Brasserie Cognac East: Charming Elegance

June 12, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Brasserie Cognac East’s 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. There is also a delightful outdoor café for fantastic alfresco dining.

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. Chef Florian Hugo personally curates the beverage program.

963 Lexington Avenue. 212-249-5100

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