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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 (181)
Good for a Date (157)
Authentic (152)
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Neighborhood Gem (149)
Great for Brunch (138)
People Watching (138)
Great for Lunch (137)
Fit for Foodies (135)
Fun (123)
Hot Spot (121)
Good for Birthdays (114)
Casual (114)
Sunday Lunch (101)
Good for Anniversaries (98)
Notable Wine List (91)
Vibrant Bar Scene (89)
Romantic (76)
Comfort Food (72)
Good for Groups (72)
Business Meals (71)
Cozy (64)
Bar Seating (62)
Creative Cuisine (61)
Pre/post Theatre (55)
Worth the Drive (53)
Late-night Find (51)
Tasting Menu (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Afternoon Coffee (24)
Happy Hour (21)
Local Ingredients (20)
Seasonal (18)
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)
Tapas (3)
Organic (2)
Great Beer (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was excellent . Waiters and Managers walk around and make sure you are enjoying the food and you get very well taken care of. Definitely will be back again

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

I first went to Balthazar when it first opened a couple of decades ago. It hasn’ Changed, and that is good. A classic cafe, the food is simply and expertly prepared. The service is spotty since it is so busy. The French onion soup is perfect. I always get the fries.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was fine but nothing notable. Obscenely overpriced. They are obviously resting on the laurels of the Balthazar name. I’m glad I tried it but definitely won’t be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Service can be better ... it is price high therefore service should be excellent ...

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Very tasty bfast reccomens it goagain get there early before pasty basket is gone

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 (Miami)·Dined 4 days ago

👍 great food

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Extremely frustrating that we booked the reservation 2 hours prior to our reservation however when arrived at the restaurant found that they were having kitchen trouble and none of their ovens were working. They were limited to a pastry and coffee menu only. The host was very friendly and very apologetic however just frustrating we made the effort and travel to get there to find we wouldn’t be eating a “brunch”. Feel like they should have taken the next step to contact their reservations ahead of time to inform them of the situation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was amazing. The octopus carpaccio was a pleasant surprise. The flavor and texture we're not what I expected. The salmon with pomeogranite tabulhi was delicious. The creme brulee was the best I've ever had. I highly recommend it for the food. The service was good. The staff was friendly and courteous, but a bit slow.

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·Dined 4 days ago

This place was highly recommended to me by many friends and it didn't disappoint. Excellent food and service. The place can be a little bit too crowded, the only drawback was that our table was extremely close to other two that were beside us, leaving very little room for privacy.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Waiter was a little snooty. Don’t go in asking what is good on the menu or for a French translation. We were seated almost on top of two other tables. They need to pull out the tables to let people in and out, very uncomfortable. But food was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

Great place!
Great food!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Love Balthazar!! Neighborhood go-to despite all the tourists.
Nicest staff at any restaurant in NYC!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food, excellent waitstaff.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined 6 days ago

Not sure why this place is always booked, probably since most eating here are tourists and don't know any better...The place is incredibly too loud,small tables on top of each other. If you like hearing the conversations of the people dining next to you...this place is for you.
As far as food goes, the portions are small and over priced, the quality is fair at best.
If you are a native New Yorker this place is not for you, it's a glorified TGIF.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Being going here for many many years. Always great food and service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 6 days ago

the place was great but there is a tiny space between tables and that make the place a little uncomfortable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Duck confit and mussels both cooked to perfection and delicious! Service was warm and friendly. The only thing that missed the mark was the cocktail shrimp, it was overdone and chewy. Plan to return here next time I'm in NY!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 6 days ago

Charlotte was excellent server. Food was great. My wife and I greatly enjoyed the evening.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

The food is consistently good, the place is buzzing, lots of celebrities, the service was excellent despite of how full the restaurant was. It has become a must go on my NYC trips for a while.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (México)·Dined 6 days ago

Awesome! Great service.

