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  • French, Bistro
  • 80 Spring St, New York NY10012 40.72277 -73.998246
  • (Btwn Broadway & Crosby St)
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  • (212) 343-1274
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User Ratings (Based on 121 reviews)

Food 4.1 Value 3.5
Service 4.0 Atmosphere 4.0

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 343-1274
(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, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Bar Scene, Brunch, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Late Night, Online Reservations, People Watching, Private Parties, Prix Fix Menus, Raw Bar, Romantic, Trendy, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • 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.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by persianchick on 06/11/2008

    Another great meal

    We booked a table for a special meal and were not disappointed. As always, the service was excellent and the food was delicious. The atmosphere remains perfectly Parisian (except the friendliness of the service!). Meat is their specialty and it was up to their usual standard. The servings are large - neither my husband nor I was able to finish ours. The goat cheese tart was light and fluffy. The french fries are crisp and flavorful, and the spinach luscious. The after-dinner list of spirits is first rate I had an excellent madeira at a reasonable price. The place is always hopping, making the large room noisy but full of energy.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Gus McKay on 06/04/2008

    Atmosphere + Food + Service

    On vacation from New Zealand, my brother and I came to Balthazar on his proviso, and was not at all dissapointed. First were aware there would be some waiting time, but what the hey! 20 minutes at the bar was long enough for a beer and listen to some girls at a nearby table talking absolute nonsense. Then to our table. Tiny. Squeezed in between another traveller on his THIRD platter of oysters, and a plain looking couple bitching about who pays most of the mortgage. Who cares, we're in New York! Atmosphere was a-buzzin', waitress vivacious, helpful and foxy. Bro had a big piece of cow. I had the skate wing with capers and long beans. Delicious! Wines outrageous on the senses, then cognac until slightly slurring of the words. Waitress now looked even foxier. Everytime we passed the place it was always full. The reason? Book a table at Balthazar and find out!!

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/26/2008

    disappointed, will NEVER came back

    The biggest disappointment I've had during my 6 months in NY. First food: really nothing special, duck was dry and already coldish. French fries.. better go to McDonalds. Service: 3 waiters were serving us and they were totally confused, we had to wait so long for everything, even the water. I just wanted to leave ASAP. There are hundreds of better places to eat and enjoy in Manhattan.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/19/2008

    Among the best of NYC

    The food, atmosphere and service were all excellent. I would agree with the previous reviewer that the atmosphere, while loud, makes it what it is and is part of the charm. Undoubtedly the best steak frites in NYC, exceptional ravioli, very fresh fish and great bread with proper butter! Our waitress could not have been more attentive or pleasant. The dessert (warm chocolate cake) was also delicious!

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