Brasserie 8 1/2

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Brasserie 8 1/2
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Appearance isn’t everything, but in Brasserie 8½’s case, it’s up there. Survey the minimalist decor: a grand, snaking staircase and extra-deep leather banquettes. Marvel at Fernand Léger’s only known stained-glass piece, which divides the open kitchen from the dining room. Chef Julian Alonzo, who studied under David Bouley, creates a suitably modern dining experience: Black-sesame-studded tuna tartare is served with fresh-grated wasabi; and a lump-crabmeat cake finds a fresh edge in its side salad of sea beans and razor-thin artichoke slices. The devil’s-food Ring Ding dessert is deliciously amusing.Appearance isn’t everything, but in Brasserie 8 1/2's case, it’s up there. Survey the minimalist decor: a grand, snaking staircase and extra-deep leather banquettes. Marvel at Fernand Léger’s only known stained-glass piece, which divides the open kitchen from the dining room. Chef Julian Alonzo, who studied under David Bouley, creates a suitably modern dining experience: Black-sesame-studded tuna tartare is served with fresh-grated wasabi; and a lump-crabmeat cake finds a fresh edge in its side salad of sea beans and razor-thin artichoke slices. The devil’s-food Ring Ding dessert is deliciously amusing.
Venue name: Brasserie 8 1/2
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Address: 9 W 57th St
New York
10019
Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–10pm; Fri, Sat 5:30–11pm; Sun 11am–2:30pm, 5:30–9pm
Transport: Subway: F to 57th St; N, R to 59th Fifth Ave–59th St
Price: Average main course: $25. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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