Balthazar
Balthazar

Balthazar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.balthazarny.com/
  • Phone: 2129651414
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Balthazar reviews from OpenTable diners
649 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (274)great for brunch (252)fit for foodies (240)hot spot (226)special occasion (206)neighborhood gem (199)good for groups (129)romantic (123)notable wine list (107)vibrant bar scene (107)late-night find (78)kid-friendly (55)great for outdoor dining (22)scenic view (8)Show More
  • Perfect shopping break in Soho
    TheSwede
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I have been in NYC fifteen times, but this was my first visit to Balthazar. It´s not a must-go-to place if you are here a short time and have a high standard of the food experience or looking for a cosy, relaxing spot. However, if you are out shopping in Soho and want quick service, lively environment, look at people and have a decent lunch then this is the perfect break. Sure, the noise level is very high but hey, there are a lot of tourists talking about their day, recent finds and planning what to do next. Looking at the decor feels like you are in Paris for a while. Even though we were late we got our table quickly, our salads came in fast as well and everything seems to run smoothly. Great when you have a tight schedule!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Throwback good
    Jimrunred
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    If there is such a thing as upscale French comfort food. This is it It feels lik a real bistro
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overrated
    javier
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We had great expectations but the food was rather medicore in its taste though priced high. We asked for the risoto, foie gras and duck confit, risoto was great, but both the duck confit and the foie gras where very poorly prepared.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a strong recommendation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We first stumbled upon Balthazar in 2002 by accident and decided we simply had to go back during our latest trip to NYC. It was as good as we remembered it. Buzzing, vibrant, great ambiance and superb food. We booked Sunday brunch weeks in advance of travelling from Scotland and it was just as well given how popular it still is. It's definitely worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • neveragain
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    tables too tight, had to move table to sit down and get up. Plates were being removed by server with food still on our plates, didnt even ask if we were done yet and I don't appreciate being rushed when I pay that kind of money.Way over priced for what you get, the food was just OK....defintiely not worth the money.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Best bread basket in the city including chocolate bread. Great choice of egg dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great
    AmD1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Arriving on a Saturday at 1030pm for an 11pm table the place was buzzing so we were very excited sadly the food and service did not live up to the atmosphere. My cod and wife's tuna were overcooked. The portions were massive but we would have preferred better cooked smaller portions. We didn't eat dessert. They didn't have my first choice wine which was a bottle of Mersault so we opted for a bottle of champagne which we had to pour on more than 1 occasion. If I am paying 140 dollars for a bottle I don't want to pour it. The tip would have been far greater if the service matched the atmosphere. If anyone reading this is English I would best describe the restaurant as a mock Café Rouge.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantástico
    Fran10
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Gran ambiente, comida y inmejorable servicio, el lugar tiene un muy ambientado bar y el restaurant, a pesar de las mesas muy juntas, es muy agradable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Classic
    JP4fun
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We never miss going to Balthazars when visiting NYC. Never been disappointed. Love the atmosphere, food, and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud, crowded and hot
    jiffypopVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Even though it's been on the scene for awhile, Balthazar is still a scene. Went for lunch on a Thursday and it was packed. Service was rushed and not very attentive. The atmosphere was loud, hot and crowded. And foodwise, nothing exceptional in a city of exceptional food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch at Balthazar
    HeatherBL
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Walking into this place brought me back to a Paris brasserie so they have nailed the environment. The food was good to very good but for what you got- it is a little over-priced. It is Soho- so the clientele is a little on the pretentious side, which can be entertaining. Overall, I like the place but I am not sure I will go back. There are plenty other French Bistro/Brasseries in the are to try.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Maria
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Bom ambiente. Serviço muito bom e simpático. Óptima cozinha. Tudo excelente. É para recomendar e repetir.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely time solo diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I know people that have worked here, not that the staff knew this but it has been mentioned by so many that it felt like a 'must'. It was 'old world' structured and well executed service. Food was without fault and I heard another older couple leaving raving about the 'naughty' food they'd had, that they wouldn't normal and it was the best they'd ever had, very cute. Casual feel but also special. Thank you for a lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great service and food! Paul Bettany was great and the ambiance was lively.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I am from Europe and loved the French Bistro feel. As authentic as they come in America.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as it was
    vallikestoeatVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Someone in the kitchen has lost their sense of taste and gone wayyyy overboard with the salt shaker. Almost inedible. Bland vinaigrette this time. Worst meal I've ever had there. Funny how it's still hard to get in. Must be all tourists or bridge and tunnels.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    Nico
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Good as usual but really close to be a chain restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • coffee
    coffee
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    nice place and nice service... good quality of food.... espresso coffee could be improved
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    at54
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Although it does seem to be getting pricier and more trendy (mr and mrs Victoria "posh spice" Adams drew the paparazzi while we were there) it just never grows old as a food and dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't be beaten!
