French Restaurant$$$$
SoHo, New York
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    The steak frites at Balthazar is a can't miss
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    "Go for the classics: oysters, steak frites, confit de canard..."(47 Tips)
    JY G.
    "The steak tartare is probably the best in the world!"(28 Tips)
    Luiz Filipe M.
    "The Duck Confit is one of the best things I have ever eaten."(19 Tips)
    Cali V.
    "Don't miss out on the Blue Point Oysters or the Escargot!"(24 Tips)
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  • breakfast food
  • good for dates
  • pastries
  • trendy
  • tarts
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 12, 2013
    Keith McNally's French bistro is a New York classic, packed and lively from breakfast until far into the night. It's pricey, but reliable; Balthazar may age but its standards haven't fallen.
    Upvoted Oct 19
  • Densheart icon on user image
    DensJanuary 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I went on a Wednesday morning and it was full of important-looking business-types having their power breakfasts. I went on a Thursday night and it was full of tourists. Choose wisely.
  • Stephanie A.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie AlvarezJanuary 27, 2013
    Le Balthazar is amazing to see and packs delicious flavor. The desserts are delicious as well I would recommend the mango cheesecake, creme brûlée, and Profiteroles. You will enjoy every moment there!
  • Chas P.
    Chas PressnerFebruary 3, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    What can I saw about a classic! While the higher end items on the menu are great, the french fries can't be beat! Some of the best in the city.
  • Missy M.heart icon on user image
    Missy MackeyDecember 29, 2022
    Always busy but put your name before you walk around soho and shop. Get the croque madam, fries, bread and butter, and French onion soup! And an aperol spritz of course.
    Upvoted Nov 6
  • Simran D.heart icon on user image
    Simran DassMarch 22
    Super cute vibes but also very busy. I got the omelette & the onion tart which were both great. My friends recommended the puff pastry dish & the scones. Would come back!
    Upvoted Nov 6
  • Densheart icon on user image
    DensNovember 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    You won't find a breakfast sandwich on the menu, but if you ask nicely they'll make one for you on a crossaint and it's super super good!
  • Léna L.
    Léna Le RollandSeptember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best places in NYC ! All the food is great, love the fries ! and I'll always take the "pot de crème" for dessert. The service is amazing. A glass of champagne always waiting at my table :)
  • Jordan M.heart icon on user image
    Jordan MJanuary 27, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Sometimes: frisée salad, steak au poivre, shrimp cocktail / always: martinis / never: without friends
  • Burak A.
    Burak AltindagMarch 29, 2016
    Amazing! Steak frites, cheeseburger, lobster risotto and beet salad were unbelievably delicious. But, having a goat cheese and caramalized onion tart is the greatest favor that you can do yourself.
  • Eceheart icon on user image
    EceMay 25, 2018
    This place is one of my favorite restaurants in Soho. Best grilled chicken ever! Dont evet leave without trying profiterole. It has vanilla ice cream instead of cream filling and tastes divine!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 16, 2016
    The Bitches say: B-. Balthazar was a little stuffy and tired for our taste, although the service was on point and the quiche was delicious. Next time, we’d just grab a coffee & a pastry next door. Read more
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousNovember 21, 2014
    Perfect steak frites, frisée with lardons, and salty, creamy brandade de morue. A look into one of the enormous aged mirrors that line the dining room is as likely to reveal a celebrity or two! Read more
  • Katerina K.
    Katerina KuvOctober 17, 2018
    French food, trendy, traditional French atmosphere, fully. Amazing wine card, nice service, book table in advance. Good for dates, lovely. Delicious breakfast and brunch. Must
  • ReemOheart icon on user image
    ReemOOctober 1, 2014
    For breakfast you must try the french toast on the most delicious french toast i've tried. Great service and the food over all very good.
