Have been there before because
Have been there before because we loved the restaurant and the food; it's wonderful for foodies.
Unfortunately, there were serveral children racing around making a whole lot of noise when we first arrived, which was surprising as it is the Waldorf Astoria. People at the bar were also very noisy but luckily they weren't there for a whole long time.
Food is superb. Fabulous chicken mousse, pate's and cheeses - Paris Brest one of the best desserts ever. Looking forward to our next visit.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Creative, flavorful presentations
Creative, flavorful presentations in a casual bistro setting. Balsan has the most extensive wine list I've ever seen!
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went early on a Thursday night~when most restaurants are not busy~our waitress was friendly and helped us with selections~the server was friendly~the food was very good~I'm no foodie so I am not qualified to say "outstanding."
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The sirloin was good, but
The sirloin was good, but the sides of fried potatoes was burnt to a crisp. This is our second time at Waldorf. The waitor was not that knowledgeable about the wine menu. We were using our groupon.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Although our dinner was excellent,
Although our dinner was excellent, we used a Groupon and did the $35/bottle corkage, so our excellent dinner was reasonable. However, without a Groupon I think this dinner would have cost more than I would pay for it.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful building and restaurant.
Beautiful building and restaurant. I especially liked the bar.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sunday Night Suppers-a great
Sunday Night Suppers-a great idea-takes the guess-work out of what to order. Ample portions, exciting menu. We'll come again
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Came here on a Groupon dinner
Came here on a Groupon dinner for 2... absolutely outstanding. Best Salmon I've had in years, and the burger my wife got was fantastic. The meat and cheese pairing was delicious too. We'll definitely be coming back.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
I really liked the ambience of the restaurant. Will bring my visitors here next time. Prices are reasonable as well.
4/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
FAB, FAB, FAB
Balsan, was one of our best dining experiences in recent memory. The food was divine and delicious, drinks were incredible, and our server, Amy Mundwiler, was impeccable. We loved everything about this restaurant. We WILL be back. Richie Slaughter
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Balsan at the Waldorf
The staff was very friendly and polite - the bartender introduced himself and shook my hand. Some people have found this place to be arrogant and stuffy, but I have to wonder if they were acting like tourists or gawking over things. The food was good and well prepared. I think the restaurant's strongest point are the cheese and meat appetizers and the dessert. Entrees are good but overpriced.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beginning with our drive into the complex, entry into the hotel, as well as our entire experience within the Balsan. We were treated with care and appreciation. The food and the experience was delightful to share with my Mother. The Balsan also gave each of us a gift certificate for a spa experience in the hotel. What an added bonus to an awesome experience.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Elegant, Comfortable and Delicious
Husband and teenage son brought me here for a surprise Mother's Day brunch. It was lovely. Elegant, comfortable seating with a scenic view. Tasty, interesting and fussy offerings (in a good way) such as rich creamy custard with salmon roe served in egg cups, oyster shooters with caviar in cucumber water glasses, tiny delectable Parisian style pastries, impeccable charcuterie boards, top notch carvery. Deep cocktail and wine list. And not too crowded - part of what you pay for is space, spaciousness and not having to wait in lines. Top it off with friendly and efficient service and it's a genuine treat.
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time here for brunch,
Second time here for brunch, we'll definitely keep coming back if they maintain the format & pricing of the brunch menu. There has been a slight change since my last time here (no flat rate anymore for the 2 courses, but slightly higher prices based on entrée selection, which I still think is fair given what is served). Can't get enough of the 1st course of salami, comte, madeleines & bread w/ 4 delectable house-made spreads. Absolutely perfect balance and complement of flavors (not overly sweet, salty or sour) which can be said of the entrees as well! Our server, James, happily gave us more bread when we asked so that the remaining spread wouldn't go to waste. In fact, he was very kind, polite, and accommodating throughout the entire meal.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
A favorite brunch spot!
Balsan is consistently wonderful as a midday brunch spot on weekends when shopping downtown. And. . The shocker is that it's actually not that expensive. Win!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow - the brunch platter with cheeses, super yummy spreads that arrives before what you even ordered was truly amazing. Highly recommended.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch was perfect!
Ian was our waiter and everything was just perfect!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food - Good service
The food was outstanding. Each course had us discussing how great taste and presentation of the food. I started with a simple green salad that was very unique and tasty. The scallops were some of the best I've had (and I was raised by the ocean). Our waiter was very efficient and personable without being ever present. The only correction I would make to the service is to have the bus staff wait until all have completed their course before removing dishes. The bus boy was always at the ready to grab a plate. That might have been because there were so few table seated but it makes guests feel rushed.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed Sunday Supper at Balsan!!!
