French Restaurant$$$$
SoHo, New York
945 Tips and reviews
  • French food
  • lively
  • steak
  • breakfast food
  • good for dates
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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 Apr 10
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
    Upvoted Apr 10
  • 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.
  • 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
    Upvoted Apr 10
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Meatball Shop
    The Meatball ShopApril 2, 2012
    The quintessential NYC French Bistro. With a beautiful wine selection, delicious dishes, and incredible people-watching, it's no wonder it has become a city staple for visitors and locals alike.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListDecember 26, 2011
    Flourless Chocolate Cake - perfect in its own way, dark chocolate. On the sweet side, it satisfies cravings and morphs into another creature completely when warmed and topped off with a pour of cream. Read more
  • Jole P.
    Jole P6 days ago
    The seafood platter is the most delicious and ostentatious demonstration of being a baller. The trout is also AMAZING and a huge portion
  • Lucu C.
    Lucu ChalmetonMarch 21, 2012
    Love their French bread! Pain au chocolat, croissant, an the restaurant is very authentic! French onion soup is thick, confit de carnard is very tasty. Seabass, escargot... You name it
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 27, 2010
    You really can’t go wrong in this classic French bistro transplanted in SoHo. Reservations are definitely a must as the restaurant is typically packed at all hours of the day.
  • Hessa A.
    Hessa AlabdulkarimAugust 2, 2016
    The French toast was okay, loved the waffle, the boa he'd eggs on avocado toast, and the egg benedict. Lovely staff
  • Sara A.
    Sara AlNasserJuly 24, 2015
    Busy busy busy .. Book your table even for brunch, good food and service, the avocado toast with pouched eggs were great 👌🏼
  • Alexandra F.
    Loved breakfast in Balthazar. Eggs Norwegian and a chocolate donut. Very well done, good service in a nice neighborhood.
  • Alper Ç.
    Alper ÇuğunNovember 14, 2014
    I'll try to visit this place on each trip to New York (preferably first thing from the airport) for oysters and steak frites.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksAugust 27, 2014
    Can't go wrong with the Steak Frites at Balthazar. Don't forget to get a side of their amazing fries! Read more
  • Chas P.
    Chas PressnerFebruary 3
    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.
  • JY G.
    JY GBApril 30, 2014
    If you're in NYC, you have to eat here. Great steak, special atmosphere. The steak tartare is probably the best in the world! They don't do walk-ins.
  • Aj B.
    Aj BadderApril 12, 2016
    I love the lighting here! They manage that yellow glow that momentarily transport you to Europe for just a bit.. The food and ambience are great as well.🍻
  • Nikki V.
    Nikki VargasAugust 17, 2011
    Has the vibe of a busy Parisian bistro; the escargot are my favorite appetizer; for main course I always go for the steak frites with that decadent bernaise sauce. Great restaurant!
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbackJune 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    the best value on the breakfast menu is the $5 soft boiled egg with soldiers. it's surprisingly filling and you get the added bonus of feeling a wee bit british.
  • Superb
    SuperbJune 19, 2012
    Love their weekend brunch items! If you don't have a reservation for the main dining room, opt to wait for a table in the cafe area - the turnover rate is much higher!
  • Katie S.
    Katie SchlossJanuary 30, 2012
    Known for their bread, we recommend the Scrambled Eggs In a Puff Pastry with Wild Mushrooms and Asparagus or if you are watching your carbs, try an Egg White Omelette With Herbs.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 5, 2011
    Bobby Flay, of Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, recommends Balthazar, Keith McNally's legendary Soho bistro, that serves classic French dishes. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more
  • Taisiia I.
    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.
  • BarChick
    BarChickAugust 14, 2013
    An absolute must-visit! With a French menu, bustling bar and an in-house bakery, it will please even the fussiest of eaters
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CoudonMarch 28, 2012
    Amazingly creamy oysters & some of the best frites in town. If there's a long wait eat at the bar. Some of the best seats in the house!
  • Kmart Fashion
    Kmart FashionDecember 2, 2011
    We love their pastries & breads, but best part about this place is the benches outside. Our tip: If you hang out on the benches long enough, you’ll be sure to spot a celebrity.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyDecember 14, 2011
    The almond croissant is a great treat for breakfast or afternoon w/ the right amount of almond paste and flaky, buttery but dense dough w/ almond slivers covering the pastry
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 22, 2013
    Keith McNally’s Parisian brasserie outshines any imitation within a baguette’s reach. The long lines for table service are a perfect excuse to sip martinis at the intimate bar.
  • Ngan N.
    Ngan NguyenOctober 5, 2016
    Went for breakfast, really enjoyed the avocado and poached egg on toast. When ordering eggs benedict though, the small option is small - just one egg portion on a small side plate!
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinFebruary 7, 2015
    A veritable soho institution. Come for the atmosphere, stay for the food. Eggs cocotte at breakfast and duck shepherds pie at lunch are 2 sleeper picks
  • fatih n.
    fatih narJuly 7, 2013
    1st thing; this is a french fast food restaurant, don't wait a "restaurant" with proper table/service! 2nd thing; DONOT get steak frites! I saw many comments here on SteakFrites butnot sure why?
  • İpek A.
