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Nov 12, 2008 04:02 PM

A Balthazar Look-a-Like

I am looking to take my fiance out for his 30th birthday. In narrowing down the food choices, I was thinking of something similiar in former-vide/atmosphere, simplicity and price as Balthazar. Nothing pretentious , stuffy or overally-trendy - just somewhere fun with great food and a bit of a bar scene.

In terms of food, other ideas could also include New American, Italian or steakhouse. My preference in location would be somewhere close to the Path stations, but am willing to go a bit east or a bit north.

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  1. Try Artisnal on 32nd Street near Park Ave. Have never eaten there but, it looks very similar to Balthazar.

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    1. re: n8nln

      Thanks, but I was looking for something a bit more exciting to celebrate the 30th birthday. I guess I should edit the topic a bit more.

    2. You might find Pastis to be appropriate. Take a look at their website.

      9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

      1. Perhaps Morandi in WV. It is owned by the same person as Balthazar's.

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        1. re: kobetobiko

          Thank you, but I'm not a huge fan of Pastis.

          In term sof Morandi, I have heard very mixed reviews. Anyone care to comment.

          1. re: koc2281

            The food at Morandi is always delicious, the servers always friendly. It feels even more genuinely Italian than Balthazar feels French--but to me that means that it's brightly lit and unpretentious (in a bad way, maybe, if you want something that feels special for a special birthday), despite the occasional celebrity or trendy-looking clientele. I'd eat there any night of the week, don't get me wrong, but here's a more atmospherically-appropriate suggestion: Blaue Gans on Duane Street. Yum.

            1. re: kurrerbell

              Speaking of Blaue Gans - what about Wallse? Excellent food. Nice vibe, good cocktails, amazing art .....

            2. re: koc2281

              I have had terrible food at Morandi. It's very pricey for what you get, and there are so many great Italian restaurants in the city, there's no reason to try it. It's very cheesy in a way that Baltazar is not.

              I would try Lupa for Italian. It's always fun and has a bar scene usually.

          2. Why don't check out the full list of Keitih McNally restaurants, seems like that's what you are after: Morandi, Lucky Strike, et al.

            Pastis is also a McNally restaurant and is quite similar to Balthazaar, so it is odd that you don't like it.

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            1. re: Ora

              Just wanted to add that, while I like Balthazar very much, I don't particularly care for Pastis, so I don't find that odd.

              1. re: MMRuth

                i agree w/ MMRuth...Balthazar is an NYC classic, Pastis is like an NY version of a Cheesecake Factory...

                1. re: Simon

                  Les Halles is a bit Balthazar-ish in that it's supposed to look like a typical French brasserie. I like the one on Park Ave. South

              2. re: Ora

                They've both lost something for me in the last couple of years, Pastis and Balthazaar. I skip both at this point.

              3. Hi,
                I think you're going to need to give us a bit more to go on, as my first instinct based on the title of the thread, and the requirements you gave, would be to recommend pastis or Artisanal, both of which you're not interested in.

                Maybe you would like the Bar Room at the modern, it's fun and lively with good food. But it's kind of a shot in the dark recommendation because it's nothing like Balthazar.