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Balthazar
Balthazar

Balthazar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.balthazarny.com
  • Phone: (212) 965-1414
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:30am
    Continental Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 10:00am
    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:30am, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
    Late Supper: Friday - Saturday: 12:00am - 1:30am, Sunday: 11:00pm - 12:30am
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Shane McBride
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Crosby
  • Public Transit: Take the R or W to Prince Street, walk one block south to Spring & one block east to Crosby. Or take the 6 to Spring Street & walk one block west to Crosby. You can also take the F or V to Broadway/ Lafayette & walk two blocks south on Broadway & make a left on Spring.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking garage on Prince & Crosby.
A word from Balthazar
Balthazar is a traditional French Brasserie with a bustling railway station atmosphere. Our kitchen serves a variety of meat and poultry dishes including: Duck Shepherds Pie, Roasted Chicken and Steak Frites. Balthazar specializes in seafood with an array of fish entrees and a complete raw oyster and shellfish bar.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was my second visit at Balthazar, and I will definitely go back on my next visit to New York. Great service and great food! It feels like a visit to France ;-)"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "A quaint Soho neighborhood gem, with French flair and style. The oyster raw bar is always fresh and satisfying. Not inexpensive, but always charming and great for breakfast or brunch on a weekend morning. At $15 on their own, the bill won't shock as much if you simply forget about indulging in the Mimosas (but don't forget about the Mimosas, top notch). Whatever the special is, try it - this time it was a strange cod and potato mash that tasted great with the baguette. They poach eggs perfectly here, and the hollandaise is spot on with eggs benedict, and florentine won't disappoint if you need some iron to help cancel out the cholesterol factor :) Finally, the wait staff are young, courteous, sharp, and attentive."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We took my in-laws last weekend for brunch. Delicious food, excellent service."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I was expecting some more French menu. But it was good in general."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Met here for lunch with friends. Great service and tasty food. Service was quick but not rushed and everyone enjoyed the meal. Have visited this restaurant a few times when visiting New York and it's always good."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This restaurant sits right in the heart of Soho. It's a French brassiere style restaurant. The staff is not overly friendly, too bad it would have been a better experience. Food is good however expensive. Loved using Open Table to make my reservations, quick and easy. I would recommend this restaurant the ambience was amazing and you are sure to run into someone famous!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Visiting NYC and on short notice, couldn't get a brunch reservation, so settled for breakfast. Service was immediate and attentive throughout. The best omelette I've ever had. Herbs and gruyere. That's it; as it should be. So fluffy, it melted on the tongue. Potatoes were good; nothing too memorable, but good. I mean it's potato. The coffee was great. It's more about the ambience than anything. Tres Francais. Old tile, dark wood, bistro tables. From New Orleans and it reminded me of the elegance of Antoine's but the casualness of a bistro. I could have languished here a bit longer and plan to at a different meal time on my next visit. When you plan your visit to NYC, use open table where possible. It's easy and reliable."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We visited Balthazar for breakfast on a Friday morning. We had a reservation so we were shown to our table right away. We were blown away by how courteous and knowledgeable our waitress was! Not only did she suggest certain dishes on the menu but when our food arrived she made sure to tell me the best way to eat my Scrambled Eggs in Puff Pastry...get a little bit of everything in each bite. She was so sweet and was the first server we encountered on our trip that actually asked us where we were from. She never let my coffee cup go empty either. The coffee was perfect, the food AMAZING, and the service was the best we experienced in our 3 days in the city."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I was able to organize a lunch for 8 at Balthazar during our family trip to NYC. We had a table within 10 min from our arrival (with reservations) and the waiters were nice and pleasant. The food was perfect and arrived very soon after our order. Some of us had the steak, others the beef stroganoff and some had pasta and salmon. The ambience is good, noisy and was still busy at 2:30 pm. The profiteroles were to dye for! There is no menu for kids but my 9 year old enjoyed the steak and my 8 year old ate her plate even though I secretly wanted some left for me! Overall, great experience and food!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We went to Balthazar for breakfast on a recent trip to NYC. The service was excellent, the food very good and the ambience matched the city and the neighbourhood....energetic and lively. Balthazar is a 'go to'. We will certainly be back."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We had a fun nite.I have been reading and hearing about Balthazar for a long time and always wanted to go there. The restaurant looks like an old French bistro in Paris and so the tables are set really close to each other which makes it cozy. Our waiter was terrific and very knowable about the menu. We first shared the risotto which was great. For our entrees my husband had the fish special that night- a white fish stuffed with red peppers and dandelion greens. It was a bit salty so it wasn't his favorite. I had the chicken breast which was done to perfection but it came with a side salad of dandelion greens too. I really didn't like the salad because the greens were bitter and tough. For dessert we had the apple tart which was marvelous."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Always lively and consistently excellent. FUN !!!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Did not disappoint, food was supurb. Would most definitley return"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We were greeted by friendly and accommodating staff. Our waiter provided outstanding service. And, but for the onion soup which was disappointing and for which we ultimately were not charged, the food was quite good: my hamburger was among the best I'd eaten in a while; and since my husband ordered the moules frittes, I shared his fries and ordered a salad to accompany my burger instead. The mussels, although small, were excellent -sweet and tasty."