We had a wonderful experience!!!! Pleasantly surprised. Sunday Supper was outstanding - great portions and variety....starters were tuna crudo and mushroom flatbread (both outstanding). Main dishes included grilled sirloin and the sea food hot pot. Highlights of the evening: both of the starters, the tempura veggies and the sea food hot pot!!!! So good!!! We had quite of bit of food - good size portions. Looking forward to going back!!!!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a special evening. The waitress immediately brought champagne glasses and filled them with a light, but satisfying, icy cold wine. the service was right on: not to fast and not too slow. We could relax and enjoy. My salmon was cooled to perfection and my husband's steak was just pink. The salad we shared was more than sufficient and we loved the scattinelli (sp.) dessert. Tried to give the doorman a dollar for getting us a cab - he had to go out into the street. He refused saying it was his job. We'll be back!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, however pricey
The Balsan offers a quiet atmosphere with great service. The menu is simple yet offers original takes on some classic seafood/steakhouse fare. The presentation of the plates are phenomenal, but the length of time to between courses is a bit staggering and unbalanced. Lastly, while the prices are reasonable, there is a service charge applied to the check that is a bit unreasonable.
8/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
A beautiful treat
Balsan is exquisitely beautiful in appearance, perfect for a special occasion. The service was top notch. The menu, while not that extensive, provides a little something for everyone. The food was plated nice and tasted wonderful.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great find
did not know what to expect, but do expect to be back, and soon. Great menu, outstanding service,
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Seating is a little crowded.
Seating is a little crowded.
Service was excellent
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The only think I was not expecting
The only think I was not expecting was a very quiet bar at the restaurant...but it ended up being a very nice and quiet night...there was a group of four that joined the restaurtant later on, but overall we had a great meal.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful time at the D'Usse Cognac paired 4-course dinner - small event in the private room, every course was incredible and although each course seemed rather small, the total amount of food was perfect. Our drinks prior to the event (off of Balsan's menu) were fantastic - perfect sake/lychee/gin combination and a fantastic Oatmeal Stout.
9/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
A handy place to visit in
A handy place to visit in the neighborhood, but the arrangement of tables contributes to a somewhat sterile somewhat coffee shop atmosphere. Not really a bar, not really a relaxing environment, not really special. Quality of food fine but concept needs more thought.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food
The food was very good and the prices are lower than expected for this type of restaurant. Presentation was awesome. Great date night place.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed a wonderful dining experience here. Great wait staff and bartenders . Delicious food. Will be back.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined Sat. evening at Balsan. Our server was Amy, and the food, service and experience was absolutely fabulous. We enjoyed ourselves very much, and will definitely be back. Amy is the best waitress we've found in the city, after being here for 11years. Total delight.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Girls Night Out
We had a great experience at the Balsan. Our server (Amy) was outstanding. Food and drinks were very good.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Balsan is always good for a quiet, classy client breakfast.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, creative kitchen
A superb dining experience! A very thoughtful wine list with some very special offerings. Deep in coverage of Old World as well as New. Meaningful and deliberate selection of White Burgundy.
Now for the food: Grilled Octopus Salad starter was just perfect. Red Snapper main was one of the best composed dishes I have had in a long time. If no one was watching, I would have licked the plate. My wife's vegetarian dinner was very unique and delicious. Her Mushroom Bolognese was deep in flavor, thoughtfully prepared, and surprisingly, vegetarian... the dish could easily pass for traditional bolognese... so much so that we had to verify it was meatless!
Food, spectacular. Wine carte, one of the best. All that's needed are tablecloths!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The meal was delicious. The service was great. I will definitely be back for dinner another evening. Our waitstaff person was so kind and attentive. She placed the flowers I had bought and had delivered to the restaurant in a box/bag so we could carry them home.
One thing spoiled the evening. We walked downstairs to have a after dinner drink in the bar one floor below. When I sat the bag behind a post so that it would be out of the way, the young, female barkeeper or cocktail waitress told be I would have to put it under the seats where we sat at the bar. We decided we would go to another place where we would feel more welcome and in a more friendly atmosphere. She needs to be provided customer service training.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Balsan for Thanksgiving dinner. The dinner could not have been better. The food was wonderful and service superb. The restaurant was busy and energetic creating a festive atmosphere. Our server (Ian) was always there when we needed him but let us enjoy our meal without hovering. The special Thanksgiving menu was perfect with several course options; we went the traditional route and had the Turkey and could not have been happier. This was a price fix 4 course meal. Given what we saw on line for menu and price options at other restaurants Balsan felt like a bargain in regards to quality, quantity and atmosphere. As we will not be able to travel at Christmas; we are thinking of Balsan again.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM