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Lexington Brass

Restaurants, American Midtown East
3 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Lexington Brass
Lexington Brass

Time Out says

The team behind Abe & Arthur's turns to seasonal fare with this breakfast-to-dinner American bistro. Seven taps dispense local wines and Sixpoint beers at the glossy black-and-gold bar. Early risers can grab Stumptown coffee and breakfast plates, like eggs Benedict and buttermilk corn pancakes, while evening diners can choose from raw-bar platters, pastas and mains, including roasted chicken with okra stew and a marjoram jus, and steamed mussels and frites. The brass-accented room features a white marble floor, tufted light-brown banquettes and pendant lights.



Address: 517 Lexington Ave
New York
Cross street: at 48th St
Transport: Subway: E, M to Lexington Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St
Price: Average main course: $25. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
Opening hours: Daily 7–11am, 11:30am–3pm, 5pm–2am
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Users say (6)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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I'm not vegan but I wanted to start off my new year with less red meat so I opted for the crispy vegan burger. Made of quoia-sweet potato blend, I actually really enjoyed it. Typically a veggie burger is kinda mushy and bland, but this had a great texture with a crispy layer, contrasting it with the fresh lettuce and tomato. 

This is a great place for a business lunch as we were in and out in less than 45 min even as our reservation was right at noon. 


Stylish and sleek aesthetic, with a casual atmosphere. The food is new American comfort, and while most dishes are well prepared with good ingredients few stand out. There is an extensive specialty cocktail menu as well as some wine and beer offerings. The wait staff was courteous, though a bit inattentive, and overall the place was kept clean. The bar livened up a bit, perhaps from the nearby hotel or happy hour crowds in the area.

We visited this restaurant on 31st October 2016 at around 7.30pm.  5 of us arrived without a reservation and were seated straight away our orders were taken by a friendly waiter but it was downhill from there once he finished his shift and a new waiter took over.

Be careful when ordering steak - we ordered medium and this came very well done.

We had to call the waiter over to order drinks when our drinks finished - he was very rude with his responses (at first we thought it might be part of a halloween act).  

The waiter started removing plates and cleaning the table whilst the most of us were still eating.  

Once we had finished we were not offered a desert menu, and when we asked for one the waiter walked off in a huff then threw 2 menus down on the table.  

At that point we decided we were not welcome and asked for the bill.  When one of our party asked if we could pay by card the waiter responded "No, unless you want to walk over to the machine".  Which we would have been happy to do, but the attitude and tone of the waiter was awful.

All of us are from the UK and were quite shocked at this service as we were told that service is usually excellent in the USA, given the recommended suggestions for service charge/tips.

I didn't get the name of the waiter, but wish I did.  I wouldn't recommend this restaurant if this is the normal service provided.


OKAY THERE ARE CINNAMON ROLL PANCAKES HERE! Pretty standard brunch place, a little overpriced for the quality IMHO - although as Meredith below me said the Bloody Mary options are amazing.

But the real kicker here is these pancakes. Tell me that you don't want to eat that. It was insane. The best parts of a cinnamon roll and the best parts of a pancake. The frosting even tasted like Cinnabon (come on, you know you like it.). AMAZING. WOW.


Lexington Brass has a pretty standard brunch fare but with one lovely curveball—a build your own Bloody Mary menu. The waiter will happily hold your hand through the process and explained the difference between a standard Bloody and the various flavor options. After putting in our orders, we were all a little nervous about a poor combination, but with the fresh quality ingredients it's hard to go wrong. 

The portions were bigger than I'd expected. I got a frittata and the skillet may have contained a dozen eggs. On the whole, great quality and great service in a cute Parisian cafe environment. 

The food is excellent & the cocktails are outstanding. I went to Lexington Brass with a group of 5 people on a Wednesday night, and the atmosphere was lively, but not too loud for conversation. Don't let the 4 dollar sign rating intimidate you... there are options on the menu that won't leave you broke. Highly recommend the Soul Reviver (similar to a margarita but with fresh ginger and green tea), mac & cheese, steak frites, and the smores dessert. Would definitely go back with girlfriends or colleagues.