Balthazar

4.6
5511 reviews
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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.
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 5511 People Are Saying
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Italy
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sono tornato da Balthazar a NYC dopo due anni e l'eccellenza della cucina è senz'altro confermata. Piatti completi materia prima di grande qualità sia per il pesce che per la carne. Dolci eccezionali. Lista dei vini vastissima ed internazionale. Esperienza da fare anche se il prezzo è superiore alla media di NYC. Un angolo di Francia a Soho. Tutto ottimo.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Service by an real frenchman! We enyoied it very mich!

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r
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wine and pleasant, helpful waitstaff. We ate early and the place filled up as the dinner progressed. The place was packed and lively as we left.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The European cafe ambiance is fun. The burger was good, though not sure it was worth the price compared to other well executed restaurant-style burgers. Eggs Benedict was underwhelming. This was a fun place to go once with friends visiting from out of town. I can't see myself going back as it's just not worth the price point.

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DW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and NY vibe is the draw. Always fun and good people watching.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was pleasant without being truly attentive
Steak was not as requested - medium rare
Food was good but did not relate to the prices which are high by any standard
Wine prices were exorbitant

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Austin
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The initial impression was not good and it didn’t get much better. Restaurant was packed at 3pm on Friday for our reservation. Host stand was highly disorganized. NO ONE SMILED OR WELCOMED US. The hostesses don’t speak, they just ignore you or nod. At the table, my soda glass was never refilled, waitress never smiled either. Food was ok. French fries were deemed the best on Food Network but they were just ok. Warm chocolate cake was excellent but it took 30 minutes to come out. Waitress never gave us a status or checked on us. We thought she forgot the order but she never came by for us to ask about it. We came from Texas for a special occasion and were disappointed in this restaurant. Not a friendly atmosphere.

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PF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I love Balthazar, It is a Great New York point. A Classic stylish restaurant.

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VW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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SH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food in a vibrant busy restaurant. Only negative is the tables are far too close together and very difficult to get in and out of seats. Overall, a great place to meet for breakfast.

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HH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I emphatically asked the waiter to ensure my soup was hot, it wasn't...., she took the order, and did not even bother to warn the cooks..., I called her to bring the soup inside and make it hot, she took a while...., eventually she did, to bring it back warm.... not hot. That is grossly careless.... I have been many times to Paris, although Balthazar, NYC is a good place, by Paris standards it will be just another many restaurants and bistros there, nothing extraordinary...., the management needs to pay attention, to how their employees take simple requests like mine.

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r
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent and a great experience. Always a pleasure to go there.

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SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, fresh and fast, Balthazar’s is a great choice for breakfast, brunch or lunch. The coffee was fantastic, the eggs in puff pastry was exquisite, and the pain au chocolate was chocolatey

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CD
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Used to be amongst NY’s best, but now expensive and mediocre.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The setting is Nice, but the Balthazar is much too noisy if you are only two people

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S
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Classic French menu, well prepared

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JA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Wonderful experience! The skate and the banana tart is a must!

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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Balthazar for a week day brunch with my brother and his wife. Service was excellent. Good selection of breakfast/brunch food. We had a corner table in the window. We stopped here on our
way to The Tenement Museum. Would highly recommend!

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AD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service and very good food! Lovely atmosphere!

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JC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What was once the It place is now one of New York’s classics! Still wonderful after all these years!

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AM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service very good. Bread is awesome and addictive, we ended up having 3 baskets. Would go again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always seated immediately and the quality and speed of their food is always on spot!

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C
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always on the “must” list and always an outstanding experience!

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F
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is consistently excellent. The room has the feel and look of an European bistro. The service is excellent as well. The whole place runs like a well oiled machine.

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KF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and a wonderful experience allllll around

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G
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

An interesting and enjoyable experience . Very good ambience and very friendly customers

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday.
Food was fantastic.

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TM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I haven't been here in years and it was pleasantly just as good as we remembered. Food was excellent!

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HD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Fantastic Oyster Bar and very good food. It was VERY loud (on a Saturday night). Wine list was reasonably priced and had some very good French wines. Service was spotty.

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RM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The tables for two were too close together, so we asked for a more private table. They sat us in the bar area which was OK, but it wasn't as nice an area. Food was great (braised boneless beef ribs). Glad we went.

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JG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent experience at Balthazar. It is my favorite restaurant in NYC.

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VI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The asmosphere is great and energetic - the food delicious and the staff most friendly.
We can highly recommend Balthazar.

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SC
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting. Beautiful decor. Staff was very friendly. Went for our 34th wedding anniversary on our trip to NYC. It was great.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent as well as the attention to detail with the service.

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AF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic! The food was great.

We got steak frites and it was the best that I've had so far.

We also tried profiterole which had a great serving and taste.

Prices are also really good, not overpriced.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was the absolute best! She was sweet and helpful and make great recommendations! The duck was perfection! I could have eaten two!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome and the food was even better!!! Spendy but definitely worth it!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Being going there for more than 20 years and it still is my favorite restaurant in NYC. Congrats!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Love this place!

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T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was great. The food (oysters, special, confit) was exactly as one would expect from a fine restaurant. I’ll never hesitate to return or send someone.

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