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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.

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About 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.

80 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

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

Cross Street:
Crosby

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 965-1414

Website:
http://www.balthazarny.com/

Parking Details:
Parking garage on Prince & 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.

Executive Chef:
Shane McBride

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Please join us on Christmas Day at Balthazar! We will be open for Brunch and Dinner serving our regular menus as well as a fantastic Prime Rib Special beginning at 11am.

Balthazar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (178)
Good for a Date (154)
Authentic (151)
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Neighborhood Gem (147)
Great for Brunch (138)
People Watching (137)
Great for Lunch (136)
Fit for Foodies (136)
Fun (120)
Hot Spot (120)
Casual (113)
Good for Birthdays (112)
Sunday Lunch (101)
Good for Anniversaries (97)
Notable Wine List (91)
Vibrant Bar Scene (87)
Romantic (75)
Business Meals (74)
Comfort Food (72)
Good for Groups (72)
Cozy (66)
Bar Seating (62)
Creative Cuisine (62)
Pre/post Theatre (56)
Worth the Drive (53)
Late-night Find (51)
Tasting Menu (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (29)
Afternoon Coffee (25)
Happy Hour (22)
Local Ingredients (20)
Seasonal (19)
Quick Bite (17)
Afternoon Tea (16)
Kid-friendly (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Scenic View (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Healthy (10)
Disabled Access (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Great Beer (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

No doubt a New York institution, and fine if you want to witness the razzle dazzle.
If you're after high end food of the French inclination, go elsewhere.
Pretty expensive for cool frites...............

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Balthazar is one of my all-time favorites in New York! The friend I was with had never been to the restaurant and we went for brunch. She LOVED it as I thought she would! What an 'UP' place to be. Staff and clients are friendly and it's a happy place! I'll be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I’ve eaten here many times over the years. Lovely room , great staff , great ambiance.
However , I had the steak / frites , cooked perfectly with a lovely crust and medium as asked for but the meat itself was stringy and fibrous , as if it had been frozen meat.
I don’t mind paying healthy prices for simple dishes but I expect a good quality cut of meat to be the starting point. Fresh ( never frozen ) , well hung , well sourced.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food was generally good, but the steak, as expensive as it was, was quite disappointing. Seems to more about the name and atmosphere than the food.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Our go to French cafe style place in NYC. Great tasing food, wonderful baked goods and an ambiance that conjures up bustling Parisian bistros. Reservations a must, get one next time you’re in the area.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

You’re paying top dollar for people watching. Server forgot we existed after taking our order. Food was good but not great, definitely not great for the sky high price ($30 for a chicken sandwich).

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Fantastic atmosphere, great food and superb service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Overrated, overpriced and a little bit pretentious. Food was very average.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was great, the only disappointment no gluten free options.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Excellent food and service!

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We came from Germany to NY for vacation. Balthazar was recommended to us by a german friend who spent a lot of time in NY. We were 3 persons and had dinner at Balthazar and it was GREAT! But: table reservation is strongly recommended. The restaurant was very crowded and the distances between the tables were small.
Excellent food and service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Everything is good until I find out somebody steal my new expensive umbrella

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Stop here every visit. Never disappoints. Excellent service, ambiance and food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Balthazar never fails! The food and waitstaff are both stellar and consistent. I will return to Balthazar every time I am in NYC!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (London)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Fantastic but it becca es marvellous if will Ware Wi-Fi

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Muy mala experiencia
La comida mala
Los meseros muy groseros
Y un tipo que era el gerente me grito porque me quejé del servicio ya que habíamos esperado casi 30 minutos por una hamburguesa. Pésimo servicio y la comida nada buena

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Brilliant atmosphere and superb food, all the time. A must go!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

As always had a fantastic dinner experience from the moment we arrived to when we left. Attentive service without ever feeling rushed. Once again, great food and wine! This is why we return here year after year!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Have been going to Balthazar for over 10 years and am never disappointed. The wine menu is varied and we have always appreciated recommendations.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I had a great meal at Balthazar again this past Saturday. Solo on business, I was treated with the same great service as any group would be. The food exemplary and delivered to the table piping hot. Questions about the fish and wine choices were answered with expert knowledge by my server. I've always had a great time here, there's a terrific wine list and cocktail menu, along with a reliable french inspired menu and will be back again soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Used to be good. Now a tourist trap. Food mediocre at best. Especially the 41.00 steak frites which was thin and not very flavorful. What happened to this place? Attitude at the door is hilarious. I mean, really?

