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Restaurateurs Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato opened Brasserie Cognac de Monsieur Ballon in April 2008. The duo brought their love for French culture and cuisine to New York City and gave the Big Apple an authentic slice of such, with a brasserie style menu combining French classics with modern creations.

a piece of cake sitting on top of a wooden cutting board

Chef Luis Gutierrez takes a nimble approach to dishes such as the signature dish, tuna tart, prepared with Grade-A sashimi tuna, ginger and wasabi; the fresh chicken salad with green apple & cranberries; and filet of halibut atop truffle risotto. Don’t forget to start the experience with a basket of delightfully light & airy gougeres (warm cheese puffs).

Situated on a quaint corner, with a delightful outdoor café, this neighborhood restaurant provides fantastic alfresco dining in the warmer seasons. Brasserie Cognac’s two-story space is as inviting as it is charming, not to mention elegant and sophisticated. The popular vibrantly purple upstairs dining room with vintage chandeliers and street views, is booked frequently for private events and intimate dinners.