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Balthazar

French Restaurant

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Balthazar394.5
brunch • fries • steak • oysters

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  • Photo of Sophie L
    a year ago
    French-American bistro 'still one of the hottest restaurants in town'
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  • Photo of Jennifer Watts
    a year ago
    French and does brunch
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  • Photo of Raja H
    2 years ago
    Came here with Sam and Ben for the Full English Breakfast before work. Had a small argument with Sam about how terrible classic British food is a few days ago, so he insisted we have a full English Bfast. Balthazar, no surprise, does a great meal.
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  • Photo of Vicki Chan
    2 years ago
    Brunch
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  • Photo of Bobby Flay Fan Club
    When I want a steak frites or coq au vin, I go to Balthazar.
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  • Photo of Hotel on Rivington
     For a coffee and a treat.
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  • Photo of Elizabeth Burstein
    Omg the fruit tart...
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  • Photo of Citymaps
    2 years ago
    80 Spring St New York, NY 10012 (212) 965-1785 Where to get nice bread including rye-bread. I love their pastries.
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  • Photo of Citymaps
    2 years ago
    80 Spring St New York, NY 10012 This French bistro is pefect for spotting celebs, and it also has great food. Celebrities ranging from Jerry Seinfeld to Martha Stewar have eaten at this restaurant.
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  • Photo of Nantini Rauch
    3 years ago
    Rare burger..... Yum
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  • Photo of Nantini Rauch
    3 years ago
    Martinis, oysters, escargots, pot de creme
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  • Photo of Nantini Rauch
    3 years ago
    escargots and martini
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  • Photo of Nantini Rauch
    3 years ago
    Rare burger..... Yum
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  • Photo of Nantini Rauch
    3 years ago
    Martinis, oysters, escargots, pot de creme
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  • Photo of Nantini Rauch
    3 years ago
    escargots and martini
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  • Photo of Hanne Tretli
    3 years ago
    Bra spisested
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  • Photo of Micheal Bell
    3 years ago
    Oh shit
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  • Photo of Paula Cohen
    3 years ago
    Try the fig tarts. Absolutely delicious!
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  • Photo of Bob Matsuoka
    3 years ago
    Dresden Stollen - When you don't have the time or dedication required for a full steak-frites feast at Balthazar proper, swing by the takeout bakery next door to pick up this sweet, Christmasy treat.
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  • Photo of PA Carr
    3 years ago
    French bistro. Breakfast, lunch or dinner. Always a favourite.
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  • Photo of gelman
    5 months ago
    I really wanted to like this place more. For me, it was not worth the effort or money. The ambience is awesome. It's not one of those places that is decorated to look old. It actually is old. It's worth a visit, just to sit inside and enjoy the actual restaurant. I had the Eggs Florentine and my wife had a Brioche French Toast. The Eggs Florentine were good, but not great. The French Toast was another story. It was dry, and the crust tasted sort of burnt. I have a feeling they use day old bread to make this dish. Or maybe 3 day old bread from the way it tasted. The chocolate croissant was stale tasting too. It was neither pillowy nor crisp. It wasn't buttery either. It was like a bad version of the Trader Joe's croissant. It's a little pricey to most of the dishes are close to $20 or more. Went on a Saturday morning around 8:30. Was able to get a table right away, but a few minutes later a family came in and they were told the wait would be around 30 minutes. There were a bunch of open tables. Staffing problems? Speaking of the staff, they were very attentive. They came around multiple times to see how things were. Tip: There is a Balthazar bakery next-door where everything looked better and cheaper.
  • Photo of Dee_mon87
    5 months ago
    We had the steak and the duck for our mains (they were huge!!) and they were absolutely beautiful. The duck literally just fell off the bone and melted in your mouth. The steak was cooked to absolute perfection. It took awhile for our waitress to warm up (being an Aussie, I'm not used to the arrogance of New Yorkers lol) but she was cool towards the end and took a photo for us! Besides the staff not being overly friendly (which isn't uncommon for New York) they were very good at their jobs and the service was excellent. The atmosphere is just so warm and beautiful. We had a great time and would go back next time we're visiting for sure!
  • Photo of Kellie S
    5 months ago
    Balthazar is not cheap but definitely worth every cent. We had such a fabulous lunch here! We started off with half a dozen west point oysters - so fresh, large in size and tasted delicious. Our lovely server was incredibly helpful with wine selection and we settled on a bottle of sparkling. For mains, we had the shrimp linguine and the steak frites. The linguine was cooked to perfection! My friend asked for her steak to be cooked medium rare but it came out quite rare. The server offered to send it back to the kitchen but we declined. Without prompting, she relayed it to the supervisor who provided us with a complimentary chocolate dessert to make up for it. Exceptional service which made our experience even more delightful. Cannot fault the team and would definitely dine here again.
  • Photo of Garson H
    5 months ago
    I took my daughter for her birthday for late dinner, after a concert. I had been at Balthazar recently and had the Seafood Tower - which I really enjoyed. I thought she would enjoy this so went - the shellfish was dry; the oysters were very small... it was not even close to the quality that I had experienced 2 months ago. Not sure that I'd rush back nor recommend it. FYI... service was very good!
  • Photo of peony09
    5 months ago
    We were happy to eat breakfast on Sunday at this place. It was so crowded and noisy and the tables were so tiny and very close to each other. People, waiters were nice but you could not hear each other when you talk. Even when the waiter asked me my order, I had to repeat for him to hear. Amazing though because people were poring in. To me this place is so over rated and prices are high. For an apple Pancake, one croissant, OJ, two coffees , cappuccino were 95.00 including tip. The Balthazar bakery is just next door. Just get a cup of coffe and croissant next door, probably 8.00!
  • Photo of isbear
    5 months ago
    Overall almost excellent especially if you want a European fix after sometime in the Big Apple. Have a couple of cocktails at the bar before taking your table with tip and you'll lose $45 without trouble...but good! Then to table, the entrees as we would call then were escargot (bizarre mixture not garlic garlic and parsley but ruined by excess added lemon and shallots) and the onion soup without enough onions and too much cheese (try less is more). Steak frites great! Bearnaise sauce should have been been with more butter and tarragon. Atmosphere and ambiance 10 stars.
  • Photo of Darralyne
    5 months ago
    We visited Balthazar Soho on recommendation from friends. It lived up to expectations and then some. The food was excellent, the staff friendly and professional and the ambiance wonderful.
  • Photo of 1879fulham
    5 months ago
    The original Balthazar! What a place. Have been here before and also to their sister restaurant in London. This is a very popular restaurant and was heaving when my group arrived. After taking drinks we were then efficiently taken to our table with the minimum of fuss. Service was very friendly and slick and the menu was full of old favourites.. My group really enjoyed their time here and loved the bustling atmosphere. I very much recommend you visit. If you do - book ahead. The only downside was how expensive this restaurant seems to have become. Everything from the escargots to the braised ribs (which was delicious by the way) seemed to be around 25% higher.than it really should have been when compared to some of their other local competitors . Even the Balthazar restaurant in London which shares all of the positive attributes I have highlighted here for this restaurant is certainly better value in that respect.
  • Photo of Dpatakos112
    5 months ago
    Honestly, I was expecting more. The service was on point. Ill give it to the staff, but the food was not above par. I cannot recall what I had for a starter, (it was that memorable)I had the duck confit for a main, and the potatoes were not cooked all the way. The dessert was delicious. It was a lemon mascarpone mousse and I loved it! I had some tea in lieu of coffee with it. The tea was presented nicely. But I would not give the whole experience more than a 3+
  • Photo of ammille
    5 months ago
    Went here for a boozy girls lunch and loved it! We started with oysters (very good) and champagne, and then moved on to the mac & cheese (wow), and the salmon and lox (excellent). It was such a meal to remember! Very classy service/staff, lots of fun people watching (no famous sightings though).
  • Photo of jonas r
    5 months ago
    I am probably from another planet, as people in Planet Earth seem to associate happiness with noise. For me, the level of noise found at Balthazar is absurdly and loudly depressing. People had to scream to be heard by each other. The waiter saluted me in French. I replied in French kindly asking why the Beef Bourguignon was not in the menu. He was very friendly, but admitted he did not understand my question because he could not speak French. Everything else seemed as authentically French as our friendly waiter. In the planet where I come from, a good atmosphere for fine dining would be peaceful and have good value. It would NOT include unecessarily expensive prices and small tables squeezed against each other. The noise level would certainly trigger Environment Protection Agency decibel alarms. The steak here is usually not bad, but my wife and I realized that we might not have enough elbow space to use a knife and a fork. We decided to try the chicken paillard and the grilled dorade, which were reasonable. The fish had its delicate flavour covered by excessive layers of lime and green sauce, while the chicken just tasted like.....chicken. The salad sauce did try to awaken the palate, but the final result remained mediocre. We also found the high prices hard to justify, unless we are also paying for the waiters' French lessons. In summary: too messy and noisy for fine dining. Too pretentious prices for a tavern atmosphere.
  • Photo of Shukile
    5 months ago
    The dishes were excellent We had two different fish dishes which both were delicious The deserts however were disappointing The Creme brülle sandy the lime pie was boring we had a peach pie which was the bet out of the three but also nothing to write home about. It's a very crowded and loud restaurant, acoustics is really bad!!!
  • Photo of BombayGlobetrotter77
    Went on a family trip to New York. We ordered Mac and cheese, eggs benedict Apple pie and creme brulee. Our other mains were good too. Would go again
  • Photo of 300lwmd
    5 months ago
    Very god restaurant, nice and very warm service the atmosphere is outstanding. The food is very good and taste. If you are by this area, is a must, very recommendable.
  • Photo of A TripAdvisor Member
    Fantastic dinners- Steak frites and garlic shrimp- with authentic atmosphere and fine service. All the diners appear to be having a great time.
  • Photo of Zavos
    5 months ago
    Food was nice. Service was good too. The menu had been carefully selected and all seemed to be in good working order.
  • Photo of Nicstoc
    5 months ago
    Staggered in after long morning of walking on a hot day. Beautiful service, food fabulous and old world charm. Highly recommend banana ricotta tart.
  • Photo of John T
    5 months ago
    Very busy night for a Wednesday which seems to have caught the team off guard. Lovely dining room - very Parisian - and the crowd seemed into be into it. Meals were good without being outstanding for the value. Good selection of wine and drinks generally. I've been to better bistros and this unfortunately doesn't stack up for price or service.
  • Photo of Dylan G
    5 months ago
    For a Tuesday evening almost every seat in the house was full, so we knew that was a good sign. We did not make a reservation but were seated immediately which was great. The salad & roasted salmon that I ordered were tasty and seemed quite fresh as well. The one and only small complaint that I have was that during the middle of our meal a giant roach ran across the floor next to our table a few times until one of the waiters stepped on it and killed it. I was not really too shocked about this since it is NYC and probably 90% of restaurants if not more have this, but still a little gross to see while eating! Definitely would be back again!
  • Photo of 809kevinw
    5 months ago
    1st and foremost MAKE A RESERVATION! It's really good and everyone knows about it. Expect busy, efficient and fast paced. Expect a really good menu and equally great taste. Try steak and frites and pasta & shrimp. It's really packed and (somewhat) cramped but it doesn't detract from the appeal. Go.

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