Restaurants, French Soho
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Balthazar (Photograph: Andrew Fladeboe)
Photograph: Andrew Fladeboe


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; 4, 6 to Spring St; B, D, F, M to Broadway - Lafayette St.
Price: Average main course: $23. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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This is a busy and well known restaurant so make sure to reserve a table well in advance. I had the steak frites with bearnaise sauce and man, was it goooood. Steak was a perfect medium rare with crispy fries. I love love loved the bearnaise sauce. I couldn't stop eating and talking about it! It was smooth and buttery and savory and paired so well with the steak. Mm!

Adam V

Getting a table without waiting on line or making a reservation is tough. The seafood is startlingly fresh, and the menu covers creative and classic dishes. The service is friendly and feels very well versed. There's a good bar and a bakery next door supplying fresh baked goods. Overall, it remains popular for a reason, and is worth it.

Leila E

When I think of New York, Balthazar is one of the places that comes to mind, along with Central Park and the Empire State Building. It is never a disappointment when I come to Balthazar, both for the food and the people watching.

Christa Sully

As much as this place is a classic New York establishment, I think for New Yorkers who live here, coming once and never again is enough. The waits are always too long, the food is good, but not great and it's pricey. 

It's romantic and the space is beautiful, especially being nestled in the middle of Soho, so make a trip and try to go during off-hours..if that exists. 

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
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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.