Brasserie 8 1/2 Private Brunch Party
Would like to know about having a private party at Brasserie 8 1/2 during Sunday Brunch. Has anyone attended such a party? What was it like re: decor, food and service. For anyone giving such a party, were you happy with the results? On the whole, does such a party seem upscale or cheap?
My husband threw me a 65th birthday party at Brasserie 8 1/2 during the summer - a Sunday brunch. There were 25 of us and they didn't give us a private room, but seated us in a section that felt like a private room. The food was great, the service was great. We have been to the restaurant many times, but our guests had not. They all loved it. It is definitely an upscale feeling. And the food is consistently good.
I haven't been for brunch and haven't been there for a private party. But I wasn't too crazy about the food at all. Service was average. Decor is probably best described as "Sex and the City." To me, the decor seemed like it was trying too hard, probably because the food wasn't very good.
Sunday Brunch is the one thing I do at Brasserie 8 1/2. I don't like their regular menu. I've been there as 2 people or as many as 8. I know people who've done private parties in the party room (I forget how many it seats), but not taking over a section of the restaurant. I've never been disappointed in their brunch (which has changed slightly over the years) and neither have my guests. I think the party would seem nicely upscale. I was thinking of looking at The Water Club for a much larger party, but it's significantly more expensive - and I suspect may not be worth the difference.
It's been a few years since I visited, but if things stay the same, then I would agree with others that brunch and desserts are the stronger areas of Brasserie 8 1/2. I didn't think much of their regular emails, but for the brunch they have a wide selection so there is something for everyone even with a large group. The food isn't adventurous or extraordinarily good but they are fresh made (like omelette or pancakes and pasta) and the quality is fine (except the fried food like fries or hash, those are really forgettable). The petite desserts were also quite ok.
The decor is upscale and the service I had was actually very good. I still remembered one time I had brunch with my mom and I asked the manager (an old male) where I could get flowers nearby for my mom. He told me that there weren't any flower shops around, but later he actually pulled some roses from the vase at the front and gave the roses to my mom! I was so delighted by his act.