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.
80 Spring St
|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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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.
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.
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.