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Was quite disappointed with both service and good. Both mediocre at best. Just seems they are relying on their past reputation and really not putting forth the effort required by a 4-5 star restaurant."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Couldn't decide on which oysters to try so had the oyster sampler. Each oyster varietal was excellent, fresh and slid right into my mouth. Coq au vin not to be missed. If you love panna cotta you must try this one, creamy smooth deliciousness! Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Fantastic parisian feel, great service, but food mediocre and not even tasty, not inventive or even great ingredients."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Went there with the wife and kids to grab lunch. Had a later reservation. They were able to move the reservation up and took us right away. Everything we ordered was great. The kids enjoyed the food as well. Would highly recommend you try this place when in NYC. Make a reservation, it is very popular and busy; but well worth it !"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Balthazar is always a great restaurant while in NYC. The food is always good and consistent, the service is great and the ambiance is vibrant! You must have the creme brulee for dessert. Best in town!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "great food and ambience but exceptionally noisy - this made it hard to hear across the table"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I love it here! We started our meal with the shrimp cocktail and I must say it was terrific. The shrimp were very large and sweet, just how I like 'em. This time around I had the steak frites as my entree which was quite good. I would say that for the price I would have liked the meat to be a little more tender. However, it was well seasoned and cooked a perfect medium rare and the frites were fantastic, as usual. I finished my meal with the warm chocolate cake with white choclate ice cream. It was so very good but after all the food and champagne we had there was hardly any room for it. In summation, I highly recommend Balthazar for a lively, romantic, or fun date or just lunch with friends."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We love the atmosphere despite the noise level. Service was pleasant and food was delish!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Surprisingly busy for a Monday - But I soon saw why. Great service, Great food, and fantastic buzz"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Very good food, lovely place, ideal for couples ou families."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "I enjoyed the experience I had with Balthazar last week. The food was nice, the service was very good but sometimes the noise became too loudly. A typical french bistro"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I had dinner two years ago and loved the food and atmosphere. Had brunch last Saturday with two friends. We all enjoyed the food, service and find everything to our satisfaction."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great ambiance in the French bistro way. Excellent steak frites - the french fries are really fantastic! No kids menu but the steak frites is big enough to share for two children under 12."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I've been trying to get into Balthazar's for dinner for quite sometime but the scheduling never matched up but I was able to for my birthday. I've had my fair share of French so I usually try a staple which was roast chicken. However, the hype and anticipation did not match with what I had thought it should be. It was a little dry but not overly but not exceptional. The bread and the butter were actually better honestly that they gave you at the beginning of the meal. I had the strawberry rhubarb pie and it was really good. The service was top notch though and I enjoyed the atmosphere greatly. I hear brunch is nice but haven't had a chance to try it out. Maybe next time."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We took visitors to New York here for lunch, and it was a perfect choice. It wwas fun to people watch here, and the food was wonderful."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had theatre reservations and they made sure we were seated and served in order for us to arrive at the theatre on time. They were great. Always enjoy our experience at Balthazar."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The steaks were cooked to perfection. My daughter ordered medium rare and I ordered medium well It is very rare one can order a medium well steak and see pink in the middle. They were was very flavorful, delicious."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Getting to be a NYC icon. Great food, good service, effecient. Not cheap but worth every penny"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "With so many great restaurants in New York, it's easy to tire of the food scene. Balthazar is a wonderful reminder that a restaurant need not be trendy or inventive to do it right. The food and the service are of the utmost quality with no pretentions. I ordered the steak tartare, and I believe it ruined me for life. I won't be able to eat anything but theirs ever again."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "No longer a place where one has to wait weeks to get a reservation, Balthazar is now a classic and simply one of the best French restaurants in New York, with impeccable service and outstanding food. The steak frites are superb. The salads are divine. The wine is marvelous. Although a bit expensive, the whole experience is worth it. There are more upscale French restaurants in New York, but this one is casual and authentic enough to please anyone who enjoys great French cuisine."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We went to Balthazar to treat my Mom and were not disappointed. Flawless service and great food."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Fabulous ambience and excellent food. We went as a couple and were next to a family of five. The place worked brilliantly for both parties, particularly when the kids on the next table let my wife borrow some crayons,"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We were recommended this restaurant as a steak house. They don't have that many steak dishes though. The food was great, the service was good but the noise level was a bit much for us. The restaurant was packed with people."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We're from Canada and when we visit NYC dining at Balthazar is always on our must-do list (this last visit was our 4th time} we plan on eating there on our next visit which is in October."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Enjoyed the genuine taste of French food and ambience, the tartare is particularly good, so are the wines, though our waiter did not seem particularly knowledgeable."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I have come for weekend brunch and it was fantastic. This time I came for a workday lunch and although the food came very quickly it was bland and unexciting."
    Dined on 7/24/2014