Bâtard
Bâtard

Bâtard

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://batardtribeca.com/
  • Phone: 2122192777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Markus Glocker
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Leigh-Erin Balmer & Emma Criswell 212-941-3905x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Walker and White Streets
  • Public Transit: Number 1 to Franklin Street. Walk one block north on West Broadway.
    -OR-
    A / E train to Canal. Exit onto West Broadway (south side of Canal Street). Walk one block south on West Broadway.

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking facilities are located at several locations in the Tribeca neighborhood. An indoor garage is located near Bâtard, directly across from Franklin Street on Greenwich Street and an outdoor garage is on the corner of North Moore and Greenwich Streets.
A word from Bâtard
Drew Nieporent’s long commitment to Tribeca continues in the space that housed the legendary Montrachet and Corton. Chef/partner Markus Glocker’s modern European menu reflects his Austrian heritage and diverse experiences (Gordon Ramsay, Charlie Trotter). Dishes like Octopus “Pastrami,” Roasted Beets Linzer and Veal Tenderloin “Tramezzini” are inventive and delicious. Diners may order two ($55), three ($65) or four courses ($75) - fixed prices that represent excellent value.

Managing partner John Winterman, former longtime maître d’ at Daniel, welcomes you to a relaxed setting warmed by golden light and cozy banquettes. The wine list highlights the best of Burgundy; cocktails are expertly crafted.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Bâtard reviews from OpenTable diners
214 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (175)special occasion (116)notable wine list (97)neighborhood gem (88)hot spot (74)romantic (63)good for groups (20)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Disappointing Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    In order to insure that I got a table for my girlfriend's birthday at the time I wanted, I made the reservation at 12:03am, exactly 1 month before. I was shocked to find that there was nothing available between 7pm and 8:45pm, so I made the reservation for 6:45. What was interesting was that by 7:30 (the time I would have preferred) the restaurant was 1/3 empty, with 6 available tables for two, and stayed that way until we left at 8:45pm. Whatever that was about, it was odd and annoying. The appetizers were pretty good, but the main course, chicken schnitzel, which was recommended online and by our server, was tasteless. When asked how it was, we told them it was disappointing. They gave us ONE free desert, the milkbread, which was so-so.
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  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was excellent, Service was great. Wine very good. Nice ambianceJust a terrific experience.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Way We Live Now?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It is astonishing that this is what now passes for fine dining in Manhattan! Fond memories of its first iteration, Montrachet, made the early favorable reviews of Batard a siren song. The raves from well credentialed professional critics and the newly bestowed Michelin star frankly mystify me. I fear that publicist logrolling on behalf of corporate restaurateurs has defeated the capacity of discerning diners to make astute choices about new restaurants. Menu same as on opening day, already a stale concept. Execution produced flavorless, country-club dishes. Service was oafish. Wine program a pricy attraction but wasted on this food. And restaurant 3/4 full on Friday night. Don't believe hype about reservations being hard to snag!
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  • LoveNYCdiningVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food was very good. The service needs a little polishing and finesse. We started with the Rutabega soup, the octopus pastrami and beet salad. The soup With the lavender croutons was fantastic as was the octopus pastrami. Not so sure on the beet salad, it was missing something. The main course Atlantic Halbut, roasted Monkfish and Pork belly were all fabulous and enjoyed by all. On to dessert, blood orange and caramelized milk bread were extremely tasty, especially the caramelized bread, to die for. Definitely will return.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • fine dining
    bobd
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Exellent menu with flexible but good choices at various prices
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will try again
    Spedini
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Server spilled husband's beer and other server gave me husband's dinner and me, his. These are service lapses which probably won't happen again. The food was very good, the wine, excellent and well-priced. Drew Nierpont himself stopped at our table for a chat and to pour some wine. We will go again. It's a trendy spot. We went early so I don't know if it gets noisier later. The dining room filled up quickly and we were out by 8 p.m.