    İpek A.March 20, 2015
    You should stop by for Chicken Sandwich with Bacon. Delicious! And also duck & their cocktails are great.
  • Renee M.
    Renee MaslikhovAugust 16, 2011
    Best apple martini in the city. Mixologists use a proprietary mixture that includes fresh apple pulp! Not sweet and liquor tasting! Tart, fresh and delicious as it should be!
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'SullivanMarch 23, 2015
    Try to come during the week. Weekends are packed, and for walkins, you'll have people hovering over your table the entire time.
  • Odo
    OdoJuly 9, 2012
    Great Soho bistro, always busy, Risotto is great, tartare a classic, the pork belly superb, moules are nice, you can't go wrong here. Full review... Read more
  • Dina F.
    Dina FierroApril 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The half grapefruit at $7.50 is, unsurprisingly, discernably less delicious than the $13 half grapefruit I once ordered from room service at the Mandarin Oriental.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupSeptember 4, 2010
    A NYC Institution, which has one of the best brunches around. Try the Sour Cream and Hazelnut Waffles with Warm Berries!
  • Styleite
    StyleiteJuly 5, 2011
    Eating in the dining room is nice, but real Francophiles know the bakery is where it’s at. Pick up a pain au chocolat and a baguette (or three), and don’t miss out on the lemonade.
  • From The World B.
    From The World BlogOctober 23, 2012
    Amazing breakfast options, like scrambled eggs in puffy pastry, eggs en cocotte or red fruit waffles. At lunch and dinner, everything is also perfect.
  • naveen
    naveenAugust 6, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    great for a morning meeting obvs. bring something to read, get there earlier than your party and snag one of the half-circle booths against the back wall (my spot!). ginger citrus tea. decompress.
  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiDecember 14, 2015
    Best breakfast in NY, order the bread basket! The sticky bun is the best. They have excellent French onion soup and eggs Benedict!
  • Erika D.
    Erika DjerfJuly 14, 2016
    split the steak tartare, warm goat cheese & caramelized onion tart, frisée salad, homemade ricotta agnolotti & the steak frites. All recommended.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJune 10, 2012
    Nice old worldly French atmosphere. The tuna nicoise salad was awesome with perfectly rare seared tuna served in a generous bowl. Service can be snobby though
  • Gonzalo F.
    Gonzalo FiorinaSeptember 26, 2015
    Nice vibe. Try the octopus appetizer and the confit duck entrée. The creme brûlée was great.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    If you're lucky enough to nab a table at this opulent hotspot, you'll be in good company: business moguls and stars are often spied sampling the oyster bar, steak frites, and enormous wine list.
  • citichik c.
    citichik chickpeaJuly 21, 2012
    Excellent, friendly service, delicious quality food. Not a romantic spot, but good place to hit when family is visiting or with a few friends for a nice meal.
  • Sam M.
    Sam McCrimsonFebruary 28, 2013
    The profiteroles were pretty amazing. Adding new take on this French classic, they replace the creme centre with ice cream. Very delicious.
  • Lesleann
    LesleannJanuary 29, 2012
    "Bathazar's Banana-Pecan Cake doughnut is toasty chopped pecans, secured with [a coat of] frosting, the banana element is subtle between the sweet, delicate crumbs and the pecans." - Serious Eats
  • Steve W.
    Steve WattsMarch 1, 2015
    Absolutely sure to make a reservation...great steak au poivre and lamb t-bone
  • Alejandra G.
    Alejandra G.March 28, 2011
    Best brunch!! Amazing breads of all kind. I ordered eggs Benedict, 100% recommended...... Arrive 3 hrs before you plan to eat, the wait is LONG!!! But it's totally worth
  • Lara R.
    Lara RoseApril 23, 2012
    I love this quick sandwich spot. You can sit on the benches outside after you order, and don't forget to ask to get your panini warmed up!
  • ياسر القاضي 🏇🏿
    Steak frites is way more delicious than Steak au poivre.
  • Larissa V.
    Larissa VazOctober 21, 2012
    One of my favorites! To start ask for the Chicken liver w foie grass mousse, a nice wine and then the classic bar steak. Nham!
  • Avi Y.
    Avi YashchinFebruary 24, 2015
    A little touristy as to be expected in the busy area of Soho. Food is still good and the atmosphere is fun. Good for brunch and dinner.
  • Florencia 🦄 H.
    Florencia 🦄 HorowitzNovember 27, 2015
    Nice place 🍴💕
  • İsmail Ş.
    İsmail ŞendilJuly 6, 2016
    Onion soup nefisti. Steak Au Poivre ise bugüne kadar yediklerimin en iyilerindendi. Finali Creme brulee ile yaptım. Biraz gürültülü ama super bir ambiance. Mutlaka gidilmeli.
  • Mg O.
    Mg OtazoApril 11, 2016
    La sopa de cebolla y la carne sellada en pimienta 🙏🏻 sublime! Las papas fritas perfectas incluso después de enfriarse un poco. Comida abundante y excelente atención.
  • Rachel F.
    Rachel FerlagJanuary 19, 2016
    Ambiente lindo, atendimento gentil, comida deliciosa. Mas tudo isso tem preço... Alto! E já não é tão glamuroso quanto alguns anos atrás, mas ainda vale. Não deixe de fazer reserva!
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