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Breakfast: Balthazar oozes a cool vibe that's impossible to replicate. Perfectly positioned on a Soho corner, this is the breakfast spot of the rich and famous. It's not uncommon to spot a celebrity, and of course, the food is divine. Billed as a French brasserie, the energy is something else entirely - not quite New York, not nearly Paris. Instead, it feels like its own little world, a hideaway for anyone who's in on the secret. Plan to take plenty of time for people watching while you delicately eat your soft-boiled egg or indulge in something more sinful like the sour cream hazelnut waffles.

French: A stunning brasserie with buzz to spare, Balthazar is perennially packed with a well-heeled, see-and-be-seen crowd that spans investment bankers, media moguls and, more often than not, an oversized-sunglass-wearing celebrity or four. The escargot, braised in garlic and white wine, is a favorite, as is the classic tarte tatin. Linger over a glass (or several bottles) of wine, and you're sure to see at least one boldfaced name. The highly coveted rear booths are unofficially reserved for the truly elite, so let your glance pass over all the restaurant's flatteringly lit nooks and crannies. Be cool. This is New York, after all.

Dessert: Balthazar oozes a cool vibe that's impossible to replicate. Perfectly positioned on a Soho corner, this is the breakfast spot of the rich and famous. It's not uncommon to spot a celebrity, and of course, the food is divine. Billed as a French brasserie, the energy is something else entirely - not quite New York, not nearly Paris. Instead, it feels like its own little world, a hideaway for anyone who's in on the secret. We'd recommend visiting for brunch and then popping over to indulge in the bakery where you'll find decadent options like flourless chocolate cake, lemon tarts and pistachio opera cake.

Brunch: Balthazar oozes a cool vibe that's impossible to replicate. Perfectly positioned on a Soho corner, this is the breakfast/brunch spot of the rich and famous. It's not uncommon to spot a celebrity, and of course, the food is divine. Billed as a French brasserie, the energy is something else entirely - not quite New York, not nearly Paris. Instead, it feels like its own little world, a hideaway for anyone who's in on the secret. Plan to take plenty of time for people watching while you delicately eat your soft-boiled egg or indulge in something more sinful like the sour cream hazelnut waffles.

SoHo's Best Restaurants: The perennially packed Balthazar serves French bistro fare to an impossibly stylish crowd of media moguls (oh, bonjour, Gawker's Nick Denton), models and the people who break freshly baked bread with them. The escargot, braised in garlic and white wine, are a favorite, as is the classic tarte tatin. Linger over a glass (or bottle) of wine, and you're sure to see at least one boldfaced name. The highly coveted rear booths are unofficially reserved for the truly elite, so let your glance pass over all the restaurant's flatteringly lit nooks and crannies -- but don't stare, of course! This is New York, after all.

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Local Expert Emily Saladino Says:

SoHo's Best Restaurants: "Skip the scene with a takeaway basket of Balthazar's legendary breads from the onsite bakery."

Best for SoHo's Best Restaurants Because: Still in vogue (and in Vogue) after nearly 20 years, Keith McNalley's ode to the Parisian brasserie is a quintessential SoHo experience.

Dinner Menu

Hors Doeuvres
Entrees
Le Bar A Huitres - Plateaux De Fruits De Mer
Le Bar A Huitres - Oysters
Le Bar A Huitres - Shellfish
Plats Pour Deux
Les Garnitures
Plats Du Jour
Desserts
Assiette DE Fromages
Stumptown Coffee & Anèri Espresso
Dessert Wines

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