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·Dined 7 days ago

I brought my girlfriend here on a Saturday evening to celebrate her birthday and strongly regret doing so. The food was awful, service was below par and the tables were unbelievably close together. I honestly couldn't explain why my experience was so far off of everyone else's (if you read the reviews on Yelp) but I will never return to this restaurant. What we received for the price point was trash and I will recommend that everyone spend a few more dollars and go somewhere nicer and classier like Gramercy Tavern.

I paid $31 for a trout with soggy skin and a depressingly unappetizing salad, and $35 for a duck confit which we couldn't finish because it was extremely salty and far too oily. Yes, I know that oil is par for the course for confits, but I thought this was far over the top. I will say that the steak tar tar was outstanding and is the only reason I would say Balthazar was not a total disaster. The appetizer was delicious and had all the right spice notes.

Service was similarly uninspired. Our water looked like a guy Balthazar pulled off the streets 10 minutes before opening for dinner, and he waited on us at the same level. He really couldn't have cared less about providing extraordinary service, or even good service. It was service enough (i.e., he took our orders and brought the food to our table), but completely forgettable. In fact, I'm still trying to forget that I ever came.

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vip
 (México)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent restaurant in Soho. Food was excellent and service was also very very good. Excellent spot, trendy yet cozy. Very crowded so make your reservation. Nice bar also. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

overcharged us by mistake and threw away the reciept. the waitress was very confused.
food was ok. the pastries we’rnt that fresh.
overpriced

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 18, 2017

To noise and to crowd. Not recomended for a quiet dinner. We had a 10.00pm reservation but our table went ready only at 10.30pm. We wanted to have a drink at the bar during that wait but it was so crowded that we couldn’t even approach to the bar.
Im not coming back!

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our experience at Balthazar was great. We were seated about 10-15 minutes after our reservation time, but were able to enjoy some wine and people watching from the bar while we waited. The highlight of the meal was the french onion soup, but everything was very good.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Fantastic! We love Balthazar!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Delicious food, good service!
I would recommend there if you are at soho

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I used to go to Balthazar for Breakfast/Brunch and I loved it. This time I decided to try their lunch. The place is beautiful, reminds me the Parisian's Brasseries. The hostesses were not pleasant at all. None of them. However the server was extremely nice. The food was good, we had the goat cheese quiche, the steak eggplant, and the mussels with French fries. For dessert we shared the Pavlova. Unfortunately the meringua was too dense while it supposed to be crispy on the outside and soft in the inside. Overall it was a nice lunch but I do believe that the experience starts when you open the restaurant's door.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Had an amazing time at Balthazar. Always an incredible dinner spot I visit when in NY.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Brilliant! Where French Brasserie meets buzzing and vibrant NYC, great food & wine, friendly and attentive service, genuine decor, stellar ambiance.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I've been many times since 1999, the Niçoise salad used to not have peppers. Beside that, was great.

I look the place lacking of maintenance. The mirrors try to resemble being old, but it doesn't justify that they were dirty.

The restroom was really dirty.

Balthazar could still be one of the best spots in NYC.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

The room has a nice space. Feels intimate though it’s very sooacious. The staff represents as professional, courteous, warm. My food, a vegetarian option was delicious. Located in a fun part of the city.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Ya fuimos otras veces a Balthazar y confirmamos sigue siendo un muy buen restaurant. Ambiente agradable de bistro frances, buena comida, excelente servicio y buenos vinos franceses.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Balthasar has style and impetus I just wish it weren't so expensive!

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Balthazar remains a great place, great atmosphere, always good service and good food... Love it!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Consistency is the real test of quality. It’s been over ten years that I’ve been going to Balthazar and they never disappoint on all levels. They write the book on consistency.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Over-rated for food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

This resturant has the best Steak Tartar on the planet!! I have tried it every place and even in Paris. Nothing compairs to their fantastic STEAK TARTAR!!!!

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Everythins was so goood!

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

We chose Balthazar for our last meal in NYC before flying home to Australia. Great food and we felt it well worth the price. Interesting combinations, superbly cooked and presented. Wish it was closer to home 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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