Balthazar

4.7
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$31 to $50
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French
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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KO
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic, a favorite, outstanding as always. This place is full of old charm and hip ambience where every dish is a hit, not to mention killer martinis!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a really great time here I was sat down fairly fast and the waitress was excellent in explaining us the menu and what's good. I loved the food here to it was on point of what I was expecting. I would recommend this place to anyone and my friends and family if I could give more stars here I would. Cant waitnto come back to the NY next time and come back here to eat. Thank you.

B
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comida espectacular, lugar super agradable y original, servicio de Mustapha excepcional 100% recomendable..

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TS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was very sub-par for the price. I however appreciate the outstanding service and beautiful atmosphere. It looked straight out of paris.

B
New York Area
849 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our last meal out (3/13) before the freeze on eating out. Crowded but not as usual. Food okay, not up to Balthazar’s standards. Service the same: disappointing.

NB
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

My biggest complaint was the food. As a first time diner to Balthazar. This restaurant was highly for its food. I found not to be worth the money. My wife’s onion soup was very salty and missing any depth in flavor. My salad nicoise was greens we’re not fresh and found components to be lumped together. The seared ahi tuna was cooked med rare the way I asked. The dressing tasted more of blended oil than anything else. My chicken paillard was to thin and dry the sauce had no seasoning or flavor. The frisée on my chicken was old, rubbery not cut properly. My wife had a burger that was bitter with char. Just because it was well done doesn’t mean it has to be burnt. The fries were soggy, under done and salty. We also had coffee and it tasted of the residue when the coffee is not cleaned properly. The waitress was very good and attentive The offering of freshly cracked pepper was great.

C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an early morning breakfast, a rare moment when this place is delightfully quiet if thats what you are looking for, great food, ambience, and service.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun vibe! Incredible service! The duck special was wonderful. You can’t miss the steak frites!

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday celebration was simply perfect! We sat in a corner of the restaurant with a fabulous view of the room and received exemplary service!

b
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was hard to choose but I ordered the scrambled eggs in pastry. It was delicious.

JC
London
16 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter got my order wrong. But he amended it quickly and professionally. Not only that. He packed the order and gave it to me free of charge. I didn’t care for the freebie but absolutely appreciated the gesture.

JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We just didn't enjoy our experience. Our wad extremely busy to the point that he forgot to put in part of order. When we reminded him of this, he said he forgot to enter it, then quickly moved on without any apology. The mussels were great, but it was so loud in the restaurant we just Wanted to leave and go someplace else for dessert and drinks.

BM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every bit worth the price. It's quite a relaxing atmosphere despite it's fame. Intimate.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything great

JC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Balthazar has seen its best days. It is now a place full of tourists and uninteresing people, with a lot of noise. Success has these things...

OT
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently amazing! Service is top notch.

KN
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary.

DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Balthazar is a classic and an excellent representative of French culinary tradition in NYC.

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always worth it
Every time we come to NYC we book a table here

KG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible. Everything was delicious and made with intent. I can't wait to visit again.

M
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting was a bit too crowded and packed but otherwise perfect!

KF
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter & I ate a traditional French breakfast of waffles with fresh fruit and "eggs any way" which included eggs, bacon, toast (and more that I don't remember), and we both got the hot chocolate. Additionally, we got the tartine and a chocolate croissant to share. Everything was presented beautifully and was delicious. Service was great. I wish we had the time to eat here again during our trip.

KD
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Why can’t all restaurants be this good? Food is typical French bistro but top notch in every way. I don’t think you can a bad meal there no matter what you order. Service is outstanding and they are BUSY but somehow they get it all done and with a smile. And it’s cozy, sophisticated and fun. I can’t wait to return.

B
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always enjoy visiting Balthazar. Excellent combination of Franch/Parisian atmosphere and excellent cuisine. Our two couple friends and my husband and i had a wonderful evening together. Thank you.

MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfailingly excellent service

F
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was greeted warmly. The waitress was sweet and offered advice on menu as well as came around often enough. She was also apologetic when a drink ( espresso martini) was made very wrong and someone came over with 2 new fresh ones made to perfection. I ordered the Eggs benedict and my friend the steak and both dishes were lovely.
The only downfall * and I did not take away stars...that is a learning opportunity is the man who filled our water kept grabbing the bottle by the neck and top where the water pours from. That is a big no no.
Other than that everything else made up for it and I enjoyed my visit.

N
Frankfurt Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In any sense one of those fantastic restaurants that you would like to have around in your own town. I envy all New Yorkers for this magic place. We adore it every tine we are in NYC. No exception to the rule:-).

DM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite brunch restaurant in NYC. Quaint and cozy ambiance matched with always dependable excellent food and service make this our go-to restaurant for a memorable dining experience. Have been patronizing the NYC Balthazar for many years and have always had a great experience. Although it is always busy, one never feels rushed for a "table turn" like other NYC restaurants do. They allow you to enjoy your meal at a relaxing pace.

If you can get a reservation you will enjoy an epic dinning experience.

SE
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best brunch my daughter and I have ever experienced! The food, the atmosphere, the energy... It was expensive, but we felt well worth the experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excelente pero muy muy ruidoso

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R
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It's a fun restaurant with an energetic exciting feeling. The food is a bit overpriced for what it is, but it is very tasty and presented well. It also feels a bit like you are eating in Paris when you are in New York City.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun iconic place. You are paying for well executed steak, frites, and environment.

l
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

NYC Staple. Food could use a little more twist, but if someone is looking for a solid, straight forward meal, with a NYC vibe this is a very good option!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terribly slow service, forgotten drinks, chasing down the check... at 9:30am, with a restaurant 2/3 full...

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server Loraine was amazing!! She literally made our dining experience

HM
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loud and energetic, a diverse crowd of locals and tourists on a busy but not packed early Thursday dinner. By 7:30, packed and VERY loud. Superb oysters: fresh and very cold, good mix of East and West coast available. Famously delicious and classic French onion soup. Earthy fresh snails in garlic parsley butter, pushed too deep in shells for extraction with two pronged “tuning” fork; toothpicks did the trick. Chairs not very comfortable; they’d like you out in 90 minutes so they can turn your table. Whole roast chicken quite pricey, well seasoned w green herbs under skin, moist, delish pan sauce, but skin not crisped. Steak tartare very fresh, a little boring. Skip the red shrimp risotto, which was more like a Hawaiian stir fry than a creamy risotto. Desserts were just ok, tasty but lacking delicacy, finesse. Go during off hours, stick to the classics!!

S
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

They could have made a little effort at plating the food. My petite steak was just that with some shoestring fries shoveled on the side

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing meal with amazing service to match. Classic French ambiance.

MZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic SoHo bistro in a great neighborhood. The food was better than typical bistro fare with plenty of choices that weren’t the usual steak frites, the duck confit was excellent.