Balthazar

4.6
5141 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:30am
Continental Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 9am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm-12:00am, Sunday 5:30pm- 11pm,
Late Supper: Friday - Saturday: 12:00am - 1:00am, Sunday: 11:00pm - 12:00am
Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 9am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 965-1414
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Shane McBride
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Crosby
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Parking details
Parking garage on Prince & Crosby.
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.6

The incredible People Watching available at Balthazar makes scrunching into a tiny table and overpaying for brunch totally worth it. Say whatever you want about this place, you can’t take away the fact that the kitchen gets it done.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 5141 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was great, but the lemon mascarpone mousse was the best part. Great service!

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Servicio muy lento

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Every time I want to impress a new friend — or any old friend who has never been to New York City — I bring her/him to Bathazar and it never fails. That friend is always impressed. I only wish I get the same table all the time. Is that even possible?

On my most recent visit to Balthazar, I was with Pierre Thiam, a respected chef and author from Senegal, and he was very impressed. Attached is the photo I took of him.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great location,outstanding service and delicious food,we‘re definitely coming back:)

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was definitely not as good as usual. Mussels lacked flavor, frisée had very little frisée.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Amazing every time.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excelente lugar de comida francesa.
Ideal para ir con la familia a desayunar o comer.
Sin duda de los mejores restaurantes de Nueva York al que espero regresar pronto.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Another fabulous visit to Balthazar, now part of each trip to NYC. Authentic brasserie cuisine, always tasty, and consummate professional service.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We wanted a light dinner. Ordered the pasta with peas.... probably a big mistake. A plate full of peas not completely cooked.... should have gone with steak... served cold...

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Consistent.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Excellent burger and fish ! Fries are the best in the city and the service is excellent.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Had such a great lunch and our server was super lovely

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

As I’ve experienced before, Balthazar is a wonderful place to dine. The Sunday Brunch was delightful. Corned beef hash and eggs along with monkey bread hit the spot. Service was excellent while the space itself is very special. I will return as soon as possible!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Balthazar exceeded all expectations. As someone who has visited this restaurant several times, I can easily say that it does not dissappint. From the incredible food, thoughtful service and vibrant atmosphere, I would highly recommend this restaurant. It is truly unique!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Go for the scene and people watching. Also if for brunch, go after 10am, when the bar is open to make drinks (due to city laws). Classic brunch food with the oldie style restaurant atmosphere. Delicious baked goods.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

It’s like an island of Europe in the middle of Manhattan. Onion soup, duck, octopus, wine and cider... any dish ordered was tasty and waiter was fast lake Flash, has never annoyed but managed to provide the service with no distraction... these attributes of a good restaurant are so hard to find anywhere else... if you are looking for a good end of your day, choose this place. I have enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Balthazar was a great New York dining experience. Our food was delicious and the ambiance was very energetic. The tables were very close together though, so you really get to know your neighbors. It is a bit loud so don’t think you are going there on a romantic dinner outing! I would definitely go back there when I am in town! Loved it!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

First of all, our waitress was AMAZING, her name is Maria, and she was so caring, friendly, compassionate! Recommended me two drinks and I loved both of them, and so did my girlfriend. Food was amazing!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Muy buen servicio.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

I was in town for the weekend and a friend recommended. It was awesome. Food was delicious, exceptional customer service.. Great restaurant in all aspects. When in SoHo in the future, I will visit again.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Desayunamos dos dias seguidos de lo rico q comimos! Super servicio!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Great staff, great service and great food!!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Excellent service. Food was amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Always excellent. Truly always. Truly excellent. There are a lot of imitators. They do not and cannot succeed. Food is gorgeous thoughtfully prepared. The only fault is that they no longer serve their foie de veaux aux oignons. But neither does any other restaurant worth patronizing.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

I ate here for the first time in february and the food was outstanding. I was a bit disappointed with the food during this visit. In February my friend had the mussels and the broth was flavorful. I ordered the mussels during this visit and the broth was tasteless. My friend ordered the shrimp cocktail. $24.00 for 6 shrimp and the shrimp were small. Not tiny, but not jumbo. My friend ordered iced coffee and when he wanted a refill the waiter said he would be charged for a second iced coffee. Really? I will return, but this visit was a let down.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Always wanted to go as I arrived in nyc from Canada the same year it opened. Finally got there for my birthday and it was v special.
Ate, absorbed the magical ambience and stellar service, bought the book, and life is beautiful.
Thanks for a really memorable experience.

Andrea

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Great buzzy restaurant excellent service and awesome food - all loved it

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Super desayuno

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

You never disappoint. I made my reservation through open table but the restaurant did not have me on the list. I showed the maître d my confirmation and he made accommodations immediately.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Reminiscent of La Cupole ( Paris) - excellent food and pleasantly 'busy' atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We went at 9pm and even at that time it was so noisy we had trouble talking to each other.
Food is OK but very very bland. Used to be much better food.
Overall not worth it.

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1.0Dined on July 10, 2018

We have dined at Balthazar each time we travel to NYC. During this visit we ate 3 times there. Twice for lunch and once for dinner over a 2 week visit. By far the dinner was the worst experience. I ordered the baked chicken and my spouse ordered the steak frites Medium well done. Her steak was Medium rare. The chicken was over cooked and extremely dry. The cous cous and cooked carrots with which it was served was cold
All of this accompanied by a rude and curt waitress. We won’t be back.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Still a delightful spot after all these years and the hype has worn off. The staff are attentive and courteous. I asked to be seated in a quiet spot for a business meal and the hostess was most accommodating. I will absolutely visit again.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Nice waiters, amazing food

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Nice food and drinks

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

When I asked where should we eat in NYC to many friends, the response was Balthazar! They were right, reminds me of “Le Grand Colbert” in Paris....roast chicken amazing at both spots! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Beautiful atmosphere and above excellent service - A++++++

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

I celebrated my wedding anniversary on Sunday evening and everybody was so focus on making us happy. My husband is French and he really appreciated the food and the wine list. Also my mom and my brother they were super happy about their choices. Can’t wait to go back to this REAL French Bistro! I want to thank the manager and all the stuff to make us feel special

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Balthazar always delivers! Can't get to Paris this summer? You'll get that French fix when you need it. Menu offers great brasseries staples in an authentic setting with lots of energetic Soho hustle and bustle. Like a jolt of good espresso, the dining experience is satisfying and worth the $$. Highly recommended and very popular.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Really enjoyed this authentic French brasserie. French onion soup awesome. Steak au poivre excellent. House wine very good and reasonably priced!

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