    Mara28
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I came in with a group of four for sunday brunch, needless to say our experience here was fantastic. The wait staff were very attentive and service was impeccable, the food was delicious! I had a fruit salad and brioche french toast to follow, big sizes (I didn't realize how big they would be at the time!) so come with an empty belly and a big appetite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • doodlebugdad
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    hostess gave us the best seat in the house for our incredibly delicious and artfully assembled brunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first impression
    Memento63
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My friend and I enjoyed our first visit to Balthazar. The service was excellent and the food divine. An experience made even more special by an efficient and affable wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Olga
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were 10 ladies from Norway looking for a good experience. Nice and beautiful room, excellent food, but the noice and eccho was horrible. We had to shout to hear and be heard, and it was impossible to have a nice talk with eachother.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food & Atmosphere
    Atliz
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This food exceeded my expectations by far. This is a great lunch spot - service was fast to get the good, though lagged a bit after we got our food. I have been meaning to get down here for years but I will be more of a regular now that I know how great it is! I had the beef stroganoff, and the beef was so tender and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second Verse....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Second verse...same as the first. We came here for lunch two years ago and had a great time so we decided to try it again. Well, it was just as good and the waiting lines just as long. We had a reservation, which I strongly suggest for anyone.and went straight to our table. When ordering wine, our server suggested another that was cheaper than my first choice. It was excellent. There is lots of energy in this place which is great for lunch. Maybe we will try dinner next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nola
    Nola
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent restaurant, were seated right away, great table, attentive staff and amazing b'fast! Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for dinner
    crispy2
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food at Balthazar is really good. Second time here and I tried some new dishes. The duck confit and the coq au vin were really good and the wine list was great. Service was really attentive and the bread is real bread, something hard to find in NY. Worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappopinted
    BTrotta
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Steak Tartare (Very Tasty) - Moule Frites (Not Good for either - Fries or Mussels) - Duck Confit (Ok - a bit dry). Service was good - but they rushed us big time and therefore gave us a free glass of wine/dessert - From sit down to out door was 1.5 hrs - Food was ok, not as good as expected, Scene was lively and proper, not talented
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal in New York
    jaminski
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Got a recommendation from a friend to try out Balthazar, and was really glad I did. I went with a couple of friends from New Zealand, and between us we sampled a fair cross-section of the menu, i.e. we all ordered different things and tried each other's dishes. Food was excellent, service impeccable, just a great night out. Will definitely go back when I'm next in New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    dianalnavas
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I loved this place! Everything was perfect. The food was very good (I ordered the duck and it was amazing). The service was outstanding (the waiter even tried to explain the menu in spanish to my parents). And the ambiance was very nice! I totally recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Make a Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Jam-packed with tourists, lines out the door, always. Exhausting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Screaming sardines in a can.
    honestreview1
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Sadly, my entire lunch with my daughter was ruined because of one aspect- the tables are simply TOO CLOSE TOGETHER. They are set up that way to obviously 'fill the room', and make as much money as possible per service- however, I will not be returning because of this reason- in spite of the food being decent.I am a size 4/6, and my daughter is a 2/4- and we were cramped- physically uncomfortable- with people on each side whose laborious and obnoxious conversation we had to be privvy to for our entire experience.I was very disappointed, and felt like I was cattle in a 'fast-food'...'pack them in... get them out' kind of way.It was more than obvious that we were just a 'table number' Twenty years of restaurants in NYC, and I won't go back .
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French bistro in NYC
    Colleenpenn
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The atmosphere in Balthazar is really authentic French Bistro. It's a really pleasant space with a bistro style menu. Mix of locals and visitors. The flavours of the food we chose were terrific. A rich peppery steak au poivre with amazing fries was my choice. However the steak was tough. So mixed reviews. Creme brûlée similarly tasted good but the texture left something to be desired. Pavlova was unmemorable. Nice spot but needs to improve the food quality.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience.
    JschwartzVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    All around good food in a very interesting and fun neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazingness!!
    FoodLover
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Best dining experience. We had great service and the food couldn't have been better! Without a doubt, order the escargot, duck confit, and duck shepherds pie. It will not disappoint!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deja vu
    Diner27
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Has to be a twin to Rue 157. Very similar menu, decor, ambiance, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing.
    Frnnd45
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I thought I was in France. The onion soup is just glorious. The ambiance and the light and music. A great experience that anyone in NYC should live.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A New York Classic!
    Babe
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was excellent, the service was great. Unpretentious french restaurant. Perfect way to start or end a great night out in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fading success?
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The couple at the reservation desk was empathetic and sincere, even though the reservation wasn't honored timely. They also provided an excellent table, a table for four, and were considerate of my wife's difficulties. The waitress was prompt, took our order and disappeared for the evening, prompting me to ask a roving manager for a check, an hour and twenty minutes after our arrival. No dessert or coffee and we left without fanfare.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BasiaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    NOISY Overstuffed with tables Not even close to French brasserie atmosphere Good was OK Prices are ridiculous I had better food less expensive in Paris Not worth the hype at all SOHO has many better spots with great food service and ambiance Try Isola instead
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