Balthazar

4.6
5542 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 5542 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We were with another couple who received their entrees 15 minutes before ours came .

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

The food is awesome!

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

Excelente comida y muy buena atención, voy todos los años es comida muy fina

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

I come back

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T
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites , consistently good food and lively atmosphere.

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KW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, acceptably loud, great service and great good.

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Phoenix
181 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Balthazar was a great place to grab a meal and enjoy that classic french bistro experience. The wine list is extensive and if you are into Oysters then you will not be disappointed by the selection. The Streak Frites was superb and the service was quick. If anything to complain about is that the noise level is not energetic it is loud. If you are looking for quiet conversation then this is not the place for you but if you want a boisterous group that feeds off the energy around you then you will not go wrong. The tables are small and you are sardined in with other diners but no different from other restaurants in New York in that regard. Ultimately this is an NYC classic and one that should not be missed.

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SO
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I Love this Place, The perfekt Food, The Atmosphäre....perfekt

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H
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I my opinion Balthazar has the best crème brûllée in NYC.

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

Fantastic but TOO NOISY and tables are really all together... not enough place to sit confortable

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E
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service
Had a great evening and birthday celebration while in New York

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MV
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balthazar is consistently good, classic French bistro food. Decent French wine list too. I have not had a bad meal there in 20 years of dining. I went to lunch expecting to order one of my favorites, their excellent steak tartare, but the Monday special of grilled lamb chops over warm white bean salad caught my eye, and it was delicious , perfectly seasoned and grilled to perfection. It is also amazing how relaxed and friendly the staff is for such a busy place. P. S. They also serve a fabulous breakfast with treats from their bakery next door.

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AR
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything is perfect! don"t change anything!!! people are great,service is great,food is great and vine selection is perfect1

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B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for lunch with a reservation. Getting seated was somewhat confusing and noisy. I believe that it was because of the time. Would recommend going on off hours. Once we were seated the food and the service was excellent.

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food, great ambience, friendly and accomodating servers.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gran lugar, comida servida al punto.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

muy bueno el ambiente,cada vez que visito nueva york lo disfruto

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EG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food, the rissoto was outstanding, great service

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j
Nashville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

never ever disappoints. personal calls to confirm reserve - mike made notes for maitre d' that we had an engagement soon after dinner. were warmly welcomed and served by each staff member. thank you, thank you, thank you for your attention to every detail that makes each patron feel special and the dining experience enjoyable

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TR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our go- to places in nyc. Have been here many times and it only gets better and better.

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Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a fun dinner at Balthazar. Our waiter was outstanding- professional and pleasant. I had the French onion soup and it was so so. I loved the Goat Cheese Tart and the Beet salad appetizer. We also really enjoyed the salmon, which was prepared excellently. The hamburger was delicious and so were the French fries. Balthazar is a place we always enjoy anytime we are in New York!

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EA
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent restaurant , visita obligatoria en NY !!

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Toronto
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience with amazing service
A must when we come to NYC

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CB
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As brilliant as ever. Wide choice of dishes, all were excellent. Service attentive. Noisy ambiance. Jam packed for brunch. Love it!

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

Perfect!!!

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A
Italy
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
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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MH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Poor tuna salad

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
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 on October 13, 2018
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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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
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 on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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LL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the best waffles I’ve ever eaten! They melt in your mouth. Yum!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
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 on October 12, 2018
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 on October 12, 2018
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 on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come to this rest every time I am in New York and each time it is a delightful experience. I love the oysters and the wine selection. French cuisine at its best. Great shopping all around on a Spring Street. Good start to a ladies’ trip! Highly recommended.

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
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 on October 11, 2018
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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TO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service wonderful food energetic and definitely a place to be seen

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