Brasserie 8 ½ is a yummy playground for French foodies in New York City.This upscale French bistro is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan just steps from Fifth Avenue on 57th Street. Featuring original artwork by artists such as Matisse, Marco Del Re and Léger, the restaurant is a stylish embodiment of a bustling French brasserie.
Executive Chef Franck Deletrain, noted for his sophisticated French cuisine, has crafted the menu which shows a light and refined take on classic French dishes. The Parisian-born, Italian-raised chef has extensive experience working in Manhattan restaurants, including The Four Seasons, The Sea Grill, Tropica, Café Centro, and Patroon, where he earned three stars from The New York Times. Specialty dishes prepared by Chef Deletrain and his skilled team include appetizers such as Grilled Octopus with Brussels Sprouts, Grapes, Butter Beans, Espelette Pepper; Lobster Risotto with Sweet Peas, Tomatoes, Black Truffle Essence; and Onion Soup Gratinée with Emmenthaler and Gruyère Cheese. Delicious entrees include the Duck Two Ways, served with Roasted and Confit, Poached Quince, Braised Red Cabbage, Cranberries, Apple Cider Gastrique; Black Angus/Dry Aged Sirloin Steak Frites, served with Herb Butter, Au Poivre Sauce, or Béarnaise; and Yellowfin Tuna with Whipped Parsnips, Brussels Sprouts, Oyster Mushrooms and Burgundy Matelotte.
To accompany the food, the restaurant also features a crafted cocktail program with a focus on French libations. Specialty cocktails include the 8 1/2 Cosmopolitan, featuring Absolut Citron, Cointreau, Aperol, Lime, Splash of White Cranberry; the La Mode Ancienne, featuring Rye Whiskey, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Angostura; and the Berry Gin And Tonic, featuring Pinnacle Gin, Blueberry & Raspberry Purées, St. Germain and Tonic. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list with wines from all over the world that is perfect for your palate passport.
On the weekends, Brasserie 8 ½ serves up a popular Sunday Brunch Buffet. The buffet features a range of delectable favorites, including crêpes, omelets, salads, as well as carving and pastry stations – all priced at just $34 per person ($16 for children). Diners can also opt to add flowing mimosas during brunch for just $14 extra. To this day it’s still one of my favorite brunch spots. It’s perfect for a girl’s brunch or group gathering. For weeknights and after-work gatherings, stop by for Oyster Happy Hour at 4:30pm – 7:30pm, Monday – Friday, when the restaurant offers raw oysters on the half-shell for just $1 per oyster.