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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)

3.955
Food 4.1 Value 3.6
Service 4.0 Atmosphere 4.1

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 Christina C on 03/08/2008

    Pleasantly surprised

    I went here expecting it not to be able to live up to its reputation. However, the food, atmosphere and service was top notch. We were told it was going to be a 1 1/2 hour wait (Saturday morning brunch) but we were seated after 15 minutes. The onion soup gratinee is a must-it was the best I've ever had. I also ordered the salad nicoise which was perfectly prepared as ordered (no anchovies) and the dessert of profiteroles was absolutely out of this world. Our check was over 100 dollars for brunch, but with bellinis, coffee and appetizers, entree and dessert, it was absolutely worth every penny. I definitely plan to return.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Graphiker on 02/25/2008

    Balthazar has survived its popularity

    Despite being a hopeless Francophile, I have avoided Balthazar because of its trendiness. I've admired the decor from the outside - un vrai bistro, si charmant. However, a son convinced me to go. I am pleased to say the service was outstanding and the food excellent. The maitre d' coped graciously with the seating difficulties we presented. The waiter was friendly and professional. He was not one of those waiters who you fear will join your party. He was able to suggest an excellent substitute for an unavailable bottle of wine - and was respectful of my budget. True, it's noisy and the tables are close to each other. But I found that contributed to the dining experience. There was a sense of comradeship in the room. There was a shared admiration of the impressive plateaux de fruits de mer from neighboring tables. The food is excellent, and the price quality ratio is most fair. I've spent more for lesser quality. What we especially liked: warm goat cheese and carmelized onion tart blue point oysters warm goat cheese and grilled vegetable salad duck confit linguine with mushroom sauce. I almost hesitate to write this review because I don't want to have to fight crowds to be seated at Balthazar. Sigh. But in the interests of helping my fellow diners find good restaurants and in the interest of keeping an excellent restaurant in the black - here's one diner's opinion.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by JoJo on 01/08/2008

    What has happened to Balthazar?!

    I am, or was, a regular visitor to Balthazar, almost on a weekly basis, but lately it has been appalling. The service has gone so far downhill I am thinking I would get better service in a McDonalds! I was there in December and the waitress was possibly new as she got the wine order wrong, gave it to my guest to taste (when I was clearly the host and had ordered it!), bought the entrees out before we had finished our appetisers and it was generally appalling! Topped off by the fact that she gave the check to my guest who was an important business client! I was embarrassed to be there and went to Pastis 2 days later which was just as bad! I don't know what has happened to these places but I would go elsewhere and not waste your money on what is clearly a restaurant relying on it's reputation...

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Eat and Be Merry on 12/29/2007

    Balth Bazar

    After many positive visits to Balthazar, they finally got us on Christmas eve lunch. Waiter kept intruding every few minutes, in a hurry to take our order and rushing us throughout the meal. (His shift ended as soon as we got our desert and coffee). We ordered our favorite chicken/spaetzle with peppers on the side and 2 tiny, pathetic, dry chicken pieces arrived without any sauce. That dish, along with our salmon were not worth over $35 (inc. tax/tip) each! With a $65 bottle of wine + desert, our almost $200 lunch was spoiled by inept wait service fit for a diner!!

  • Balthazar

    Posted by p&d on 10/30/2007

    Great meal with a friend plus desserts!

    My wonderful friend and I dined here and enjoyed the experience. A reservation is a must or else you'll have to wait a very long time for a table. The decor is reminiscent of a typical french bistro and the seating space can be tight at times especially during a crowded evening. So, if you're a bit on the heavy side then it might be a tight squeeze to sit down in some of these tables. Fortunately, we were escorted to a corner table with nice cushy seats and not a tight squeeze to sit because we very fit especially my friend. For starters, we ordered the escargots and the foie gras. The appetizers tasted fine and cooked just right. The escargots were tasty with some garlic flavor and the foie gras was a nice smooth, creamy texture to spread over the toasted bread. For entrees, I ordered the lamb mixed grill and my friend ordered the duck's pie. The mixed grill contained lamb sausages, lamb chops and grilled lamb meat and each type was a delight to sample. The duck pie sort of caught my friend by surprise because she was expecting a pie with a duck inside....hah! No, actually the dish consisted of duck meat but cooked in the style of a shepherd's pie that's layered together. The highlight of our meal was dessert. My sweet friend ordered the chocolate creme while I ordered the creme brulee. Luckily we shared our desserts and enjoyed these tasty treats quite thoroughly without leaving any behind. They were not overly sweet but the right amount flavor for each. Oh, don't forget to bring a dollar to tip the attendant if you wish to use the bathroom downstairs. It's full service with an attendant to help you with any of your toiletry needs. It's was well worth the buck.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/20/2007

    Unpleasant experience

    Went last night with my bf and he had asked for the steak with no sauce, when it came out the first time it was completely covered in it and my bf politely asked them to correct this, within seconds, a "new" entree came out, however this time it was the exact same steak covered in sauce however it was on a clean plate making it look like it was new. The matre'd was incredibly rude about the whole ordeal which ruined our entire meal. I will not go back, which is a shame because i was a loyal customer.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Roma on 10/11/2007

    Great food, but ....

    Food to die for, excellent, but ... it's a very crowded restaurant, loud, pricey, with long wait if you don't have a reservation. I hate when people seat so close they can see what's on my plate and waiters constantly hit you passing by. If you order coffee refill you wait forever. You don't get that much attention from stuff. Place is so crowded, they just want to seat you anywhere and forget about you. Sunday brunch is not the best time to go there.

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