  • May♍heart icon on user image
    May♍November 8, 2018
    With the very quaint French Bistro feel, how can one go wrong with Balthazar? I felt like I was in Paris! One of the top brunch places in the city forever! No wonder lots of celebrities were seen here
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 3, 2015
    Order one of their burgers, the coq au vin, or the steak frites, and pair it with either a beer or a selection from their ample wine list. Then sit back and enjoy. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJune 3, 2013
    Perhaps the most Soho of Soho restaurants, Balthazar's goat cheese and caramelized onion tart is the ultimate gooey savory prelude to a delicious, Francophilic, comfort food filled meal.
  • Ahmed B.heart icon on user image
    Ahmed BMarch 14, 2016
    The peppered steak is coated in dense, charred peppery loveliness. The burger with blue cheese isn't bad either. Reservations can be tricky but They tend to keep a few tables spare for walk-ins.
  • Cagla I.heart icon on user image
    Cagla IcacanFebruary 20, 2018
    L-o-v-e-d it! Breakfast/brunch time is the best time of the day to experience the atmosphere. Food is amazing! Try eggs florentine and herbs omelette.
  • Charlottesheart icon on user image
    CharlottesFebruary 17, 2015
    Lovely Euro setting though possibly bit shabby around the edges, it really only added to its charm. My partner and I bot had steak and fries. I ordered medium rare and it came well done. Still delic
  • Erin S.heart icon on user image
    Erin SheaJanuary 3, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Treat yourself to brunch at Balthazar, order a French 75 and seafood tower and start your day off right. This place gets crowded. Reservations are a must, unless you want to try your luck at the bar!
  • Ana B.heart icon on user image
    Ana BritoMay 2, 2016
    The best brunch I've had in the States!!!! So delicious!!! Worth the wait for a table!! I ordered a dish the waiter suggested it was made with eggs, bacon and mushrooms!!!
  • PureWow
    PureWowApril 25, 2017
    We’d follow that pain au chocolat anywhere, along with oysters, steak frites and the feeling that we’ve somehow accidentally teleported to the chicest brasserie in Paris.
  • Natalia V.
    Natalia VellaMay 31, 2013
    Started off on the wrong foot as man attending booking said I didn't have booking when in fact I did. He didn't try to be polite about it. Waiters & food was fantastic, plus great wine list :-)
  • Theory
    TheoryDecember 27, 2011
    NY. Whether you are grabbing a croissant to go or dining in the restaurant, this is one of our go-to spots. Balthazar is a chic space for a business lunch & intimate enough for a personal dinner, too.
  • Paulheart icon on user image
    PaulFebruary 6, 2015
    The meat, the bun, the whole burger was a wow experience. I'd also recommend the roasted beet salad as a starter. The whole menu looked delicious but you can't fit it all!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 14, 2015
    Home to a superlative bowl of French onion soup, enriched with Port, white wines & a browned cap of melted Gruyere.& Country bread croutons soak up caramel-colored broth thickened with charred onions.
  • Monika M.heart icon on user image
    Monika McMahonJune 19, 2016
    Perfect burger and fries for lunch as you take a break from shopping in SoHo. P.S. Look at the ceiling - see the playing cards? Ask your waiter why they're there for a great, insider story.
  • Taisiia I.heart icon on user image
    Taisiia I.June 7, 2015
    Best breakfast in NYC. Get anything you want, there's a great selection of meals from ordinary omelettes and oatmeals to oysters and steak tar tar.
  • Eshrefe S.heart icon on user image
    Eshrefe ShehuFebruary 2, 2017
    Lovely atmosphere and sincere service compliments very well the delicious food, sweets and wine. Had to wait one week to get a table but worth it.
  • Amer C.heart icon on user image
    Amer ChebaroOctober 17, 2015
    Walked in on a Sunday morning after being eyed up and down by the host to evaluate if we "fit it". Great food though and wonderful service. The place to see and be seen on a Sunday morning.
  • Ra S.
