“The brioche french toast was great; the sour cream waffles amazing!”
“The waiter was very helpful with a wine recommendation.”
“The ambience of the decorating makes it a delight to enjoy any meal here.”
“Good scene for celebrity watching and great wine selections.”
“It's a great place for drinks at the bar.”
“Would recommend this place to others and will definately be back for more.”
“Wait staff is extremely friendly, which is impressive given that it was 2 am by the time we left and the place was still crowded.”
“mac and cheese was great but not really worth the $$.”
“If you are looking for a great place to have a quick and delicious breakfast before work, Balthazar is the place.”
Amazing ambiance and consistently good food every time I visit!
What can you say? It never changes, it never falters, and it's always jammed. If it wasn't such a slavish tribute to Paris brasseries, you could even call it the ultimate New York restaurant. Certainly, it's a hell of a lot better than the places in Paris that it emulates.
Hectic, Loud and Great.. Not here for the quiet romantic dinner. Your whispered sweet nothings will be lost in a jarring mass of banging cutlery, falling plates and half-shouted conversations. It all adds to Balthazar's energetic buzz. You are dining in New York City, remember. We found the waitstaff to be friendly and helpful despite being in the midst of a weekend supper crush. This was our third visit and the food has continually been high quality. The goofy reservation policy reeks of Nineties excess (a table at the far superior Union Square Cafe' is easier to get). But as Balthazar's hipster cache has fallen off in recent years, luckily, little else has.
One Hit. Tranformed to Paris. Loud but good. Seafood tower is a great date share. Love the bar snacks. Brunch is never a miss.
Hype. I honestly don't see anything special in this place, and don't quite understand how they can justify the price they are charging. I was there for a brunch - maybe the bar scene at night is better ??
will not go back. came here for dinner on a thursday night. the service was unattentive. the food was so-so. me and my friend both left half of our entree plates untouched... frites were excellent. balthazar should really consider investing in their glasswares - they looked old and dirty.
french jewel in soho. We had no problems making reservations, we were promptly seated the wait staff was very friendly, attentive, the food was excellent
Brunch like no other - come early. This is an absolutely divine place to go for a weekend brunch with friends, visiting parents, or your better half that you'll have to nudge to wake up. The service is slightly nose-in-air but they get the job done, if only to serve you some of the most excellent food (try the Eggs Benedict) I've had in fice years of NYC restaurant hopping; the meal we had was continuosly supplemented with exquisite fresh bread which was a plus.
Still the best spot in town. Few restaurants keep a sense of excitement and purpose past 6 months. Balthazar just gets better every time. The food is great, the wine well-priced, the staff professional. It works for a date, to take your mom out to brunch or share a shellfish tower with 4 friends.
can't beat it. People were outstanding. Could not do enough for us. Best Steak. A little too loud for light conversation.
Overrated, Overpriced, Underserved. We went with another couple. Their recommendation. His wife and I had bouillabaisse. Below average, hardly memorable. It was julienne of vegetables in fish stock with 1 mussel, 1/3 of small lobster tail; several pieces of fish and 3 boiled potatoes. My wife and he had steak frite. It was only ok. Worst was service. My wife watched our waiter take unemptied carafes (about 1-2" left in bottle) from tables that were not finished. Before she realized it, he did it to us. Before that, every time we took a sip, he was pouring from the carafe. That wasn't service - - that was pushing booze for a higher bill and tip. Will never go back. Our friends were embarrassed. Too many superior restaurants in NYC to go here....even once! Noisy too, but bearable. It is NY after all.
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