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Brunch - Balthazar or Stanton Social?

JohnnG Oct 26, 2007 09:59 AM

I know they are completely different. I have read every post on each place in the past two hours. But I just want a direct show down: if you have a choice between going to one of them this Saturday, which one would you go to? Why?


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    kathryn Oct 26, 2007 01:43 PM

    Do you have reservations? The wait for Balthazar can be painful...

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      jessijessi Oct 26, 2007 02:06 PM

      I didn't really like Balthazar. I know, I know.

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        AppleSpam Oct 26, 2007 09:33 PM

        One vote for Stanton Social

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        1. re: AppleSpam
          riverhound Oct 27, 2007 06:16 AM

          two votes stanton social, balthazar much hyped

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          nas9211 Oct 27, 2007 03:53 PM

          oh no I have to disagree...yes Balthazar is hyped to some extent and ridiculously crowded...but the food is on a whole other level as compared to stanton social. i cannot forget the sour cream hazelnut waffles with berries. sigh.

          1. MMRuth Oct 27, 2007 03:58 PM

            Having not been to Stanton Social (have popped my head in) and having been to Balthazar many times, I'd go to Balthazar - I've always had a great meal there, love the steak tartare, the plateau de fruit de mers, and have always had excellent service. I wouldn't go to Stanton Social because it strikes me (and I know I say this having not been there) as over hyped, trendy and a lot of mixed reviews about the food. I love spending a weekend afternoon at Balthazar, especially if you start around 2pm or so.

            I'm actually cooking the short ribs from the Balthazar cookbook tonight!

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              ACknowsStyle Oct 28, 2007 10:47 AM

              Balthazar gets my vote. Highly deserves the hype- stantons wait staff is some of the rudest of NYC- or it was when i went a year ago, so that could all be changed. Also, th e food is only OK. Balthazar, which I've had almost everything on their brunch menu (We get delivered from them all the time) is consistantly wonderful.

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