(963 Lexington Avenue, at 70th Street, New York, NY 10021;
Situated on a quaint corner, Brasserie Cognac East’s stunning two-story space is as inviting and charming, as it is elegant and sophisticated. The main level is divided by a central winding stair case that leads to the upstairs dining room, which can serve as a private dining room.
Neutral gray walls, burgundy banquettes and vintage mirrors create a relaxed, upscale brasserie feel, enhanced by a long brass bar, perfect for sipping wines and aperitifs. Upstairs, a shimmery ceiling and vibrant purple walls give life to the intimate room lined with windows and decorated with vintage chandeliers. Two working
fireplaces (one on each level) are added bonuses. Brasserie Cognac East also provides a delightful outdoor café for fantastic alfresco dining, weather permitting.
New York’s most rewarding restaurants have always been the small, charming finds and Cognac East avoids clichés, overly-trendy shockers and global-molecular fusion, instead presenting contemporary plays on classics at affordable prices with friendly service, looked over by the charming GM Bernard DuPont. There is also an outstanding wine list that extends to great cocktails and wines by the glass, such as the delicious VILLA BEL AIR, JM Cazes (FROM Lynch Bages)..
Here is an authentic French brasserie from Executive Chef/Partner Florian V. Hugo (Brasserie Cognac, Theater District NYC), an Alain Ducasse veteran and direct descendant of Victor Hugo; and Serafina Restaurant Group owners Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato.
Chef Hugo listened to the loyal Upper East Side residing patrons of his five-year old Midtown West Brasserie Cognac (www.cognacrestaurant.com), by bringing a taste of France to their uptown neighborhood. Hugo, a native of Provence, is known for his traditional French fare with a sophisticated,contemporary twist.
Hugo’s culinary versatility shows in his modern creations, such as Goat Cheese and Tomato Tart on a warm puff pastry, and an amazing Tuna Tart, a thin tart flambé crust with wasabi cream and pickled ginger. Honoring the timeless classics, Hugo offers the best renditions of Cheese Soufflé, Niçoise Salad, an aromatic Lobster Bisque, classic Blanquette de Veau and daily special like a homey pot au feu.Guests can enjoy his signature Filet au Poivre, flambéed tableside with – of course – Cognac, or a singular roast chicken preparation as well as the outstanding COTE DE BOEUF, PRIME RIB COOKED ON THE GRILL,WITH GRATIN DAUPHINOIS, CREAMED SPINACH AND TRUFFLE BEEF JUS (for 1 or 2Pers).
Desserts range from: wonderful housemade cookies, a light and delicate FLOATING ISLAND (POACHED MERINGUE WITH CARAMEL AND VANILLA CRÈME ANGLAISE) and lovely rendition of PROFITEROLES, to a formidable Chocolate Soufflé, to name but a few.
Brasserie Cognac East, also named for the region in France known for its Cognac production, has an extensive Cognac selection with up to 50 labels, as well as three distinctive French beers on draft, as any reputable brasserie is known to offer. The restaurant also presents an interesting, predominantly French wine list, offering a combination of renowned labels and delicious affordable finds from little-known regions. Hugo personally curates the beverage program. Click Here For The List
At Brasserie Cognac East, guests can begin their day with house-made Mini-Croissants, Fresh Ricotta & Raspberry Pancakes, and Orange & Espresso French Toast. Hugo offers popular ‘Œufs’ selections, such as Eggs in Brioche and ethereal Egg White Vegetable Frittata.
Unique to Brasserie Cognac East is “Le Goûter”- refined French afternoon snack including tea service (2:30pm-5pm), available every day with a fine selection of tea sandwiches, scones and house-made pastries, sure to please grown-ups as well as children.
Absolutely one of the five best upscale bistros in New York, BCE is packed with happy customers, so reserve. For more information, go to Click Here for Website.
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