Alain Ducasse alum Florian V. Hugo honors his Provence roots at this UES spin-off of midtown's Brasserie Cognac. The bi-level restaurant evinces a split personality: The first floor is outfitted in traditional bistro decor (red leather banquettes, vintage mirrors), while the second skews modern (purple walls, silver chandeliers). Daily specials are scrawled on a winding staircase covered in black chalkboard paint. Hugo dispatches classic brasserie fare—niçoise salad and fillet au poivre, plus sweet and savory soufflés. Post up at the five-seat brass bar for 50 varieties of cognac (Rémy Martin, Leopold Gourmel) and three French beers on tap (a Jenlain blond and two Pietra ales).
Brasserie Cognac East
|Venue name:||Brasserie Cognac East||Contact:|
963 Lexington Ave
|Cross street:||at 70th St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 7:30–11am, 11:30am–midnight; Sat, Sun 10am–4:30pm, 5pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 68th St–Hunter College|
|Price:||Average main course: $28. AmEx, DC, MC, V|