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Balthazar substitute?

718eater Jan 26, 2007 05:14 AM

My SO and want to go to a special dinner tonight. We love Balthazar, but have been there a bunch. Can anyone recommend a restaurant that offers similar quality food, preferably south of 14th St or in Brooklyn? No Pastis, though; I've never been that impressed with its food.

Thanks in advance!

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    kimmyc RE: 718eater Jan 26, 2007 05:40 AM

    Five Points in Soho or if you're in Brooklyn, Al Di La, Tempo, and Sette in Park Slope are excellent.

    1. oolah RE: 718eater Jan 26, 2007 06:31 AM

      Other French bistros:
      Lucien on 1st Ave
      Le Gigot on Cornelia St

      Bar Tabac on Smith St
      Belleville in the Slope

      None of these are quite as big or as good as Balthazar, but you'll get your bistro fix.

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        718eater RE: 718eater Jan 26, 2007 06:36 AM

        Thanks for the suggestions! I've never been too impressed with Bar Tabac or Belleville and am definitely going for a place that can provide the same (or better) caliber of food as Balthazar--don't necessarily need a bistro. I'm thinking maybe Red Cat? Thoughts?

        1. livetotravel RE: 718eater Jan 26, 2007 06:45 AM

          Raoul's in Soho
          360 in Red Hook
          Cocotte in Park Slope

          If other than French - I highly recommend Applewood and Stone Park, both in Park Slope.

          1. thievery RE: 718eater Jan 26, 2007 11:13 AM

            dressler in williamsburg. hip brasserie vibe. stylish crowd. tasty food.

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              Beans RE: 718eater Jan 26, 2007 11:51 AM

              Park Slope French bistros leave much to be desired. I've never had a good experience at Belleville, Moutarde or Cocotte. PS has many great restaurants, but just not French.

              I'll add Ici and Chez Oskar to the "recommended" list.

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                POTsticker RE: 718eater Jan 26, 2007 06:13 PM

                blue ribbon on sullivan.

                1. lcs RE: 718eater Jan 27, 2007 01:01 PM

                  HQ is an excellent French Bistro in Soho

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                    ACknowsStyle RE: 718eater Feb 6, 2007 10:37 AM

                    Isn't it weird how Pasti's is by the same people as Balthazar and nowhere near as impressive??? Balthazar melts in your mouth man!!!

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