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    hot spot
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  • Excellent Dining in Tribeca
    RandellT
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had the pleasure of dining at Batard the night the restaurant opened and again this past Tuesday, October 7, while in New York. Batard is an outstanding restaurant that serves inventive dishes. Chef Marcus, who worked in London with Guy Ramsay, is very creative and consistently provides excellent cuisine. The Michelin star that Batard obtained last week is well deserved. I highly recommend Batard.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice new entry
    disappointingVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I still miss Montrachet but Batard i s well worth a visit. The pale yellow walls give the room a warm glow. General feel is low key. I feel it could use a little jolt of vibrancy or something. The maitre'd who greeted us was somewhat aloof and not that friendly even when we mentioned we had been at Montrachet many times and had eaten at Corton. Oh well. The server was excellent and the food very good. I would give it an 8 out of 10. The most outstanding dish was the veal. worth going just to have it. well balanced tastes, excellent flavoring and spices. wonderful food presentation. the milk cake dessert is incredible. delicious cocktails (strong). definitely like it better than Corton.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entirely disappointing
    sirhcepep
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    After Pete Wells wrote an elated review of Batard, I made a reservation. I don't know which Batard it is that Wells experienced, but it wasn't the same one I visited for dinner. The room is cold (as is the service), the tables are too tall or the chairs are too low, the food is well presented but not especially delicious or memorable, and a $10 supplement for the poorly executed "rack" of lamb, which is nothing more than a single rib served with overcooked chunks of lamb in a ceramic pot, is completely unnecessary. Doesn't help that you can't see what's in the pot because the tables are too tall. Desserts are fantastic and the sommelier knows his admittedly very good wine list. This isn't a three star place yet, not even a little bit.
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  • great but overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    overall had a good dining experience. food was great all around. service was mediocre which was surprising. also adding a $20 supplement to the lamb for 2 was totally unnecessary as it isn't any bigger/better than the other entrees. i would go back but would expect better service next time.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Early days and strong start
    MartyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went to Batard on friday evening. Could only get a 530 reservation. Food was terrific...seasonal, creative, not too fussy, and quite enjoyable. Service is still a little rough around the edges..... stumbles were addressed quickly and with a pleasant attitude. Would definitely return. Nice to see this quality of food at such a reasonable price point.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chowhound
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Really enjoyed the restaurant.......the food was very good & the service was attentive. The room is a do over from Corton & little has been done to spruce it up but since Batard delivers on the important points it doesn't detract much from the overall experience. Lamb was really delicious!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Just as good as billed
    YasminnyVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I read a review of Batard and decided that my husband and I should celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary there. We were not disappointed. The prices were fair with 2-,3- and 4- courses offered. The food was seasonal, local and sublime: gorgeous chilled corn soup with scallops, the duck breast was succulent with a decadent duck liver mousse that makes you cry! I finished with the highly touted caramelized milk bread and was happy. The sommelier was attentive and service in general terrific. The noise level is a little high.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Imaginative Food, Perfect Execution
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Batard was everything we'd hoped it would be. Polished servers were the perfect complement to a modern yet warm setting, until a table of oneophiles began to take precedence over our table of two. We enjoyed 4 courses, all impeccable. The tuna appetizer was one of the most interesting preparations of what is sometimes an overdone fish, with intricately seasoned loin segments, chopped fatty tartare, and gingery accents. The lobster was another winner, and the various uses of the buttery meat made for extremely interesting eating. Mains included the schnitzel (greaseless yet juicy) and the monkfish with perfectly textured, mushroom-infused house made pasta. The icing on the cake was the fromage blanc, light, airy, and just a bit sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love2dine
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Overall great experience, however the courses came out too fast and the noise level was quite robust. But with a place as busy as Bâtard that goes with the territory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs more consistent service
    DinealotVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Taking a credit card # is a little more pretentious than the overall ambience suggests. My biggest objection was the service. The food, which otherwise was well prepared, came out lukewarm. It is likely it just sat for a while before it was brought out. We couldn't flag down the server, as she was gone or helping the large party next to us. We did tell the sommelier who at first didn't think anything was wrong, and then said he would tell the chef. We never heard anything about it and did not see the server until the check. The food was good but there are too many choices available.
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  • Nespresso???!!
    PodsnapVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was excellent and creative, worthy of many trips. The service was a bit rough, though ... our waiter did not really know the menu or the offerings. The piece de resistance was, however, hearing from the Manager in response to my question of "Why Nespresso?" was "what's wrong with it?" At $6 a shot to be serving Nespresso (freeze dried flakes packed into little coffins many months ago) in a coffee town like NY is blasphemy. I can only guess that Nespresso made them a deal. It features prominently on the menu. Highly bizarre, must be meant to appeal to out-of-towners.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Good Start
    LovefoodVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We dined at Batard for our annivesary and were pleased to see it had gotten off to a good start replacing Montrachet. Food was very good and the wine list, though short, was well thought out. Service was good but a little uneven. The only issue is the noise level which appears to be endemic in restaurants these days - some of us do want to converse and not shout when having dinner!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a detour!
    Peri
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Attention was given to every detail! The fine service and exquisite food commenced with hot crusty mini baguettes with and without olives and sweet butter. The cold corn soup was as good as any I've ever had with poached scallops and crunchy, pickled small rectangles of jicama. The lobster hors d'oeuvre was equally masterful as was the roasted halibut. Just a splendid experience, with a thoughtful complimentary scoop of hand-crafted mint gelato to celebrate my husband and my anniversary!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb addition to NY food scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    First off, it's odd that reviewers feel compelled to talk about earlier incarnations in the space -- Corton and Montrachet. It's like saying a classical pianist who last played Beethoven on a Bosendorfer should not be doing Bach on a Steinway. This is a fresh and novel approach to fine dining -- casual and upbeat, but none the less refined. The décor is certainly laid back, but casual looks can be deceiving. The cutlery is Christofle and stemware and other accoutrements are all elegant and fine. The food is simply wonderful. It's an explosion of flavors, supreme inventiveness, passion for ingredients and flair for composition. We started with three courses and were compelled to up it to four. We wanted to taste everything!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Perfect Anniversary Dinner
    JeremyVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    If you can get a reservation...Batard lives up to the critic's hype. I would describe the food as transcendent. The space is beautiful without being stuffy, and the staff was friendly, attentive, and extremely professional, but no question the food is the star. Though I was disappointed the short rib appetizer had run out, we enjoyed the octopus, tuna, and (WOW) corn soup immensely (they allowed us to swap an extra app for dessert on the 3 course dinner option). I checked frequently for available times on a Thursday evening. With some persistence, I was able to get a table 9:30. The only service negative was that I was on the restaurant's wait list for that night, and they never called me even though clearly a table had opened up.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic dinner
    eoinom
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food was outstanding, interesting wine list. Service was at ease, not too formal. Dining room is somewhat loud but you are unable to hear your neighbors conversation. For the quality of the food the value was excellent. Would certainly return.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was OK. But will not return
    NoNickname52
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Bit better than Corton, but the room basically remains the same, clinical and impersonal and if you're a couple seated in the area with tables for two privacy is lacking, as other diners seated next to you jump into the conversation. No complaints about the service. And the food was good. As it stands Drew Nieporent's Montrachet will never be equaled.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Quite a comedown from Corton, the previous restaurant at the location. Food -- the veal and monkfish entrees, for example -- is good but not great and in too small portions. The octopus pastrami appetizer scores for its inventiveness (making octopus look like headcheese and taste like pastrami) but, with any real octopus flavor lost, it's a disappointment. Also, for the food being served, some less expensive wines should be available.
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  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Dinner at Batard was delicious. We had three courses. Chilled corn soup was outstanding as was the pork belly. For dessert they sent out a little scoop of mint ice cream with a candle for my boyfriend's birthday. Portion sizes were perfect for a three or four course menu. Cocktails were well done as well. Milk punch was the perfect pre-dinner drink. We can't wait to go back!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Veal
    OrlandoVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The veal was amazing and so was everything else. Great night out with my girl
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good But Not Great...
