Balthazar

Balthazar

French Restaurant$$$$
SoHo, New York
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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.
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundJanuary 10, 2016
    Balthazar is an iconic French restaurant in New York and the original brunch spot. The ambiance is atmosphere are a traditional French bistro or Cafe in Budapest. The wait staff are all immaculate
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stephanie A.
    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!
  • Reemo A.
    Reemo AlmanieOctober 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.
  • Alper Tolga S.
    Alper Tolga SelimogluJuly 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This French bistro in Soho is my favourite in Manhattan.👍 Go have a breakfast there, they make good omelette and croissant.😋 They also serve full English Breakfast. All yummy.💯 instagram @NeGezdik
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 :-)
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfFebruary 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
  • Ahmed B.
    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.
  • Dens
    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.
    Upvoted Apr 25
  • Paul
    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!
  • PureWow
    PureWowApril 25
    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.
    Upvoted May 8
  • Ana B.
    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!!!
  • Léna Le Rolland
    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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 8, 2011
    Best Nut-Topped Doughnut: Banana-Pecan Cake doughnut. The banana element is subtle but present; between the sweet, delicate crumbs and the toasty chopped pecans, it's an incredibly tasty specimen. Read more
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphJuly 3, 2012
    A timeless French-American bistro with tiled floors, red leather booths, and a marble counter. The raw bar and steak frites are superb, as is the French wine list. (001 212 965-1785; about ₤60 a head)
  • Dens
    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.
  • Monika M.
    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.
  • Amer C.
    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.
  • Daniel K.
    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
  • Pablo H.
    Pablo HernandezApril 10, 2013
    I had the Balthazar bar steak. Can I just say that this was one of the most tender and succulent steaks ever! You have to try the bread pudding too. Soooo good. A+ for this French hot spot!
  • Eshrefe S.
    Eshrefe ShehuFebruary 2
    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.
  • Martha
    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.
  • Dens
    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!
  • F-Factor N.
    F-Factor NutritionOctober 17, 2012
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Food Sluts
    The Food SlutsJune 27, 2012
    While touristy, French classics with Basque flourishes mostly please. We loved the crisp Berkshire pork belly with creamy grits ($29) and the decadent chocolate pot de crème ($9). Be prepared to wait! Read more
  • Tablet Hotels
    Tablet HotelsFebruary 26, 2013
    One of the hippest restaurants in Manhattan, Balthazar is never short of activity. Highly recommended are the steak tartare, croissants, mussels, and frites. Truly a touch of Paris in Manhattan!
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 10, 2013
    For an unexpectedly light and incredibly tasty hors d’oeuvre, get the Chicken Liver and Foie Gras Mousse. With such a generous liver portion, it’ll be hard to leave room for your entrée!
  • Daniela R.
    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.
  • Taly H.
    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
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 18, 2011
    We love seasonal sweets like the spicy-crusted linzer tart; but all year, you'll find one of the best coconut cakes in NYC; extra-buttery scones; and mini vanilla, caramel, or chocolate profiteroles. Read more
  • Morgan T.
    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.
  • BordeauxWines
    BordeauxWinesFebruary 14, 2012
    The pinnacle of French bistro in the heart of SoHo boasts one of the most extensive wine selections in the city. Try out one of the twenty or so Bordeaux wines. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WilliamsNovember 14, 2012
    "At the Soho brasserie, "Le Grand "($95) is a platter of solely oysters while "Le Balthazar "($145) is loaded with three tiers: a bottom layer of oysters and clams, a middle tier containing a..." Read more
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WittSeptember 3, 2015
    Nice interior, typical french bistro. Staff extremely attentive and caring. The crowd is often horrible: Tourists in shorts. Food is good. Definitely try the steak frites.
  • themodman ..
    themodman .netMay 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pain au Chocolat whenever, Eggs Norwegian for breakfast, Salade Nicoise for lunch, Pan-Roasted Chatham Cod for dinner. Top it off w/Caramelized Banana Ricotta Tart, and dont forget the wine.
  • Lindsey K.
    Lindsey KimJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A tried and true New York staple. Get the agnolotti with chestnuts and ricotta, roasted salmon, and bananas ricotta tart for dessert.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanOctober 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.
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