Brasserie 8 1/2 Checked off the Bucketlist

May 21, 2017

With the constant openings of new restaurants in NYC, it's hard to mark those staples that have been around for decades off your bucket list. I passed Brasserie 8 1/2 many times while shopping on 5th Ave, I even have pictures outside the restaurant, but never got around to checking it out for dinner!

When I was invited in, I didn't think twice, secured a reservation and checked the menu frequently leading up to our visit. The restaurant definitely hosts an older, after work crowd - most of them seemed like they were posting up at the bar for cocktails and not having a four course meal, but that didn't stop us from feasting. They have a great prix-fix menu for $42 and if you see something off the prix-fix menu, you have the option of ordering it a la carte. The waitress was super helpful when it came to making a decision on what to order. 

Here's what we got:

 

TARTARE DE SAUMON: Salmon Tartare, Avocado, Horseradish, Salmon Pearls

 

GRILLED OCTOPUS: Sunchokes Mousseline, Fingerling Potatoes, Espelette Pepper 

 

FILET MIGNON AU POIVRE VERT: Roasted Petit Filet Bordelaise Sauce, Potato Lyonnaise, Green Asparagus. With Half Lobster

 

SAUTEED SOFT-SHELL CRAB: Marcona almonds, fava beans, mustard greens,

sundried tomato aioli

 

BRASSERIE 8.5 MAC & CHEESE

 

CHOCOLATE TARTELETTE: Fromage Blanc Ice Cream

 

I have no complaints about the overall experience, except the Truffle Mac & Cheese that I was so excited to get was just okay. It looks amazing from the outside, but kind of tasted like Velveeta on the inside (which isn't necessarily a bad thing!), just not as gourmet as I expected. Everything else was phenomenal, so ironically, it gets a 8.5!

 

BRASSERIE 8 1/2

Located at Solow Building
9 West 57th St., New York 10019 

Tel. 212-829-0812

brasserie812.com

 

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