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80 Spring St., New York, NY, 10012
at Crosby St.
Divine, divine, divine...
By helly05 on 4/4/2005
Went there on a Friday night-it was incredibly packed. We must have gotten the last table (cramped in the corner) in the entire restaurant! The noise level made it hard to talk intimately but the food and decor more than made up for it. The ambient lighting made everything look like a sepia-drenched old-fashioned pic; just a beautifully-appointed restaurant. I had the escargots, duck confit and chocolate pot de creme for dessert...soooo perfect! With appetizer, entree, dessert and (1) drink per person (2 total) our tab came out to not quite $200, incl. tip. Pricey yes, but couldn't have been more worth it for the overall experience.
Great steak frite but noisy at times
By kabasan on 11/2/2004
This place is always busy and at times too noisy. sometimes service suffers. Nice bistro feel and food. Can feel like you are in Paris if they allowed smoking.
By Carol on 8/5/2004
We visited Balthazar for Sunday brunch on our first visit to NYC. Several people from home had recommended the restaurant and we were thrilled we followed up on their suggestion! Great atmosphere - tables close together - a bit noisy, but seemed very much like a Paris bistro. We ordered fresh squeezed orange juice and two different kinds of eggs benedict (traditional & smoked salmon). Both meals were to die for! Also got a side order of their famous bacon (3 strips) and we were not disappointed. Followed up with the warm chocolate cake and white choc ice cream - as yummy as could be. While the meal was a bit pricey for bfast, ($61 w/ tip), we loved every scrumptious bite. Afterwards, we stopped in their bakery and got some choc chip walnut cookies to go. Two days later they were still moist! We snacked on them a bit every day. Great service - attentive and quick. Great area to explore after eating, too! We will definitely return the next time we're in NYC!!
I just don't get the attraction!
By skyblu on 6/11/2004
I took a friend to Balthazar for a special Sunday brunch. We had heard such great things, but ended up very disappointed. First, the service was TERRIBLE. We didn't get our coffee until after our entrees had arrived. And the food was mediocre at best. I ordered the Eggs Florentine which was not well described on the menu and was completely not what I had anticipated. Plus, the poached eggs on top were hard and not runny. My friend ordered the puff pastry, she was happier but not overjoyed. I can think of several better brunch options, places with good service and food, and that don't charge $15 for 2 eggs! (Try Elephant & Castle or Cafeteria)
If the Food Wasnt as Fabulous as it is I would still go back just to watch the rich and famous!!
By thelovebelow on 5/20/2004
Last Week I experienced Balthazar. I hadn't been there in ages. Close by was Anne Heche (stage actress), Roger Kirby (Attorney turned Playwrite), Nicole Kidman (Hollywood Oscar Actress), I could hardly talk to those at my table because of the company surrounding us. It was wonderful because as the night goes on til three in the morning it becomes a social party. Wonderful Fun.
By Uplange on 3/24/2004
Good example of a French brasserie, including the noise level.. It is too noisy and busy... so if you want a quiet sunday brunch, not the place to go... But if you want some original French food (although too expensive) go there. The bakery next door is divine..
By maryboyer on 7/23/2003
If one hasn't been to France, Balthazar is the closest thing you could get. From the food to the decor, it's close to perfect. Balthazar waiters are even more attentive and friendlier than actual french waiters.
Balty's be Mine
By marieviljoen on 4/10/2003
I am in love. It's the shellfish towers. The plateaux which fool me into thinking I'm in Geneva on a freezing winter night, sipping cold wine and eating oyster after oyster. It's the mellow lighting. The divine flowers. The smiling face of the waiter who remembers me and seems not to regret it. It's the perfect frites accompanying, of all things, my crab mayonaisse. It's the onion soup and glass of rose one early spring afternoon. It's the hush of Vivaldi-fied breakfast and the cup of foamy latte. It's the gratinated artichoke and egg brunch. It's the professionalism of non-overbearing service. It's the way you can get a table without having reserved one. It's the private phone number. It's not the steak, which has to be the worst in town. Never eat the steak. If you do, you deserve it. The revamped breakfast alarms me. What types will it draw? Sausages and bacon. In the week? Oh dear. We'll see.
A true Parisian brasserie
By zeecee on 3/16/2003
We've been fans of Balthazar since its inception, intrigued by how authentic it feels, the fries served in a cone with mayo, the quality of the food, the ambiance and decor (wonderful art nouveau mirrors, zinc bar, tile floor), the staff, etc. The bar is always buzzing with young, Soho types. The restaurant is generally filled, so the noise level can be problematic. The food is terrific, whether it's the steak tartare, the steak au poivre, the roast chicken for two (presented to you before being served), raw shellfish platters, etc. Prices are what you'd expect - perhaps $60 or so for dinner. They serve cheap wine in carafes or you can order something more special. Desserts are worth the calories, so save room. If you come by car, parking eases up around 7 p.m.
Why OH Why
By annapoet on 2/28/2003
Does this place have people that keep coming back? The waiters are SO RUDE that you feel like you are interrupting their gossip time. The food is always warm…. When it should be cold, it's warm, and when it should be hot, it's warm. And yes, like every other sucker, I'll be back on Sunday with my paper for more rudeness!
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