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Balthazar
Balthazar

Balthazar

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££££FrenchBreakfast & Brunch
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80 Spring St, New York City, NY 10012
(212) 965-1414
http://www.balthazarny.com/
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Balthazar serves traditional bistro fare from breakfast through late-night supper. Opened by Keith McNally in the spring of 1997, Balthazar offers a French menu prepared by chefs de cuisine Riad Nasr ... Read more
and Lee Hanson. Diners can also choose from an extensive wine list, a raw seafood bar, and breads and pastries from Balthazar bakery.

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Local from New York City, New York State, USA

Balthazar is Keith McNally's masterpiece, an evocation of a Paris brasserie that outglows anything within Brie-tossing distance of the Seine.

Yet for all its visual impact and despite McNally's uncanny skill at creating a place that remains hot longer than most of its patrons' relationships, Balthazar's tender braised short ribs, shepherd's pie made with duck or grilled dorade with herb sauce and romesco sauce is exactly the kind of brasserie fare you would like to remember having had the last time you strolled the Boulevard St-Germain.

The only smudge in this postcard is that every American not in Paris seems to want to dine here, meaning tables have been planted everywhere—some so close to the front door that those seated there will get coat-smacked silly. In that case, dash into Balthazar's superb bakery, grab a baguette, and make do with a walk along the Hudson.

— Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld @nymag.com

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Always popular European style cafe in downtown Manhattan. Great place to enjoy some pastry or have brunch.

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New Delhi, India

Definitely very difficult to get a table. But I only ever come here for their fries so I normally get take out. Kind of a tourist trap, but their fries really are some of the best in town.

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Local from New York City, New York State, USA

One of New York's best brunch spots in the Lower East Side and definitely my favorite. Balthazar is my go to brunch destination spot when I'm entertaining out of town guests. You'll find a lot of beautiful and influential people dining here.

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Local from New York City, New York State, USA

A classic masterpiece on the New York brunch landscape, Balthazar is a piece of Paris reincarnated on Spring Street. The Sunday brunch is epic, with such showstoppers (besides the clientele, which regularly includes A-listers) as sour cream hazelnut waffles, eggs bella donna, and a ratatouille omelette, a selection of hangover cocktails, and a bountiful baskets of freshly baked breads and pastries. However, weekends are crowded and brunch requires a reservation made much in advance. Weekday breakfast is Balthazar at its best- the eggs, the atmosphere, the bowls of cappuccinos, the elegance of it all. A dose of the Left Bank in the heart of Soho. The adjoining Balthazar Bakery is a nook of croissant dreams and baguette reveries, and a delicious option for a breakfast on the go.

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Seoul

This French bistro smack in the middle of a Soho boasts a busy buzz, particularly on the weekend when the wait for a table may not be worth the Eggs Benedict, delicious as it is. It's great for a weekday brunch or after work meeting spot. I've spotted many celebrities there over the years, which is part of why it's become so touristy. But the food still holds up, which in my opinion is the bigger draw!

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Belford, New Jersey, USA

Went here on my first date with my wife. Best French fries in US. Been back several times for dinner and brunch. Don't forget bakery next store

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London, United Kingdom

If you're looking for a French flair In the heart of Soho, this is a great spot for brunch. It's surprisingly large and there was no wait. Brioche French toast was very good, but be warned prices are very high, even for NY. A little loud and packed with tourists, so don't expect a neighborhood experience.

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Local from New York City, New York State, USA

Yeast, wheat, and salt combine into that tantalizing fresh bread smell that’ll make you think for a small moment that maybe you aren’t in a city covered in urine.

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An elegant French bistro in the heart of artsy Soho. The French menu is first-class, and the atmosphere is perfect. Brunch can get extremely crowded, which is why making a reservation works like magic. The oysters are divine, and the breads and pastries are to die for.

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Local from New York City

Great place for brunch. Order the grilled ham and cheese and sip on a glass of prosecco.

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Local from Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

Great replica of a Parisian brasserie. Balthazar always has a buzz. The atmosphere is good and the food and service are solid. If Balthazar were in Europe, it would be just another brasserie but somehow it has become a legend in Manhattan. I think there are far better (and more local) places to eat in NY but if you prefer the beaten tourist path (or just need a Euro fix), it is hard to go wrong here.

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Local from New York City

In spite of being too touristy for my taste I do love Baltazar for its atmosphere, great wine list, oysters and lobster bisque.

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Local from New York City, New York State, USA

Balthazar is like a little black dress...will never go out of style and always a good standby. Constantly busy for years, awesome food (especially brunch) and great people watching.

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Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant

Balthazar may be horribly cliché, but I can't help feeling a certain fondness for this Soho institution. The service is efficient and often kind and attentive; the close tables engender a certain camaraderie with your neighbors; and the food is reliable. Best to stick to standbys like the hamburger with crisp fries, crème brûlée, and proper cocktails.

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Local from New York City, New York State, USA

This typical brasserie offers wonderful food in a crowded and noisy environment. I absolutely love it there.

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Local from New York City, New York State, USA

One of my favorite go-to's in Soho, this gorgeous french style brasserie offers fantastic food and service at almost all hours of the day. The service is amazing and they constantly have a fresh supply of fresh seafood for a delicious raw bar. Definitely one of my top 10 favorite restaurants in New York City.

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West Los Angeles, California, USA

The croissants here are absolutely amazing. I tried a plain one and almond one. I initially thought I'd like the almond one more and although it was delicious, the plain one was pretty much perfection. Flaky, soft, buttery, and not too sweet.

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Local from New York City, New York State, USA

A NYC staple - just OK for brunch (many better options including Peels, The Standard, Cook Shop, etc.), but great for lunch and dinner. While an iconic dining experience, I actually prefer Keith McNally's other restaurants - Schiller's is a cheaper option with a strong menu and Morandi is a GREAT brunch and dinner option.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA

It is really touristy; however, you can't beat the location if you are shopping in Soho. A strong choice for brunch.

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