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.
I wanted to try this place for a long time, went for brunch and sadly was a little disappointed by the food and service. Feeling a little homesick, I guess my review is tainted by my expectations of what a French brasserie should be. Sure, the waiter was very polite and capable, but the overall service was not precise and professional one that you would generally encounter in establishments that brand themselves with this decor. Food wise, my table mates quite enjoyed their brunch, I thought my avocado toast was soggy. The croissants, amandines and chocolatines are great though. It’s one of the good places to grab baguette and morning pasteries in Manhattan.
Balthazar is one of my favorite restaurants, world-wide. The staff is always incredibly welcoming and thoughtful, and the food is always delicious.
Haven't been here in maybe 6 years and we were treated like family. Our first table was a bit small for our family of four but we didn't say anything to the hostess. We said amongst ourselves that it was a little tight but still ok. I think she overheard us and immediately offered to move us to a different table. When we saw the other table and it looked similar in size, we said we would just stay where we were. Before we could even sit back down, the manager came over and said to follow him and took us to a 6-person table just to make us more comfortable. AMAZING. This was followed by the typically incredible food and continued flawless service. I love this restaurant.
A great dining experience. Excellent food.
Overall was fairly disappointed with the experience. Two of our meals had to be sent back (one was cold, another with very undercooked eggs), and the rest of the meals were only ok. Service was fantastic but we all expected more from such a quintessential institution. Perhaps far past it’s prime
Balthazar always has a great vibe. Mixed reviews on the food this time. Salads were perfect -- creative & fresh. Entrees not so much. Both my scallops and my friend's shrimp were seriously overcooked, to the point that they were chewy & tough. Service, however was friendly, efficient and top-notch.
Lively place with an amazing seafood tower (lobster, shrimp. mussels, calamari, clams), excellent steak frite and an amazing lamb ragu over homemade ribbon pasta. Reception expertly manned- we were seated immediately with our reservation, served water and our wait staff could not be more attentive. Food priced on par with other restaurants in the area ($$). Wine by the carafe was reasonable. The only let down was dessert, a plum tart made with puff pastry that had sat too long in the fridge- hard, rubbery and not able to cut through it. Lovely french bistro but really hard to talk to my partner - the crowd was loud for a Sunday night!
Paris in New York....a very memorable meal and top level service
Was outstanding ... as usual ... NYC’s place to have Sunday Brunch ... or any meal for that matter ... highly highly recommend it ...
Always fun for Sunday brunch.
Balthazar never disappoints. Perfect way to start a Sunday in NYC.
The food and atmosphere were exactly as I remembered from years ago; Balthazar is classic NYC. But we had a 10pm reservation and I arrived at 9:25pm and asked to be seated as early as possible. We were told to wait at the bar and they would come find us. We didn't get a table until 10:20pm, after my date went to the host stand and asked what was going on. The bartenders were great, and once we were seated, the waiter was great but the reservation system and the host's lack of communication put a damper on the evening.
This was always one of my favorite restaurants in New York...it always had a great atmosphere and fantastic food. I unfortunately have to sadly say that the food quality has gone down substantially. We ordered 4 different plates and not one was good. Even the basic steak frites was not good. It was very disappointing. Thankfully desserts (we ordered two:chocolate cake and apple tartin) were excellent so we could at least leave on a happy note. Besides dessert however it was all very underwhelming.
This place never fails to amaze me. Great fun on a Saturday afternoon. Amazing service by our bartender (didn't catch his name, he is from Wales). Would definitely go back.
Perfect girls brunch spot in Soho! Always a great experience eating here..
Balthazar never disappoints! I make it a point to get there every time I'm in New York City. The service is impeccable, the food and drinks amazing. We had Bloody Mary's this time and they were really good! While it is a little on the pricey side, it's hard to beat the atmosphere and costs much less than taking a trip to Paris.
GREAT, DELICIOUS, IT IS A MUST GO EVERY TIME WE ARE IN NYC OR LONDON.
We went to Balthazar for breakfast and the food and service were excellent.
Have been going to B for a long time. Has always been good and consistent 7/10 and sometimes 8/10. Used to be good food, good service, good crowd. But last week it felt more like Gare du Nord than St Germain. Food OK, waiter v good, crowd? Meh... Maitre D was a bit of a pain and took him a while to find the reso. Was there all along. Lots of questions about when it was booked and by who etc. In the end it was right there on his ipad. Got shown an ok table next to the noisy serving station so i asked to move and was told the table i wanted was specially reserved (I didnt specify a table!). As said waiter was great. Bus boy was terrible. No clue. In the way all the time and hovering. Spoke absolutely no english at all, not a word. I dont really care at all about that ususally but was a pain when i asked him to get the the waiter a few times and he kept bringing me more menu's. Very Basil Fawlty. After having been there 100 times I dont think I will choose to go back. Shame.
Great service and food. A reservation through Open table is a must or you will wait. Fantastic experience.
Loud but loved it. Ended up talking to our neighbors.
We love it!
I love walking through the door, and feeling like I just walked into Paris.
Loved this place. The salmon tart one was to die for.
I have been a patron & fan of B for yonks! )Very Happy to always see that Z is there when you walk in).
Just got into town after being away for 6 mos & decided this is where I wanted to go.
It never disappoints and in fact, excels on every level!
Visited many times over the last 15 years and still has amazing food and atmosphere. Not in New York try the one in London.
Wonderful dinner and very good food.Special french drinks Armagnac and Dubonnet .A bit noisy lots of people good table service.From Sydney Well done
Good service, but expectation for drinks much to high. The pricelevel already on a high level. Expectation of 30 to 40 %tips are unacceptable and behaviour when getting less, like 15% was rude.
Always great food! The hostess accommodated us since we were late.
very loud lunchtime crowd - food so-so ... french onion soup - no onions - soggy bread crouton -soup consisted of mainly cheese which turned into a large ball in the bowl -
a disappointment ...
We come to NYC at least once or twice a year and always come to Balthazar. It never disappoints.
We really enjoyed our meal at Balthazar on our recent vacation. The foie gras and beet salad were incredible and I loved the mussels. Our waiter forgot our drinks until we had to remind him. But mostly, it was a wonderful meal.
We came here to celebrate my graduation with my family and everything was just fantastic. Food is amazing and desserts are must!
I took 40 minutes to get us to the table
We really enjoyed our lunch at Balthazar! The menu had a wide variety of options for all!
Came with my wife on a visit from London and I found your restaurant online...recommended by a newspaper.
On a damp evening, we opened the door to a warm wall of sound...New York chatting, eating, living. For a couple of hours we were one of them, enjoying the lovely food, and the attentive, unstuffy staff. If you like atmosphere, it's there in abundance. If it's first date..it isn't the calm, romantic retreat you might seek. But it's an experience not to be missed.
Authentic-feeling French food. The wait staff are kind and very attentive.
Everything was great! Spacing and layout was tight but it’s always been as so. Service and food was amazing!