.

Be on the runway

By huntleysf on 9/23/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

My lady friend loved the runway entrance that threw her picture on the multi-screen TVs. The chartreuse martini was a kick, the sea bass only adequqate, the room big and empty late on a weekday night. super trnedy, a bit chilly al around, unless I guess when it is packed at the bar.

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400 out of 777 people found this review helpful.

Bring your megaphone to Brasserie

By leecifer on 9/11/2003

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The Brasserie reminds me of a movie set. It is crowded, noisy, and expensively constructed. It is designed to give off a "hot swank restaurant" feeling, but there is little substance beneath it's flashy exterior. A lot of fuss has been made about the architecture, but I found it to be odd and less than comfortable. The food is presented beautifully, but it's not extraordinary and doesn't justify the high price tag. And the place is so loud that you can barely communicate your waiter, let alone your date. If you still feel the need to go, be prepared to shout.

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319 out of 659 people found this review helpful.

Perfectly fine, but not inspired

By zeecee on 7/27/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Maybe I was longing for the old Brasserie, that used to occupy this space, or maybe I wanted to feel I was in Paris, neither of which happened. It worked well for our group. Many of us enjoyed the special lobster dinners - reasonably priced for a large lobster, steamed or broiled, accompanied by a small side of risotto. Baguettes, wrapped in a napkin, are placed on the table with French butter. They were tasteless. Drinks were good and it was particularly fun that they had a special 50% off any bottle of wine. To be fair, many people would find this perfectly acceptable, particularly if trying to please a wide assortment of tastes. The chocolate beignets are memorable and should not be missed. The place is lively but not too loud to talk, casual enough and certainly when there are specials, one of the better deals in the area.

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295 out of 631 people found this review helpful.

Great Restaurant All Year Long

By likefood on 2/5/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

In general, I think it's somewhat unfair to rate restaurants based on "Restaurant Week" meals. However, give kudos when due, and Brasserie is a good example: the Chef clearly wanted to offer a special menu, not just the usual salad and chicken. I think he hit a home run. Desserts were great, too. But it is the consistently good food and service that I receive at Brasserie all year long that makes me a fan. Though it is obviously a high volume establishment, the food is not mass produced or pre-cooked; the waiters are knowledgable, friendly, and helpful, with no attitude; and the room gets a great buzz going almost any night of the week. I always take business and out-of-town guests to Brasserie because I know I'll be respected and catered to. Finally, my biggest restaurant peeve is poor treatment at the door, but Brasserie's hostesses are unfailingly gracious, no matter how busy, and they always have time for a "welcome" or a "good-bye" with a smile.

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313 out of 637 people found this review helpful.

Best Risotto Ever

By Snoopdog on 2/4/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Great rock shrimp risotto, the Dr. Who-modern chairs look uncomfortable, but are quite nice. The video screens aren't a big deal, they're over the bar only and kinda poor quality, so you're not really being snooped on. Non-snobby but skilled service--another surprise.

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216 out of 437 people found this review helpful.

Under whelmed in general

By ettiquetgirl on 1/31/2003

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

After reading rave reviews for this restaurant, I decided to test it out during restaurant week. I assumed that the special menu would show a good balance of what they offered, using this chance to show hopeful clients why you should book large parties down the road...boy was I wrong! The crab bisque was nothing special, the ceviche was just OK, while the hanger Steak was extremely salty and the Mahi Mahi, although tender was under whelming in flavor. It was too bad the wine menu wasn't better written to indicate just how overly sweet their Gewurztraminer was before we had it served with our meal…definitely more of dessert wine taste. The desserts were the best part of the meal, and still were not great. We had the apple tart and the pistachio crème brulee. On the lighter side, the waiter was lovely. He maintained his smile as other diners were overly rude to him, and continued professionalism throughout the meal. The interior of the room was interesting to look at, but with so many hard edges it was terribly difficult to have a conversation at even this small table. I think the $30.03 special menu was highly over-priced.

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