Balthazar


80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

Phone: 212-965-1414
Phone: 212-260-4555

Map / Directions Map / Directions

Hours:
Mon-Thu 7:30am-Midnight; Fri 7:30am-1am; Sat 8am-1am; Sun 8am-Midnight

Dining Options:
Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms

Cuisine:
European, French


10BEST Says

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 -- but don't stare, of course! This is New York, after all.

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.

Breakfast: 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

Brunch: Traditional French cuisine with distinctly American flare enjoyed in a tastefully lavish atmosphere makes for a truly memorable breakfast. Brasserie-style Balthazar delivers the most glamorous brunch on our list, featuring decadent dishes like eggs in puff pastry, grilled trout and sour cream hazelnut waffles. They even have a featured crepe of the day and their very own bakery. Brunch in NYC is usually a casual affaire, but Balthazar is extravagant. Whether you try their full brunch or just freshly baked croissants and giant cups of coffee, it's definitely worth the expensive price tag. Feel free to indulge. TRAIN: 6 to Spring St.


Insider Tips

Local Expert Says:

French: "No time to linger? Pick up a French pastry or a freshly-baked baguette from Balthazar's bakery, located next door to the restaurant."

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

Best for French Because: Keith McNalley's ode to the Parisian brasserie is timelessly popular and eternally packed.

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.

Local Expert Says:

Breakfast: "No time to linger? Pick up a French pastry or a freshly-baked baguette from Balthazar's bakery, located next door to the restaurant."

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.

Local Expert Says:

Brunch: "One of the few places on the list that take reservations, be sure to book in advance."

10Best List photo 10BEST says

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 -- but don't stare, of course! This is New York, after all.

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.

Breakfast: 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

Brunch: Traditional French cuisine with distinctly American flare enjoyed in a tastefully lavish atmosphere makes for a truly memorable breakfast. Brasserie-style Balthazar delivers the most glamorous brunch on our list, featuring decadent dishes like eggs in puff pastry, grilled trout and sour cream hazelnut waffles. They even have a featured crepe of the day and their very own bakery. Brunch in NYC is usually a casual affaire, but Balthazar is extravagant. Whether you try their full brunch or just freshly baked croissants and giant cups of coffee, it's definitely worth the expensive price tag. Feel free to indulge. TRAIN: 6 to Spring St.

10Best List photo Insider Tips

Local Expert Anjali Mansukhani Says:

Brunch: "One of the few places on the list that take reservations, be sure to book in advance."

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
Desserts

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