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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 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.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/29/2007

    Still good after all these years

    Great food, great service.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Ron Santo on 09/29/2007

    Perfect Imitation French

    Obviously the interior is stunning and the service is great, but the real thrill is that the scene doesn't detract from the food. No one had a single complaint; everything we ordered was done well. Couple this consistency with a great wine and shellfish selection and you have a winner. The trout is one of the best seafood dishes I have ever had.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by dough on 07/03/2007

    Balthazar Rocks!

    This is our special occasion place, we've been going for years and it never disappoints. Excellent service, once our friends were 45 minutes late, on a Saturday night mind you, we were given our table immediately without that "wait for your entire party" nonsense and never rushed, Eurpoean service in that regard. We spent at least 4 hours there that night. Very friendly staff, never "snooty". We have brought our young children there as well, it's surprisingly family friendly for a somewhat fancy restaurant and since it's kind of loud the kids blend in and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. My only slight complaint is that their champagne could be a lot colder. ALL of the food is delicious. My husband loves the braised short ribs, the Saturday special. Don't miss the goat cheese and onion tart as an appetizer. Everybody I take there loves it. Enjoy!

  • Balthazar

    Posted by raisin on 06/27/2007

    just another bistro for tourists

    My husband and I ate dinner and were disappointed with the terrible service, although the food was OK. He liked the chicken, and I ordered beef, which was a bad cut and tough to chew. However the spinach was good. I think their specialty is french fries, as they are everywhere you look. You will be rushed to finish your food and not served bread unless you request it. Don't come here for a relaxing meal.

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