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
688 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (293)fit for foodies (287)great for brunch (272)hot spot (257)neighborhood gem (229)special occasion (204)good for groups (146)romantic (129)vibrant bar scene (126)notable wine list (121)late-night find (83)kid-friendly (61)great for outdoor dining (23)scenic view (13)Show More
  • Trendy cafe
    Dane
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    cafe Balthazar is very and when you godt into the cafe, you immediately feel a nice atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and the food is very delicious. Because Balthazar is so popular I would recommend to book a table in advance
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris a NYC!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Great menu and ambiance. One of the best croissant aux amandes I have had since my time in France!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had a terrific brunch on Sunday - smoked salmon, croissants, juice and coffee. The service was impeccable, the atmosphere truly Parisien, and an experience to remember. We will definitely come again - next visit to New York. We didn't need to eat again until evening ! Thanks for the memory. Diane Holt (and granddaughter Isabel Allen)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great place and very enjoyable, we have gone to this resturat every time we have visited New York.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not that impressed.
    ExLocal
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I went for the second time for breakfast on a weekend day. We had a 9:00 reservation, seated immediately - wasn't very busy then. (Really busy by 9:45 - 10:00). Waitress was not very attentive, ordered. Food came pretty quickly. Food was good, not great. Waitress never came back to see how it tasted or to see if we needed/wanted more drinks (coffee, coke, orange juice) when glasses were empty. May come back someday, but gotta try others first.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    CrissVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    As always Balthazar is a great place to have lunch. Our food was delicious and not regret to have been there. Is a place quite noisy and if you are able to cope with a lot of people on such high noise level you couldn't be disappointed by the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place and very foo but noyisy
    PJuca
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I've been there whenever I'm in NY! At lunch and at night. My children also love it!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfection every time
    jzairickVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Every time I go to NY I go to Balthazar because I love their breakfast, the service and the atmosphere. Try the scrambled eggs with puff pastry, you will love them. Also try the hot chocolate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost Paris
    Love2eat
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I try to get reservations for Balthasar's whenever I come to NYC. I have tried to get dinner reservations for years but they are always booked. Dinner here is on my bucket list. It feels so Parisian. Their almond croissants at breakfast are perfect with shirted eggs. Great coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood staple
    NYCfoodie622
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I love going to Balthazar. Always reliable. Always good, whether it's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And despite the slight feeling of frenzy, they always seem to have things under control. The design and feel of the place is second to none. They've created an authentic slice of Europe in Soho. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luv2dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Sat quickly, had kids with on NYC runaway trip. Food was perfect and service even better...place very busy but that is what makes it so great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food poor service
    j2lee2
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Went to Balthazar for a late lunch. A friend had told us it was a must visit and we are so glad we went. The food was outstanding. We started with three types of oysters, the cheese plate and the cheese and onion tart (one of the best things we had all weekend). I then had the duck confit (by far the best thing I had all weekend) and my wife had the steak frittes. We finished up with the pot de crème. Everything was spot on and tasted excellent. I highly recommend Balthazar. Our only complaint was our waiter. He was not only unenthusiastic, he was at times rude and unhelpful. When asked for recommendations his response was "everything is fine." Not really helpful or a ringing endorsement of the food choices. The food won out in the end.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Rose
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Amazing restaurant! I love. When in New York City, Balthazar at list one time! Good food and good ambience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tried and true.....
    Patti
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    After 30 yrs, this neighborhood gem never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good vibe. Good food.
    Roberson
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Balthazar is a good option for dinner in NYC. Good vibe. Good food. Excellent wine list. I loved the Duck Breast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED IT!