    Ra ScorpioMarch 11, 2019
    This place is famous for its brunch-- and for good reason! Its elaborate French dishes and bread basket from its own bakery next door make for a lovely Parisian-style meal with friends and family.
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Condé Nast TravelerOctober 27, 2016
    Balthazar somehow fashioned a magical spot in which Paris and New York embrace like lost sisters; nearly two decades on, it's still the ultimate Manhattan brunch rendezvous. Read more
  • Marc v.
    Marc van de HareJune 12, 2018
    The service was poor for the price you pay. Our aperitif (champagne) came half the way of the starter instead of relax drinken before your starter.There was no butter-knife.Fries to much well done.
  • Geoff K.
    Geoff KimFebruary 6, 2012
    Bake 7.1: French bistro style restaurant in SOHO which has a very good bakery/patisserie attached. Even if you don't eat at Balthazars, go inside and check out the dining room which is pretty sweet. Read more
  • Paula B.
    Paula BuzzoApril 5, 2018
    The best steak tartare in town. Their Salmon with tabbouleh and pomegranate is a good option as well. Service is good but a little bit slow.
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    The famous French bistro in Soho has a secret that runs deeper than the inner workings of their basement kitchen. Balthazar loves children (even the Cheerio-tossing kind). Read more
  • Daniel K.heart icon on user image
    Daniel KarranFebruary 2, 2015
    The name alone is one of my favorites! Be sure to make reservations ahead of time if you want to indulge in some great french creations! I suggest the 'Duck Confit' for a dinner entree!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    Splurge on Le Balthazar ($170), a giant three-tiered plateau de fruits de mer that involves a whole lobster, just-been-shucked oysters and clams, fresh ceviche, shrimp and even a few snails. Read more
  • Marthaheart icon on user image
    MarthaFebruary 22, 2015
    raw bar, French onion soup, steak tartar, goat cheese tart, French fries with a side of au Poivre sauce, duck confit, any of the 3 steaks, profiteroles...the list goes on. celebrity-spotting central.
  • Densheart icon on user image
    DensJanuary 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    From what I gather, one of the last places east of Broadway still serving bernaise sauce w/ their steak frites. Also one of the few spots I've found that stocks Bruichladdich (scotch). Get both.
  • Taly H.heart icon on user image
    Taly HotimskyJanuary 9, 2016
    Good steak tartar and amazing burger as well as steak with fries Service was also incredible Desserts we asked (chocolate cake and apple tart tartin) weren't at the same level as the rest. Unfortunate
  • Daniela R.heart icon on user image
    Daniela RatnerJanuary 5, 2016
    Service was exceptional. Carol was amazing. Went there for brunch. The puff pastry egg dish is the best. Fries are great too. And the cappuccino is very big which is a great thing.
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurmanOctober 3, 2016
    Bar seating is first come first serve, usually a better chance to get seated during peak hours than the dining room. Also, highly recommend the scrambled egg in puff pastry for brunch.
  • Karyn C.
    Karyn ChinJanuary 15, 2015
    LOTS of tourists! But the food really is delicious... The onion soup is one of the best. Moules frites were fresh but the mussels were underwhelming. Fries are great!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Don't go after 10 a.m., when it's filled with out-of-towners and skinny movie stars. Order a big creamy bowl of café au lait when the place is peppered with discreet, big-deal New Yorkers. Read more
  • Jole P.heart icon on user image
    Jole PJune 18, 2017
    The seafood platter is the most delicious and ostentatious demonstration of being a baller. The trout is also AMAZING and a huge portion
  • Salma .
    Salma 🇸🇦July 5, 2022
    French onion soup, steak au poivre were so good 👌🏻
    Upvoted Sep 26
  • Morgan T.heart icon on user image
    Morgan ThomasFebruary 3, 2015
    Get the Steak Frites. Great place to people watch. This place gets busy so parties of 3+ probably need a reservation. The staff is accommodating and attentive. Has a lively atmosphere.
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