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80 Spring St., New York, NY, 10012
at Crosby St.
Why Balthazar is so great
By MC_NYer on 12/27/2009
The food is delicious, the ambience superb, but the key ingredient in what continues to make Balthazar an exceptional restaurant is the gracious and very attentive service of everyone from the maitre d's to the wait staff and chef. It's easy to rate a restaurant for the usual and expected, but what really counts is when the unexpected happens--and how the staff handles it that really leaves a lasting impression. Last evening's celebratory dinner with a friend was one of the latter situations, and everyone on the staff couldn't have handled it any better--and that's what sets apart a great restaurant from one that doesn't seem to care about their customers. Keith McNally gets it right, his staff gets it--and that's why Balthazar deserves 5 stars!
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
French Onion Soup
By Jock on 12/3/2002
Balthazar has the est French Onion soup I have ever had. A definite must!
Delicious and so much fun
By amybrill on 3/27/2011
Sat with a friend at the end of the bar and had great service on a crazy busy Saturday night. We just wanted to eat some dinner after a long day of shopping but ended up having a really fun night -- thanks to the great service provided by the bartender. First we split the lobster risotto then I had the bar steak. It was perfectly cooked, but could have used more seasoning. The bearnaise sauce was a great compliment to the flavor of the steak. My friend had the roasted chicken with crispy spaetzle. The chicken was moist and tender and the skin was crispy. He was very happy. We split the caramelized ricotta, banana tart with vanilla ice cream which we doused in chocolate sauce. It was over the top but too good to pass up. Wines by the glass served with each of the courses added to the experience. Can't wait to go back. But maybe during the week when it's less crowded.
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
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