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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 jdknyc on 01/14/2009

    Craving the Steak Tar Tar

    I have been to Balthazar on multiple occasions and always enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere! The steak tar tar is my favorite in the city and everything else that I have had has been excellently prepared. I hope that people will remember that the restaurant is modelled after a French Brasserie and is therefore meant to be slightly informal and full of life. The energy helps make the place. And the service is fantastic! The last time I was there in December, I did not have a reservation and arrived with a group wanting to have dinner at around 8 pm. I explained to the host that it was probably one of the worst days of my life (I had been diagnosed with Cancer that day) and really needed a great martini and the steak tar tar. He managed to find us a table and when I was leaving and thanked him he asked if he could hug me and wished me all the best. I had surgery on Dec. 22nd and have not yet been able to go back, but plan to when I can!!!

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/13/2009

    Sitlll a Destination Restaurant

    After so many years as a "hip" restaurant, Balthazar bears the risk of becoming a cliché. So we were delightfully surprised to find the food delicious, the service exemplarily and the atmosphere during the Xmas holidays nothing less than festive. As a regular of Paris bistros in Paris, I still found Balthazar worth a journey to visit while in New York.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Flying Scotsman on 11/12/2008

    Spoilt for Choice

    I've been to Balthazar many times with family, friends and business colleagues. It is best when quiet (if it ever is) because week-ends are crazy, and eating in the cafe (bar) area and having numerous people back into your table, food and other parts is offputting. The atmosphere is good, it is obviously in some British tourist guides, the food passable but not brilliant. The wine list is exceptionally good and creme brulee worth having. The waiting staff are great, but the suits and lbd's at the door should understand the customer/establishment relationship. If you go on Sunday try and be there before 10, Saturday mid day is a lottery and you could be almost sitting on someone's lap. Try the bar stools if there are some free. I guess if people are lining up 4 deep to throw money none of that matters for now, but with a recession it will change.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by K.G. on 11/11/2008


    I went to Balthazar for my birthday last Saturday and the food was great. I ordered short ribs with mashed potatoes (the Saturday special) and it was amazing. Even though we sat in the bar area to save on wait time the service was great. I cannot wait to go again!

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/13/2008

    Not worth the money

    This place is not worth the money. The portions are very small and the service is a joke. I cannot recommend this place.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Local on 08/25/2008

    I wish I didn't know about this

    I have had 1 breakfast, 2 lunches and a dinner here, each one was worst than the last. Who is writing about this place to give it such a reputation? I know that the atmosphere and people watching is a big part of the appeal for Balthazar but many of these patrons appear to be off-duty clowns trying not to be clowns but failing to do so. I got to give the baker and/or pastry chef a great deal of credit, they have a wonderful, crusty bread, and fabulous deserts.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by O.P. on 07/15/2008

    Too much hype

    Yes, this place is a New York landmark, but it gets so overcrowded and loud during lunch, it's impossible to enjoy yourself. The service is great and the food is good. The sea bass salad is fantastic, but the grilled vegetables are really, really oily. Good wine selection, though. You should go to Balthazar at least once, just to say you've been there, but it's too hyped up.

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