Restaurants , French Soho
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Not only is the iconic Balthazar still trendy, but the kitchen rarely makes a false step. At dinner, the place is perennially packed with rail-thin lookers dressed to the nines. But the bread is great, the food is good, and the service is surprisingly friendly. The $99 three-tiered seafood platter casts the most impressive shadow of any dish in town. The frisée aux lardons is exemplary. The skate with brown butter and capers and a standard-bearing roasted chicken on mashed potatoes for two are both délicieux. Don’t hate the patrons because they’re beautiful; just join them.
Venue name: Balthazar
Address: 80 Spring St
New York
Cross street: between Broadway and Crosby St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 7:30–11:30am, noon–5pm, 5:45pm–midnight; Fri 7:30–11:30am, noon–5pm, 5:45pm–1am; Sat 8am–4pm, 5:45pm–1am; Sun 8am–4pm, 5:30pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: N, R to Prince St; 6 to Spring St
Price: Average main course: $23. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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David K

Two things I'll recommend off the menu -- steak frites and the shepherd's pie. You're better off going here for a date than with a larger group. If you're visiting, this is going to be a safe bet for a nice night out.

Rosie T
Staff Writer

What a yummy place indeed. My husband and I ordered the seafood platter- we loved it. I wouldn't say it was the best seafood I have ever had but it was very good. I probably would have gone for a 4* but was swayed a bit by the atmosphere, I found that the tables are all so close to each other and so with a full restaurant (this was) the noise level was just too much and also the service was not as spot on as I would expect. That said this is a place that I would visit again and have in actual fact also visited the London branch. 

Amy Cavanaugh

An icon of French food, Balthazar continues to turn out perfect plates, including snails dripping in garlicky butter, foie gras that melts in your mouth and an exceptional steak frites. The room is warm and convivial, and celebratory New York evenings are best spent with a seafood tower, available in two sizes—though if you’re already going big, splurge for the $175 version. The wine list is well-edited, with a few carafes joining bottles and glasses. Breakfasting at Balthazar sets the right tone for the day, with housemade baked goods, several takes on eggs benedict and oysters, for those mornings you really want to splurge.


Amazing food, excellent service! The place i want to go back to time and time again.