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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 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.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Jimmski on 06/17/2007

    Not Disappointed

    I tried to get in here a year ago without a reservation and waited an hour before leaving disappointed. But this time I got a reservation. Great place, always busy (reservations a must!), great food. Good value for us Brits at the moment. So why not give it full marks? 1) Waiters kept hitting my chair as they went past. 2) The wine waiter got cork in the taster's glass and the table wine was nothing special (a Shiraz/Grenache blend). 3) They have a man in the toilets who you have to tip for passing you a towel! None of these spoiled the experience but no.3 particularly annoyed me. I can understand the present of a toilet attendant in a nightclub but they have no place in a restaurant! Its not necessary. I'm a big boy and I can pick up a paper towel myself. Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Not a place for an intimate meal though - its too busy and noisy for that. But the dishes are simple and exceedingly tasty. I had the (what I thought might be a bit boring) trout with asparagus, walnuts, spinach and puy lentils. But it was gorgeous (as was the goat's cheese tart and profiteroles). Top nosh.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by CuisineCrazy on 06/12/2007

    The Ultimate Bistro

    I have been dining here a few times a year since it opened. If a restaurant can feel like an old friend, Balthazar is one. The menu has never changed. The decor is the same. Much of the staff has been here for years. You always know what to expect and that is excellence. Yes, you can be wowed by the simplicity of the selections. Perfect steak frites. Loin of lamb. Any chicken dish. The fish. The raw shellfish selections. Balthazar has the feel of a neighborhood place, whether SoHo or the 6th arrondissement. Don't expect fireworks here; anticipate French bistro comfort-food and you'll be rewarded.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by janwob on 05/05/2007

    Very impressive

    I've only been here once and I loved it. The dining room is visually impressive and the atmosphere is buzzing. A late supper here last week was really enjoyable. We started with a glass of champage and a blood-orange martini. The martini was the only low point - it was just way too strong and I couldn't drink it. When our wine arrived, I asked the waiter to take the glass away (I wasn't going to complain) and he noticed how little I'd drank, asked how it was and when I said that it was just a little too strong for my taste he took it off the bill, which I appreciated. It may seem like a little thing, but this was discretely done and demonstrates the quality of the service. Food was generally good - the Balthazar salad with truffle dressing was light and well balanced. A fois gras terrine was fine, if unexceptional. Main courses were much better: a steak au poivre was amazing and the skate wing was perfectly cooked and utterly delicious. We were too full to have anything else. Our bill was around $170 which is quite a bit, but we did have a relatively expensive bottle of wine. The experience was probably worth it though.

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