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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 Anonymous on 05/15/2008

    Always a great meal

    Felt obligated to write this review after reading some of the more recent ones. We have eaten at Balthazar many, many times, for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and late dinner after theatre. Although it can be noisy and very crowded, it is part of what makes this place. If you want to have a meal in a romantic or quiet setting, this is not the place for you. However, if you want a consistently great nyc meal with knowledgeable service, then stop by. Yes, it is quite expensive, but I have never had anything but excellent, fresh seafood from the raw bar, impeccably prepared egg dishes for breakfast and lunch, and their saturday short rib special is the definition of comfort food. Add that to staff that are efficient, courteous and very well schooled on wine pairings and you get a pleasant experience every time!

  • Balthazar

    Posted by nicholas on 04/30/2008

    very disappointed

    i was looking forward to this dinner for months, yet after ordering a $360, 3 course meal with my out of town parents, i was full of regret. the waitress was mediocre with an attitude, the steak tartar was the worst i have ever had, and after ordering the most expensive entree on the menu, i recieved a steak au poivre that i didn't even finish. desserts were solid, not great. espresso was the best i've ever had. escargot was pretty good too. however my mother's entree was inedible, but she didn't tell anyone until it was too late. i tried it (duck) and it was not good. i am a waiter and bartender in manhattan and eat out quite a bit. if this place was half as pricey i would have been disappointed. maybe i just got unlucky, but fair warning, balthazars is not immune to providing an unpleasant experience on a friday night. i wont be going back, regretably.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Peter B on 03/23/2008

    Crowded but good

    I went here for a Sunday brunch. I had heard the wait to get seated could be a few hours, so I was pleasantly surprised when they told us only 45 minutes. Once seated I was a bit shocked how close the tables are. I felt like I was eating at the same table with the people around me, but their conversations were funny so it made up for this. Balthazar - here is a tip: please windex the mirrors on the wall, they are filthy. If you have ever been to the cheesecake factory, you will see they copied their layout after this place. The service was good. The food came very fast. The french toast, and the pancakes were excellent. Unfortunately, since it was Sunday at 11AM, we could not order drinks, so keep that in mind if you go on a Sunday. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised.

  • 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!!

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