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“Buzzy French restaurant in soho”
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Ranked #189 of 13,820 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $100
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: SoHo
Hong Kong, China
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Buzzy French restaurant in soho”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Authentically French. Huge room, absolutely packed. Fun vibe. Fabulous shellfish. All food was great. Service didn't start well when greeter was mid sentence then turned away to fawn over some celebrity, but after that all was perfect! Highly recommend.

Visited August 2013
Thank Emma C
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Level 6 Contributor
156 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great food but...”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is a great place if you can get a table. It is crowded and loud. Waiters, busboys and other customers often bang into your chair. Service was very good but impersonal as it is so busy. The food is excellent and all the dishes look really good. We had fabulous fish dishes (plat du jour - sole $37) that were delicious but on the pricey side.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank TMM888
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Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Fabulous food, service and atmosphere”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

What a delight! I sat at the bar for lunch for one. Great service offered by an attentive server who knew her wines...always a bonus. I felt transported to Paris but that NYC vibe was still evident. It was incredibly busy but while that made it noisy, service was still very professional and my delicious lunch arrived promptly. If you like beets then don't miss the Beet Salad with goats cheese and hazelnuts, delicious! It's not a cheap meal but I was ready for some delicious, well conceived and beautifully presented food as I am getting a bit tired of the NYC slap a mountain of food on a plate style. Definitely would recommend Balthazar and I know I will dine there again...maybe tomorrow!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank kbkk57
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Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“It was recommended”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

I have meet a business associate here a few times over about a year. Great looking raw bar. Great food and good service. I have always cabbed it here. If I get here early there is a great gourmet cooking shop across the street. A bit costly but not disappointing. Great martini. This place is a little loud but very energetic.

Visited September 2012
Thank R S
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Perfect service and excellent food”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

OK, an embarrassing admission. I've been dying to go to Balthazar for years, partly because it's got a great rep, partly because i love the space, and yes, partly because of Anthony Bourdain.

There, i said it. I'm guilty of being influenced by a TV star/chef connection with the place.

And I'll also admit i was ready to leave disappointed by over-hyped food and find the restaurant had outlived it's time. But...wow! This place is packed EVERY night for a reason.

Yes, it's a bit expensive.

Yes, it's sceney, even a tad pretentious.

But no, none of that matters. This place is EXCELLENT.

While the food is very, very well done, its the decor, atmosphere and service that won me over.

(If you can ignore the blowhard with the toupee sitting next to you trying to act sophisticated while also trying to peel the crispy skin off his fish -- dude a hint: the crispy skin is THE POINT of the dish).

For Apps, I had the warm goat cheese and caramelized onion tart with some sundried tomato pesto to cut the richness. It was perfect and they did not skimp on the cheese.My partner had the Onion soup with TONS and TONS of Gruyere on top. He raved about it.

For main courses, he had a grilled trout over a warm spinach, walnut and lentil salad (with prefect crispy skin on the trout). I i had the perfectly-cooked bar steak.with the most perfect frites ever. (They are famous for a reason.)

For dessert we shared a tarte tatin, which was fell executed, but might be the least interesting part of the meal.

The food was, indeed, excellently done classic French food. And generous portions of everything.

But the service: Amazing.

Our waitress was friendly, efficient and helpful. She answered any questions in a non-condescending way, and when i asked for a glass of wine, knowing i was getting the steak, she said "that's a little bit lighter" and explained the other reds by the glass and steered me to one that i liked quite a bit. That was when i was really impressed.

Water was refilled constantly, more bread offered... the waitress and her team worked as well-oiled machine so that i never really noticed them, but i never had to ask for anything either. The friendly "have a great night, thanks for joining us" from the doorman was the finishing touch on a great experience.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Sluggo65
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