    skeelka
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We were able to move up our reservations which was so very nice. I ordered the chicken club and my friend ordered the Duck Confit. Both were excellent! The service was outstanding. I will definitely come back here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delcious French Food
    kimfar
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Balthazar was a wonderful experience. I had the duck confit which was delicious and my husband had the shrimp pasta. The atmosphere was energetic and fun with a European touch of class.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best
    Nini56
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Eveytime I visit New York my first reservation is at Balthazar, excellent food, great service, I really go because of the excellent plates so well done, for me the best
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Cris19
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    food excelente, but the place has a lot of noise. The tables are very close and you can´t talk with privacity. There are many people around the door because they're waiting a table . A big mess. If you don´t have reservations don´t go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French in NYC
    Hardtoplease
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We booked for a late supper sitting at 11pm. The restaurant was still bustling and lively. Service from the sommelier was impeccable - she really knew her wines - which was good for us as the wine list was mainly French. The wait staff were average, but that is quite typical for the US, where the automatic expectation of a tip does not provide any incentive to apply extra effort. If you want French in New York then this is the place.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cordon
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The overall experience was good but we come for the food and it was not up to par. The onion soup while tasty was mostly bread. The mussels were just plain awful, full of raw onions and a tasteless creamy liquid. One of my long time favorites a big disappointment this time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • another great brunch
    mdmomVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I love brunch at Balthazar. My waitress went out of her way to get me the last brioche which I was really craving. The fruit was wonderful. The only problem is getting the time you want. Otherwise, great meal and ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We have gone several times as a couple, but this year we brought our 16 and 13 yr olds to NY. Balthazar was their favourite restaurant and it has long been one of our go to's. It's lively and great food. It seems to be always busy.. lunch and dinner. Get a reservation before you go and enjoy!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same restaurant
    mtlgrl
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I was originally here 10 years ago, and more recently 5 years ago. Going there this year... was an experience. The restaurant was more crowded, it seemed to have more seating. Paper table clothes in lieu of fabric, cold butter and hard bread instead of warm butter and soft bread, small stringy fries instead of hand cut.... I was disappointed. I ordered steak frites, and the steak to be medium. When it came to the table it was rare. The steak was also without the butter on top that was mentioned in the menu (the recipe is in the cookbook). When I had to ask for it, it was cold and hard to melt. Hoping to salvage the afternoon, ordered desert. The creme brulee wasn't hardened enough. Great service didn't salvage the meal. Won't be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food great service
    HollieByGolly
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Delicious french food in the heart of Soho, with efficient and friendly American service. The menu had many options of meat, fish and vegetarian and the desserts were delicious! A plentiful wine list too. Definitely recommend for dinner with family, friends or a romantic evening, though it's pretty noisy when it's busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Balthazar has still got it!
    Delish
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Went here a few years ago for breakfast and this time for lunch. Love it! Such a great scene and the food is amazing! A must visit in SoHo. The Homemade Corn & Ricotta Agnolotti was amazing!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    Shona
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I would like to come there for special occasion. I can't afford Balthazar for my regular dining as I don't earn much but it is nice coming there on special occasions with my partner. Food and ambience was great and above all, my partner loves your place. So we would love to come there in future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must wait too long !
    Love2dine
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We waited 45 min for a table. The lunch menu is very limited, it took around 45 more min to bring our order to the table. The meats were overcooked.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love the breakfast!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Worth the splurge for the amazing pastries. A little noisy -- and touristy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Once again a hit with my guests
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Love this place. Better food and atmosphere than any brasserie in Paris (better than Le Grand Colbert). All my first time guests in our group of 7 loved it here at Balthazar. Great service at the bar the maitre D and at the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Balthazar
    juianna
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We were seated right away, the lady who took our order was lovely and the food was great and served quickly. The restaurant was way too noisy, I couldn't even hear the person in front of me. Also, the tables are maybe a bit too close to each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit from Panama
    PINC
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Second time around. Great ambiance, great food. Will be back next time in NY for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Balthazar dinner
    ghhs
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Too noisy, was welcomed rather coldly even though we had a reservation ,but the lady that served our table was fantastic. Average food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jersey Boy JP
    JerseyBear
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    My wife has raved about Balthazar's for years and she has been there several times, so on our recent trip to the Big Apple Balthazar's it was a must for to see what was the big deal. We had a great experience from the attentive service to the culinary creations, everything was wonderful. The ambiance of the restaurant was like a walk back to the not too distant past. If you're heading to New York on business or pleasure, Balthazar's needs to be on your "places to eat" list. Bon appetit!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not worth the visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We love french restaurants, even the not so famous, and this is not worth the visit. there will be many better options in town. the food is ok, but far from great. you eat better fillet with french fries even in Brasilia. don´t waist your time there. the service isn´t great also. everything is just OK. not bad, but far from great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dub60
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Enjoyed the meal and the ambiance. Great atmosphere. Would recommend it to others visiting New York.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining
    legaleagle
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I had the grilled sardines with fennel, Coq au vin and panna cotta dessert. Everything was delicious. My Chardonnay was excellent. I think this is one of the best meals I wvery had since living in NYC. The service was excellent and the bar although crowded provided fast service. I would eat there every week if possible
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    NYCfoody
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    As a frequent visitor to NYC, I will always try to squeeze in Sunday brunch to Balthazar. A wonderful restaurant, period.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but not brilliant
    l0veangel
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I expected a better food considering the reviews and the appearance of the restaurant so felt a bit let down in that respects. Still a good experience just not amazing!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eggs Florentine
    Talbott
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was the best eggs florentine I've ever had. The waiter warned that there was no bread and asked I woul like a side of English muffins. I said no thanks. The eggs came in a small hot iron skillet on a bed of sautéed spinach and artichoke hearts. It was incredible. The flavors were well balanced and the proportions perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.