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  • French, Bistro
  • 80 Spring St, New York NY10012 40.722659 -73.998182
  • (Btwn Broadway & Crosby St)
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  • (212) 965-1414
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User Ratings (Based on 118 reviews)

Food 4.1 Value 3.6
Service 4.0 Atmosphere 4.1

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 965-1414
(212) 965-1785
(212) 343-1274
Visa, MC, AmEx, DC
Breakfast Mon-Fri: 7:30am-11:30am Sat-Sun: 8am-9am Lunch Mon-Fri: 12pm-5pm Dinner & After Hours Mon-Thu: 6pm-12am Fri-Sat: 6pm-1am Sun: 5:30pm-12am Brunch Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Group Dining, Open Late, People Watching, Prix Fixe, Romantic, Trendy, Happy Hour, Raw Bar, Bar Scene, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Taylor on 01/16/2014

    Avoid this tourist trap at all costs!

    My girlfriend spends a lot of time in NYC for her fashion job, and naturally she had heard the buzz surrounding this restaurant and was keen to go. Right from the beginning the service left a sour taste in my mouth. The hostess was surly and dismissive, and the whole front area was crammed with 20+ people waiting for tables. This gross overpopulation filled the rest of the space where tables were spaced so close together that you had to keep your elbows tightly to your side the entire time for fear of bumping into your neighbour. Our waitress was unpleasant and hurried, most likely because she was overworked, so I forgave her for that. Our drinks were late and wrong, our appetizer was late, and our meals were late. I had spent my college years working as a waiter in a fine dining restaurant, so I'm sensitive to how stressful the job can be, and always try to be pleasant. But given the price and the reputation of this place I felt completely let down. The food was mediocre at best, portions extremely small even for fine dining. She forgot several items of ours and our neighbours, one poor woman who had to send her food back twice because of a mistake. I wanted to speak with the manager about the poor food and service but after battling and shoving through the mob of people at the front to get our coats, I lost the will. As a last slight, the boy who brought us our coats rudely told us that normally people give him 5% for his service. It was a terribly disappointing experience and one I hope never to repeat. There are a plethora of incredibly delicious and well priced restaurants in the city, do a little searching and ask around. Avoid this tourist trap at all costs.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Donna on 09/03/2013

    Very disappointed

    I wanted to let them know how disappointed I was. I ordered scrambled eggs in puff pastry with asparagus & mushrooms for $19. There were maybe 6 small pieces of asparagus but a reasonable amout of mushrooms. No sauce, no seasoning & the puff pastry's bottom was so tough I ended up using a steak knife to try to cut it. Nothing about this dish was special. Plus our guests steak (steak frittes one) was too tough to finish. It was embarrassing to have brought our French friends here. The staff was very nice.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Swithin on 01/04/2013

    Living off an undeserved reputation

    I hadn't been to Balthazar for years and went back recently. I found it noisy, overpriced, and mediocre. I had a pretty good soup. The main course -- Coulibiac (generally a dish I love) -- was disappointing. I had Pavlova for dessert. I had never met a Pavlova I didn't like -- until Balthazar. There were many people there with babies in carriages, so it seems a good option if that's important to you. There's an attendant in the men's room, I don't understand why. The room is too small for that, and I don't know (I could be wrong) that's it's traditional in French bistros! The wait staff was very pleasant.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by anonymous on 12/09/2011

    Little Overpriced but good

    Excellent food, healthy, and baked items are fabulous! But $7 for a small cup of french onion soup that is not knock-your-socks off different from any other french onion I have tasted is a bit irritating. Salads are a bit small, but VERY good. But, $45 for an apple sponge cake is absurd. Ironically though, single serving baked items are reasonably priced however. Odd pricing. Good food.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by codyBlue on 08/01/2011

    Best Steak Au Poivre in City

    We go here quite often and have always loved it for years. Great food and about the most attentive service to be found in the city....runs like a clock.....from appetizer to desert....there seems to be a server/runner for each item and all arrive in perfect timing....a great feat in itself given the size of Balthazar....hats off to Keith and his entire staff I say.....and oh yea, the folks that moan about a lackluster steak should kick up a few more bucks for the Steak AuPoivre.....it's about the best in the city.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Jen on 03/08/2011

    Suprisingly Kid Friendly!

    We had breakfast at Balthazar twice, and just wanted to say thanks to the wait staff for being so friendly and helpful with our 2 year old daughter. I highly recommend Balthazar for breakfast with a toddler - the food is great - a treat for mom and dad, plus lots of egg/toast options good for kids. The place has a great buzz to it which means noise is no problem, plus I think it opens at 7:30am, so perfect for those early risers. Definitely a nice way to get a bit of NYC but still toddler friendly. Enjoy!

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Mike on 12/23/2010

    Just a great place hey!

    Our main dishes (steak frites and seared organic salmon) were right on! Service was timely, and the atmosphere, along with the action, a feast for the eyes!

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