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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 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.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Upper Eazy Foodie on 04/30/2007

    Wonderful

    Everything that i've ever had here has been delicious, from their ceviche to the steak tartare to the steak frites and desserts and bread next door. The atmopshere is loud and fun and I had a great time drinking bellini's here on New Year's Eve. It's a New York institution and it's no wonder why, it's priced fairly, the food is amazing and it's a fun place. I really want to come here for breakfast as well in the near future.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Anonymous on 04/29/2007

    ladies night

    My girl friends and I decided to celebrate our birthdays at Balthazar this evening. The beet salad and goat cheese appetizer was superb along w/ the desserts. The wine was a great value. The skate and stripe bass was nothing to brag about it. I nibbled on my friend’s short rib special THAT WAS AMAZING! I also tried a bite of my friend’s steak frittes which was...... average. I thought the atmosphere was cool and the service was outstanding. We ordered dessert and the waiters took it upon themselves to place candles in them. I'm glad I paid a visit to this Soho staple but not so sure if I would go back. I feel their sister place" Schiller's" is better and less expensive and a bit less touristy!

  • Balthazar

    Posted by Foodie Sisters on 04/26/2007

    Highly recommended

    My sisters birthday dinner was superb. We arrived 20 min. early & were seated immediately. The food & service top notch (pate, beet salad, mussels, lamb, carafe of cote du Rhone, warm chocolate cake w/ice cream). Unfortunately, someone who arrived for dinner, already drunk, sat next to us and proceeded to knock over two full glasses of champagne & some water. The wait staff and hostess immediately came over to clean up, apologized and repeatedly asked if were okay and offered to pay our dry cleaning bills. We said not necessary, and we ordered one dessert to share. Well they sent over two desserts and comped both of them for our inconveniece without our even asking. And they cut off bar service to that table, so the party proceeded to leave. Now that's great service.

  • Balthazar

    Posted by TT on 03/11/2007

    Very satisfied

    after hearing so much about this place...we decided to give it a shot last nite. The 4 of us walked in with no reservation, and was told that the wait would prob be ~ 2 hours for a table, but we could check the bar area and see if we could be seated there. Within 15 minutes, we managed to snatch 4 seats at the bar. We ordered some drinks and appetizers, everything were great. The bartenders were so attentive and entertaining (they kept cracking sarcastic jokes). Tried the "Le Grand" seafood appetizers, if you're in a big group, you won't be dissappointed. The steak tartare was also great....we loved everything. And for a restaurant with that great of a level of food & service, we thought the bill was very reasonable as well. Would definitely come here again!

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