Brasserie Cognac East

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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).
Venue name: Brasserie Cognac East
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Address: 963 Lexington Ave
New York
10021
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
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