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80 Spring St., nr. Crosby St. (SoHo)
New York, NY
(1) 212-965-1414 | www.balthazarny.com
HOURSMon.-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 FORBreakfast; brunch; lunch; dinner; late-night bite
PRICE (APPETIZERS; MAINS)USD 12-27; USD 22-43
FAMOUS PLATESBalthazar salad; steak tartare; moules frites; fries
DRINKS AND WINEBellini Martini; French wine list; cocktails
# OF SEATS200
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAYSpring St. (6); Prince St. (N, R)
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).
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.
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