Balthazar Restaurant: New York

Balthazar New York

Balthazar New York

Since it opened its doors in 1997, Balthazar restaurant in New York’s Soho has been reeling in the crowds.

Low-backed red banquettes, antique mirrors, dark timber tables, an oyster and shellfish bar with molluscs chilling on ice add a touch of authenticity to the New York institution that is reminiscent of Parisian brasseries of the early twentieth century.

With escargots, duck confit, brandade de morue and plateaux de fruits de mer on offer, the menu has a distinct French flavour that reminds you of classic Parisian bistros. Choose a Tarte Tatin or a crème brulée for dessert with a glass of Sauternes and you may as well imagine you’re dining along the many brasseries that line up boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris.

Even the opening hours from 7.30 am on weekdays until 1.00 am on Fridays and Saturdays remind you of Parisian establishments with their service continu.

Securing a table is difficult task in this French themed restaurant with a bustling ambience. Reservations can be booked up to thirty days in advance and according to the restaurant’s website at the time of writing, they cannot be taken by email.

Adjacent to the restaurant, you’ll find Balthazar Bakery with large, dark-crusted loaves and rustic creations as well as the more popular viennoiseries.

80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012


  • January 10, 2011

    Simon Food Favourites

    a place i hope to try next time i’m in NYC. i missed out on my last visit!

    • January 10, 2011


      It’s difficult to get a reservation considering they don’t accept them by email. I’d love to see how it compares to brasseries in Paris!