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100 E. 53rd St., nr. Park Ave. (Midtown East)
New York, NY
(1) 212-751-4840 | www.patinagroup.com
HOURSMon.-Thurs.: 7:00am-11:00pm; Fri.: 7:00am-12:00am; Sat.: 11:00am-12:00am; Sun.: 11:00am-10:00pm
BEST FORBreakfast; lunch; dinner; brunch
YEAR OPENED1959 (reopened in 1995)
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 10.50-14.50; USD 25-42
FAMOUS PLATESBrasserie burger; French onion soup; steak frites
DRINKS AND WINEWine; cocktails; bottled beer; full bar
# OF SEATS160
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAYLexington Ave.-53rd St. (E, M, 6)
Though Brasserie may never return to its 1959 heyday, that doesn't meant this reborn French restaurant isn't making waves of its own. A space-age redesign brought in cushy retro booths, milky see-through tabletops, and a behind-the-bar backlit wall showcasing wine bottles galore. The kitchen prepares modern versions of French classics with as much wow-factor as the décor. The descending staircase at center stage ensures every arrival gets a moment in the spotlight.
Groups of corporate diners and heavy-hitting Midtowners looking for a relaxed yet sophisticated meal. This is a great spot for a power lunch without the pretention. While it's buzzing at weekday lunch, the space is generally more empty at breakfast and dinner, and on weekends.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Keep it elegant yet casual with a chic shift top, sleek pants, fancy heels, and an effortless-looking updo.
GO HERE WITH
Clients or colleagues; friends
WHY WE LIKE IT
It strikes just the right balance between buttoned up and fun loving. We dig the great food and accessible menu, as well as the surprisingly friendly vibe right near business-heavy Park Avenue.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
It's too bad the original space is no more, but we like what we see here.
GOOD TO KNOW
The former Brasserie was a Seagram Building landmark from the 1950s. It has since been redesigned, having burnt to the ground in a fire in 1995. We like the booths that ring the outer walls the best−be sure to request one when making your reservation.
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