80 Spring St
between Broadway and Crosby St
New York, NY 10012
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Average Main Course Price is $26
A stunning brasserie straight off a Paris movie set, Balthazar is perennially packed with a hip and well-heeled crowd. Fortunately, breakfast is a somewhat quieter affair, as white-aproned waiters serve croissants, homemade donuts and pain au chocolat from the restaurant's superb bakery. More substantial fare includes organic eggs prepared a dozen ways as well as sour cream-hazelnut waffles, homemade granola and steel-cut oatmeal. Weekend brunch draws a who's who of media and finance industry elites for oysters and terrific Bloody Marys. TRAIN: 6 to Spring St
Best for Breakfast Because: Still thriving after 16 years, Balthazar remains the quintessential SoHo spot for traditional bistro fare--if you can snag a table.
Best for French Because: Keith McNalley's ode to the Parisian brasserie is timelessly popular and eternally packed.
Best Because: Still in vogue (and in Vogue) after nearly 20 years, Keith McNalley's ode to the Parisian brasserie is a quintessential SoHo experience.