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80 Spring St., New York, NY, 10012
at Crosby St.
One of the best in the city.
By texasmountaineer on 8/22/2009
This a perfect place. Not sure if I like the dinner at 8, happy hout at 5, or just stopping by for oysters and martini when shopping in Soho. Balthazar never disappoints. With all the great dishes on the menu...one of my favs are the frites....not sure what thye do to make this so good....but an order of these is a must.
One of the best in New York
By wynn6888 on 7/24/2009
After hearing so many good things about Balthazar over the years, I finally frequented the French bistro after I moved to SoHo a couple of months ago. Since then, I have eaten at Balthazar once to twice a week. I always have breakfast food - such as the Eggs Florentine or a simple omelet - because this is what Balthazar does best. However, everything I have tried has been delectable! Aside from the food, the decor is beautiful. There are always gorgeous over-flowing flower arrangements strategically planted around the restaurant. Also, the service is great - food does not take too long to come out and the waiter/waitress is always on point. I will continue to go back as often as possible!
By devskolnick on 4/11/2009
It has become a tradition of my family for the past 5 years to go to Balthazar every new years day. We still enjoy this restaurant and continue to look forward to the following year to consume my dad's favorite hamburger and my profiterole
Best French fesh food in town
By barcelona on 3/14/2009
Avoid going during pick hours. Everything is fresh except the Alaskan crab,. The restaurant has a professional service and the food is just amazing. The bar also has a wide list of beverages. Also its bakery next door has one of the best french bread in town and delicious patries.
An unforgettable eating experience
By jamest on 12/19/2008
Friends of littleitalyblogspot were recently in New York for the Thanksgiving sales. At the end of a long day they finally turned up at Balthazar shortly after midnight thinking things would be quitening down. Instead it looked like it was just getting started. Service was reported as excellent, the atmosphere non stop and the food great.
A French Staple
By nuriselena on 6/16/2008
This place is so reliable. It does not matter what day of the week or what time of the day, it is always good. The duck is as good as it gets, even at midnight. If you want breakfast, they do that too. The staff is knowledgeable but a little too hurried; that is the vibe. My favorite, a lazy afternoon, with clams and booze. Their wine list is pretty fun to peruse.
Much Less Than Expected
By aveglia on 5/17/2008
This restaurant always has a long wait to get in therefore, I always thought it must be a marvelous place if it is that difficult to get a table. Looks can be deceiving! The tables are extremely close to each other, which is very typical of NYC restaurants but it is even more so here. We got menus that were 4 x 6" cards with only a handful of basic selections, (After we ordered, I did see other people with oversized laminated menus). The glass water bottles on the tables looked dirty and fingerprinted. My wife's little tea pot looked dirty. The chair I was sitting in had nails sticking out of the bottom and I stuck my finger when I moved the chair. The waiter never offered me a second cup of coffee. The fruit with my yogurt and granola was lousy. The bathroom was dirty and there were sewer flies in the restaurant. When I left, I just hoped I did not get gastroenteritis. Star Bucks is just across the street and would have been a far better choice.
A tourist trap? Not so fast.
By ecbinthecity on 1/16/2008
Perhaps it's a "lively" restaurant, but the service is good, the scene is entertaining, and the food isn't genius, but it sure hits the spot when you've got a craving for some honest, quality bistro fare. New Yorkers are used to crowds, and therefore to waiting in line, organized chaos, and to being surrounded by restaurant patrons who care more about seeing and being seen than the $20+ appetizer upon which they nosh, simply just to "whet their appetite." However, Balthazar serves its purpose as the perfect balance between a sceney venue and an intimate, pleasant dining experience--there's enough going on so that all senses are engaged. Something about dining there makes me feel more alive than at an elaborate restaurant elsewhere; it's about embracing being part of the machine that is New York, of going with the flow, of appreciating uncomplicated and reasonably priced cuisine, and enjoying being young and full of vitality (one who possesses the mental capacity to enjoy one's food AND the lively atmosphere which surrounds it). Enjoying your experience at Balthazar exudes, in part, the same type of attitude that it takes to truly appreciate New York.
Did not meet expectations
By Dublinfiona on 5/30/2007
I think this restuarant is one of those places that has been so hyped up, that people are afraid to say the truth anymore and just go with the flow. My experencie was one of feeling like a sardine in a tin can, the air conditioning did not meet the needs of the room or the amount of people stuffed into it. The food was fine, but only average. The drinks from the bar left a lot to be desired, my cosmopoliton had to be returned as it was in my opinion missing some key ingrediants, the same can be said for the applemartini's~ basically a little tight on alcohol. Very disappointing. I would recommend spending your money elsewhere. However, our waitor was very nice, but I'm afraid that's not really enough I think!
Amazing French Food
By savvylady on 10/22/2005
This place has a great energy, have a couple drinks at the bar while you wait for your reserved table, as it could be a while. The seafood is so good and fresh. Even the brunch menu makes you feel like you are in Paris, with the fresh baked pastries.
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