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Balthazar

80 Spring St., New York, NY, 10012
at Crosby St.
212-965-1414

Avg. Rating

8
Food: 8
Service: 7
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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80% would go back.

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Much Less Than Expected

By aveglia on 5/17/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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Why OH Why

By annapoet on 2/28/2003

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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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350 out of 764 people found this review helpful.

Nice ambiance but stressed waitor

By Mioz on 8/28/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

We got a table right away even though we didn't have any reservations, and the wait for the food was moderate. Maybe I expected more on my plate than just fries and a steak, some veggies would be nice, but what I got was good. If you are sensitive about service I wouldn't expect much from this place, the waiter wasn't honestly nice but made an effort.. Overall, the setting is great and the food was alright but they could use more waiters so that a guest feel welcomed.

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191 out of 378 people found this review helpful.

Not Worth The Attitude

By HSatinov1 on 9/24/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

My guest and I arrived within a few minutes of each other, a tad early for a dinner reservation. We each commented on the terrible attitude of the hostess and her assistant. She purported to be unaware of the reservation, though it was staring in her face. She was rude, and her assistant seated us in a far off cul-de-sac, without bothering to hide his condescension. The food was unremarkable, expensive and served too quickly. I'd give it a miss.

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205 out of 369 people found this review helpful.

The WORST dining experience I have ever had!

By opo on 8/1/2011

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

First off I would like to beginning saying that I am not some frustrated customer holding a grudge at the waiting staff because of a "disrespectful attitude". I am writing this review because I could not receive more disrespect than with the food they serviced me, especially along with their prices. Here's a list of why I hated this place so badly. 1- I sat squeezed in between two other couples. I was very uncomfortable. 2-I got hot water. You get ice even in the Mcdonalds in your drink. 3-I got butter served to me cold and stiff. 4-I got really bad bread that I could hardly chew. They have a bakery next door! __I ordered the goat cheese tart as a starter. It was decent___________ *5- Here's the kicker- So I ordered the pork belly because I wanted something different then just steak, hamburgers, or fish and it was the only pork item on the menu (I am not overly crazy about duck). Right when you get this thing the smell right you and you already feel sick.Ok, it smelled bad but I ordered it so I ate it. Pork belly, evidently, is ALL fat but fat is supposed to good, is it not? This fat certainly was not, the texture was sloppy, wet, and felt so heavy on your tongue and in your stomach. It tasted like an old sweaty shoe sole. It made me want to puke and I almost did. At some point I could even get it down my throat and had to spit out the piece in my mouth. ALL ITEMS SHOULD BE EDIBLE! Also the Branzino was not very good either. In short, DON'T GO!

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112 out of 239 people found this review helpful.

Late night haven

By Exuparem on 1/28/2003

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Balthazar is so New York. It comes onto the scene with all the hype and fanfare, then it's overrun by tourists, then it is reclaimed by locals. The food at Balthazar was never terribly exciting to me, but it does have ambiance. When you have the late night munchies and don't want to share your space with visitors from Arkansas, late night Balthazar still holds charm.

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I just don't get the attraction!

By skyblu on 6/11/2004

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

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)

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Did not meet expectations

By Dublinfiona on 5/30/2007

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

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!

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618 out of 1270 people found this review helpful.

MUST SEE

By globalchris32 on 1/28/2003

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

A bar scene right out of sex and the city, an atmosphere that shouts Trendy!! Seafood worth tasting and pating for! overall costly but worth it!! Make this place a special events evening out!

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396 out of 791 people found this review helpful.

Never again!

By LindaB on 7/23/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Bland food, rushed service, hostess big attitude, cramped seating, noisy and overpriced! I will not be returning here.....

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