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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 121 reviews)

3.935
Food 4.1 Value 3.5
Service 4.0 Atmosphere 4.0

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 965-1414
voice
(212) 965-1785
Fax:
fax
(212) 343-1274
Website:
www.balthazarny.com
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx, DC
Hours:
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
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
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 Chris Z. on 07/20/2014

    Outstanding evening

    Food is exceptional. Little dim for my taste, but very welcoming! Wait staff is extremely friendly and encourage you to try new and exciting dishes prepared by the chef! Love it! Returning to NY on 8/9 and Balthazar's will definitely be one of my list of places to revisit!

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 06/29/2014

    An Absolutely Stellar Experience!!

    I had not been to Balthazar in ages, but when a friend came to visit from Arkansas, I thought immediately of brunch there. However, when she read some of the latest reviews (many negative, see below), she was pretty skeptical. Our experience was the complete opposite. We were seated immediately at a comfortable banquette, and our waiter couldn't have been nicer. Excellent dishes arrived quickly, and hot! Our eggs were perfectly poached which, to my mind, is one test of a good restaurant. When I called the maitre d' over to thank him, he sent a plate of lovely profiteroles in return. We absolutely couldn't have been happier. Highly recommended for both locals and visitors!!

  • Balthazar

    Posted by SoHo Gourmand on 05/07/2014

    Less Comfortable Than A Subway Ride During Rush Hour

    If you like a noisy, overcrowded restaurant with mediocre food at ridicoulous prices and an uncaring (indeed, snobby) wait staff -- this is the place for you. If you prefer a relaxed dining experience with delicious food and attentive service, there are dozens of better restaurants in the City (there are even more than a dozen better restaurants within a 15 block radius of Balthazar). A ride on a crowded subway during rush hour is more comfortable than having seven people crammed into a table for four.

  • 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.

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