Tags: Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I had a very enjoyable lunch. It might seem like a strange complaint but the food came out within 15 minutes of ordering. It was good but I felt, for the price, there should have been more food on the plate. The service was excellent. We made a reservation (highly recommend) and only had to wait 5 minutes for a table. The bad parts: no place to wait for your table (the bar was packed at 2 pm) and the restaurant is SUPER LOUD! It was very hard to have a conversation with my friend. Overall I would still recommend Balthazar.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food as usual was delicious, steak tartare was an absolute standout and the chicken liver appetizer was also very tasty. Good bottle of wine made it a great occasion. Only downside was that according to my wife the ladies bathroom was in a terrible state and had obviously not been attended to through the lunch time rush.....easy to fix...so do it!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Balthazar is sadly living off past glories and is in a process of self destruction. Time and space are of the essence, you are shepherded in and cast out as quickly as possible to a claustrophobic table. Our waiter was lovely, helpful and cared and the place had a buzz, but its London cousin is far superior. The steak tartare was dry and loveless, the rump steak arrived with no resting period, rendering my plate a sea of blood. I sent it back to only be redelivered the very same steak, dry and overdone. Very questionable policy for any restaurant with integrity. The bathrooms were shambolic and dirty with no attendant. Standards have obviously slipped in their greedy quest for putting as many bums on seats as possible. The management need to seriously reconsider their brand and marketing principles. I wouldn't recommend going to anyone who wants a quality experience.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was delicious. The service was very Parisian, meaning it was not speedy, but they were attentive in certain areas. The atmosphere is very "Paris cafe" in a good way. The raw bar options are amazing and well worth the expense. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Great for Brunch, People Watching, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

As always, paying Balthazar's a visit for breakfast was quite a lovely experience. We brought a friend who enjoyed the variety of the menu as well as the ambience for the first time. Only the noise due to the many, many seats that are always taken -- especially at weekends -- is a pity. Anyway, the food is really nice and worth going there!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I love the energetic atmosphere at Balthazar. It is a typical high-volume NYC French bistro, that has great food and friendly service. Love to take my out-of-town friends here as it is typical New York that everyone recognize from Sex in the City. I had the Eggs Valentino this time, but all the eggs Benedict versions are excellent. Great Bloody Mary as well. My 18-year-old niece loved it!

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We came here specifically for the Steak and Frites and were certainly not disappointed! The meal was decadent and incredibly tasty.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Balthazar remains regularly packed for a reason, you can always expect a great scene and great food

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

My husband and I come to eat here twice a year and this last time was HORRIBLE! The waiter was rude, Never asked if we wanted more drinks, and my chicken was so overcooked I couldn’t eat it. Such a shame since I looked so forward to eating there and will never again.

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 (Yorkshire)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Attentive staff; delicious food, scrumptious profiterole dessert, best mashed potatoes ever. Well worth a visit.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We arrived and had to fight our way to get in, there was a queue waiting to see the matre’d and it didn’t seem to be moving. We told a waiter that we had a reservation and were told we needed to wait. 20 minutes after our reservation we were still waiting. We got fed up waiting and being pushed past by waiters so left without eating. Very disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Quite delicious as always. From the OJ to the eggs.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Service was excellent, the best omelette I have ever had. A must to bring out of town guests.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Wonderful place. Very nice food and wine menu. Outstanding service during all time.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Wonderful service, food, and atmosphere. Love this place and should come every time I am in New York.

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, People Watching, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great dinner and service. Heavy traffic had us running a 1/2 hour late for original reservation but they held our table with no wait. Thank you

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

One of our favourites....we come every year when we are in New York and it never fails to impress...excellent meal and service again this year...highly recommended but make sure you have reservations!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Sehr laut und eng, dafür sehr gutes Essen. Wein überteuert.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (México)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The best French restaurant in Manhattan

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