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    BALTHAZAR

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    Balthazar

    80 Spring St., nr. Crosby St. (SoHo)

    New York, NY

    (1) 212-965-1414 | www.balthazarny.com

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    • CUISINE

      French
    • HOURS

      Mon.-Thurs.: 7:30am-11:30am, 12:00pm-5:00pm, 6:00pm-12:00am; Fri.: 7:30am-11:30am, 12:00pm-5:00pm, 6:00pm-1:00am; Sat.: 8:00am-4:00pm, 6:00pm-1:00am; Sun.: 8:00am-4:00pm, 5:30pm-12:00am
    • BEST FOR

      Breakfast; brunch; lunch; dinner; late-night bite
    • RESERVATIONS

      Recommended
    • BAR

      Yes
    • YEAR OPENED

      1997
    • PRICE (APPETIZERS; MAINS)

      USD 12-27; USD 22-43
    • NOISE

      Medium/Loud
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Balthazar salad; steak tartare; moules frites; fries
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Bellini Martini; French wine list; cocktails
    • # OF SEATS

      200
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      Yes
    • SUBWAY

      Spring St. (6); Prince St. (N, R)
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    VIBE

    Step into 1940s France via this Parisian-style brasserie, where the fare seems so authentic that it could just as well be coming from a little local spot on the Left Bank. In the true brasserie spirit, Balthazar boasts wall-sized mirrors, cushy red booths, and rows upon rows of sturdy wooden tables. Service is prompt and polite despite the heaving crowds–this place is buzzing all the time, but especially so during Sunday brunch and late at night, when SoHo bar hoppers stop in for a quick bite (a special late-night menu is offered).

    CROWD

    The cream of New York’s trendsetters, Francophiles, people-watchers, romantics, SoHo locals, and savvy tourists.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    Stylish casual; in keeping with the vibe, why not dress as the Parisians do? Try a classic top, blazer, pleated skirt, ballet flats, and a fabulous hair accessory or necklace.

    GO HERE WITH

    Friends; significant other; a date; yourself

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    Among restaurateur Keith McNally’s many trendy French bistros and brasseries, this is certainly his finest. With crowds this enthusiastic, dining here can feel like being at the zenith of the New York scene.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    Avoid the seats by the door, especially in winter when the chill seeps in.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    Breakfast is fantastic here: we like the USD 19 full English breakfast, or, when we just want a quick bite, a plain croissant or pain au chocolat and a café au lait. Reservations are essential for dinner (walk-ins are consistently disappointed). Balthazar is the creation of Keith McNally, who also owns the famed Pastis in the Meatpacking District. Those tired of the dine-in scene or just short on time can hop into Balthazar’s excellent bakery, which offers baguettes, croissants, and various French pastries and sandwiches.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Pastis (New York); The Odeon (New York)


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