My wife and I are going to Balthazar in a few days to use a gift certificate. Neither of us have been there before and I can't think that either of us will make a habit of going there since we've never seen fit to go in the first place. It's not in my favorite part of town and it's not my favorite kind of restaurant. All that aside, can anyone recommend from experience some of the better options on the menu? I was really hoping that it would be a cold night perfect for stick-to-your-ribs French food but it doesn't appear to be in the offing. Has anyone had the Thursday special: Cailles Farcis? Thanks for the help!
Recently had the fettucini in a wonderful sauce with mushrooms. Yum. And the salad with beets and nuts was also delicious. For desert, we tried the meringue with berries, which was different and good. Everyone else seemed to be eating oysters.
One of my favorite meals there is sharing the Plateau followed by the appetizer sized Steak Tartare with frites. The profiteroles are delicious. By the way, the wines by the carafe are pretty decent and reasonable.
I, too, love Balthazar, and have been a regular since it opened. They opened their doors to me on 9/12, which I will never forget. I only got a cup of coffee, but it didn't matter. Had lunch there on 9/13, one of about fifteen people in the room.
My favs there are the Duck Shepherd's Pie. Really is delicious, not a heaping amount, which is also nice, and served in a hot cast iron dish.
I find the plateau to be a bit pretentious but I often have the oysters, which are always good. I have always liked the fish, particularly the Friday special of Bouillabaise, but I haven't had the Quail. Sounds delicious, and the do have a way with roasting, so they sound delicious.
For dessert, big thumbs up for the profiteroles with chocolate sauce. Or their tart of the day, from their own bakery. But I often just finish with a glass of champagne.
In spite of yourself, you're going to have a grand time!