100 E. 53rd St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Park Ave.
By ReasonableDiner on 5/23/2012
I must say that I don't understand the critic's choice for Brasserie. There really isn't anything special about the experience. The atmosphere isn't unique or energized; the food isn't spectacular (the famed lobster bisque is somewhat bland, has very little lobster meat, and was served lukewarm); and although the service was adequate, it wasn't out of the ordinary. If you are looking for something special... there are dozens of restaurants that do it better and at a significantly lower price.
By Jessica_Love on 3/31/2012
Brasserie is one of my favorite brunch spots in the city. The French toast is the BEST I've ever had, the eggs benedict is also killer, and I've never had an unpleasant experience there. Highly recommend for brunch!
By junhli on 2/5/2012
I took friend from China to Lex Brassier because she stays in Hyatt 48. It was a Sunday evening and the place was empty - us and another couple. We order a salad and an entree to share at the bar and asked bar tender that we were in a rush to go for a Super Bowl party. In addition, I also order a caffeine free mint tea as I am allergic to caffeine. The bar tender was far more into the game on TV than any order from us. It took him 20 mins to put order in the system. We waited for 45 mins and nothing came out of the kitchen. Finally my tea arrived. I took a few sips and started to feel strange and dizzy. They gave me green tea. I started to shake and asked to see the manager. She could not be more dismissive. I told her that I was feeling off and i am not caffeine tolerant. She then asked me to leave the restaurant because I raised my voice. Finally I made the home with the exploding headache and frustration due to the unpleasant experience. I have lived in NYC for 16 years and have never been to a place this rude. I am very convinced that this place wont last long given the poor management and competitiveness of this industry in the city.
By karakarakara on 12/19/2011
I took my parents in law to there. My parents in law and I didn't like their food. I can even cook better than them. They loved "Artisanal" . Compare to Artisanal French Restaurant, Brasserie is really bad.
By mburhans on 2/16/2009
That should just about say it. The food was excellent, the server seemed to be telepathic. He had this ability to be invisible until the moment something was needed, and he would appear with what was needed...not a question as to what was needed. The atmosphere, however, left aLOT to be desired. Cold hard surfaces...my gf said like being in an airplane...I personally like the jetsons cafeteria comparison. This is called BRASSERIE. I was expecting something more cuisine de terrior, not so much Haute Coutre tried too hard.
By wny56 on 2/28/2008
I dined late night on a weekend. Sitting in one of the Brasserie's booths made one oblivious to the fact that the restaurant had very few patrons. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. The service was efficient. The food--escargots, mussels, frites, salad, grouper and dessert (beignets and banana duo)--was very good. I enjoyed the food and the quietude.
By nycfella29 on 1/1/2008
My gf and I picked this place for our NYE dinner with some friends. And I must say we could'nt have been happier with our decision! It was a 3-course prix fixe menu, but the food was out of this world. From the grilled octopus to the golden almond duck...all delicious! The caramalized cheesecake I had for dessert was absolutely amazing. I almost ate the piece of mint too, it was that good. The regular menu is a bit pricey, so we won't return too often. But, for those special occassions though, it's WELL worth the money. Even the white wine we had was fabulous. Compliments to the chef!
By cheeserus on 7/22/2007
pretty unexceptional and mediocre at best. that was my own experience and while I'm sure many prior diners may have indeed had a wonderful evening, this is one ny restaurant that's not worth a second trip
By foodismylife on 4/17/2007
Brasserie is new again. I loved it. What a meal. That halibut melted in my mouth and the foie gras was great too. I had the strawberry dessert. It was amazing. What a new experience. I hadn't been in over 4 years, but my friend said I had to go back and so I did. I cannot wait to have another meal at my new "old" favorite restaurant.
By martin_chamois on 4/1/2007
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.