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went to Batard with very high expectations remembering many memorable meals at Montrachet in years past. Batard was 'excellent' at times, but 'just good' at others, & unfortunately never rose to the hype that surrounded it's opening. Neither did it rise to the level of the Montrachet of old. The mains that we enjoyed (veal and duck) were much better than the starters which were often overthought. When time came for dessert, the much praised Milk Bread was dry and just run of the mill. On a positive note, the service was very friendly & quite efficient. Please know that Batard is not a bad restaurant. I think it has the potential to be so much more than it showed us the night that we dined there. I hope that it rises to that challenge.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Finally a great newcomer
    aliceVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is one of the rare new restaurants that deserves repeated visits. Considering the high bar of new york restaurants the few notable new places we try although usually good don't merit being added to our repertoire. Batard does. We each ordered different dishes and each one was great certainly 3 or 4 star level. That was 8 different things. The service was wonderful but very low key and casual. Very grown up. The ambiance is especially comfortable with tables very well spaced. All in all a welcome new place in a very historic space.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good but tiny portions.
    ilanaki
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We ordered the lamb rack for two. It is a misnomer. We each received one lb chop for an additional charge of $20. We were too embarrassed to comment in front of our guests but we won't be back.
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  • nice change from Corton
    charlyradVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food as always is outstanding, and it was nice to see Drew in attendance supervising. Corton was a budget buster, but Batard is much more affordable-and if I'm not mistaken, the portions have grown!. The wine list offers some affordable yet great wine choices, and I'm glad the all-white look is gone. Service of course was impeccable. All in all a really nice night out. Drew doesnt dissappoint!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner for two,BATARD,OMG
    traveldadfoodie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    everything was amazing, everything from the greeting to the service, wine staff, food , the chef is AMAZING a true master at his craft.
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  • a wonderful evening
    Gerard
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    we celebrated our anniversary here and everything about our dinner was outstanding - the food, the service, the comfort and great treatment - we had four courses and the food was inventive and delicious!!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worst waiter in Manhattan
    BetterCheaperSlower
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The waiter was not merely inattentive but curt and dismissive to the point of rudeness. So bad he managed to defeat the point of a very, very good kitchen, great wine list and a terrific sommelier.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • I wish we had liked it more
    RobAndJeanneVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Having been to the restaurant's previous incarnations (Corton and Montrachet) we were really expecting to be wowed. Oddly, the sterile decor that was a negative at Corton remains but without the amazing cuisine. Don't get me wrong. The food is good and there are no complaints about the flavors, presentation or creativity. But there isn't much soul. Prices are fair for the quality and cocktails are inventive. But we had 4 separate wait staff asking if we were ready to order, if we wanted something else to drink or if we wanted dessert. It seems none had spoken to the other. My duck was perfect (unlike previous complaints of being rubbery) and the corn/scallop soup was excellent. The bill was incorrect so be sure to check the addition. - Rob
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Our party of 5 had an outstanding time. The food was wonderful. We look forward to returning.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Batard's space was most recently occupied by Corton, a luxury restaurant. Today, the interior doesn't look terribly different, but the linen tablecloths are gone, and prices are slightly lower, though not by much. In fact, service seemed a bit rushed, apparently because at the lower price, Batard needs to turn over its tables more quickly. As for the food, my wife and I thought our appetizers were good, and everything else was exceptional. The delectable entrees and desserts will likely get us to return -- but we'll expect to be finished with dinner in less than than an hour.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GLORIOUS FOOD
    ClaireVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We went with our sharing restaurant friends. We taste as much as we can and everything was beyond words. The halibut was the least interesting. The duck and veal were extraordinary. The pork belly a bit less so and the halibut more ordinary. The appetizers were each fantastic and the milk bread pudding indescribably delicious. My husband, a major chocolate lover, literally swooned over the chocolate sable cake. Fabulous. The service people dear and Drew Nieporant a welcome return.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst dining experience for 2014
    ellenostVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food (other than the duck breast which is hard to cut) is okay. Noise level is very high even at early dinner hours. Customer service from management is very poor. Will not return.
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  • Wonderful food and atmosphere
    dspieVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Service excellent as well. I highly recommend this restaurant
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lives up to the hype
    verynice
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    As good as advertised. A few drinks makes it as expensive as any other fine dining, but it's a wonderful experience. Everything is fantastic but we thought the octopus pastrami was balnd and salty, and the tortellini was nothing special. But everything else we had was fantastic. Book it.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.