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What should i eat at Balthazar?

ORyan Feb 3, 2009 11:51 AM

I'm going to have dinner at balthazar this weekend, very excited, lol. The problem is that i rarely dine at nice places. I've also never dined at a french restaurant.

So i'm here to ask for advice on what dishes to order. From the appetizers, entree, and dessert. It would be great if you guys could describe the dish as well since i dont understand the french menu lingo. Thanks! I'll also report back on what i though of balthazar

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    silencespeak Feb 3, 2009 12:14 PM

    Their warm chocolate cake dessert is always a winner. Banana Ricotta is also fab. I usually go for dessert so I can't answer on anything else. There are plenty of fine desserts to choose from.

    1. MMRuth Feb 3, 2009 12:22 PM

      I really like their steak tartare (raw steak chopped up with various condiments and a raw egg), the french fries (frites), the steaks tend to be good, the seafood platters ....

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        kobetobiko Feb 3, 2009 12:25 PM

        Most of their standard bistro fares are quite good.

        For apps: Onion soup, chicken liver and foie gras mousse, steak tartare. The seafood platter is very good too.
        For main: steak frites, steak au poivre, basically I found their meat to be better than chicken. Their burger is actually very good, better than a lot of steakhouses' and gourmet burger shops'.
        dessert: any pastries like apple tart tartin or banana tarts tend to be quite good.

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          ORyan Feb 3, 2009 12:37 PM

          sounds good so far guys. I forgot to mention that i'm not a fan of seafood. I'm not gonna try the steak tartare doesnt sound like its for me.

          So far the duck confit sounds good. but i'm gonna be ordering for our entire table so i need to tell all my companions what to get as well, lol. So keep the recommendations coming

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          1. re: ORyan
            Simon Feb 3, 2009 01:34 PM

            well, if your companions like raw oysters, the ones at Balthazar have always been excellent when i've had them...ditto the shrimp cocktail...

            i also like the Balthazar salad and the beet/goat-cheese salad...

            i don't think too much of the cooked food there, but the steak frites and burgers should be good...

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              seal Feb 3, 2009 01:38 PM

              My favorite lunch there is onion soup and steak frites, followed by a stop at their bakery next door for a chocolate and pignoli nut tart.

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                Gigi007 Feb 3, 2009 01:40 PM

                Personally, at Balthazar, I prefer brunch to dinner or lunch. I would go with the steak frites, shrimp cocktail, the French onion soup, and the warm chocolate cake or a fruit tarte for dessert. Enloy!

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                ESNY Feb 3, 2009 02:34 PM

                Duck shephard's pie, esp on a nice cold, night. And make sure you get some frites

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                  Pan Feb 4, 2009 01:34 PM

                  I had that when I went there for lunch on Labor Day. It's a really nice upscale shepherd's pie, made with lots of red wine and I believe duck confit. Just what the doctor ordered.

              3. TrishUntrapped Feb 3, 2009 02:53 PM

                App: French Onion Soup
                Main: The Cote du Beouf (for two) is a superior cut of steak fit for Royalty and well above the quality of steak used in the steak frites. For a splurge this is truly worth it. Comes with string beans and awesome onion rings. (Bring home the leftovers)
                Dessert: Profiteroles - Cream Puffs filled with vanilla ice cream and bathed in top quality chocolate.

                Wash down with a flute of champagne.

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                1. re: TrishUntrapped
                  ORyan Feb 3, 2009 06:31 PM

                  sounds good actually. that dish is sort of expensive though..

                  other than the cote du beouf, what is the next best steak at balthazar?

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                    TrishUntrapped Feb 4, 2009 04:34 AM

                    Let's see if I have some photos....

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                      michele cindy Feb 4, 2009 12:47 PM

                      I like the steak frites with béarnaise sauce the best. I had the liver, onions, and bacon, w/ mashed potatoes, the other day and it really hit the spot. Onion soup, shellfish platter, the pavlova for dessert, those are the dishes I usually order. I've had the duck confit, but for some reason, it's too rich for even my taste.

                      1. re: michele cindy
                        ORyan Feb 4, 2009 01:25 PM

                        lots of recommendations for the onion soup. I think that is definetly gonna be one of my appetizers

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                          TrishUntrapped Feb 5, 2009 05:01 AM

                          There is an herbed butter served on the steak in the Steak Frites. You can ask for it on the side. Although the Steak Frites is good, the Cote du Beouf is great.

                          The Profiteroles...speak for themselves...

                          Pix of the Steak Frites and the Profiteroles at Balthazar:

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                            michele cindy Feb 5, 2009 10:44 AM

                            Do you have a photo of the Cote du Beouf? Thanks!

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                              TrishUntrapped Feb 5, 2009 04:35 PM

                              Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the Cote du Beouf.

                              You may well ask why.

                              At the time it was being served I noticed Robert Downey, Jr. sitting across from me. That distracted me (in a good way) to no end.

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                                michele cindy Feb 6, 2009 03:27 AM

                                I see there was a different kind of beef typically not on the menu at Balthazar... :)

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                          steakrules85 Feb 5, 2009 08:08 AM

                          I've never had the duck but I know it comes with potato chips rather than actual roasted potatoes. That is definitely a drawback for me.... but I would definitely love the try the duck.

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                            michele cindy Feb 5, 2009 10:46 AM

                            If you ask, they will let you order a different potato. I've had mashed instead of frites, and one time the spaetzle, (had to push a little for that one), but they did it.

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                      pslopian Feb 5, 2009 10:56 AM

                      all of these recommendations are good - but I just wanted to add that whatever you get, make sure you get the frites!

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                        ORyan Feb 5, 2009 03:10 PM

                        i'm so tempted to order two entrees for myself, lol. I definitely want to try duck confit, but i also want to try something else as well, hmmmm. So is it really worth swapping out the potato chips that come with the duck confit in exchange for frites?

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                          michele cindy Feb 6, 2009 03:28 AM

                          I prefer the mashed over the frites... I'm just not a big fry person I guess.

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                            pslopian Feb 6, 2009 06:14 AM

                            the chips that come with the confit are excellent - I think you should get those AND a side order of frites :)

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                              steakrules85 Feb 6, 2009 07:28 AM

                              LOL were pigs

                      2. michele cindy Feb 9, 2009 03:10 AM

                        So - what did you all have?

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                        1. re: michele cindy
                          TrishUntrapped Feb 12, 2009 06:05 AM

                          I'm curious too ORyan.

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                          steakrules85 Feb 12, 2009 02:17 PM

                          I wanna try to cote de beouf and the waffles! and the pavlova lol a lot ofstuff

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                            ORyan Feb 12, 2009 08:05 PM

                            So i finally ate at Balthazar! it was great.

                            I had the duck confit, it was execellent. I ate everything single thing in the dish. It had a nice crispy skin and the meat was dark soft and full of flavor.

                            My friend had the steak au poivre or however it was spelled. I wasnt impressed with this steak. The cut of beef didn't taste special, and i didn't like the taste of the seasoning/sauce that came on it, the frites that came with it were perfect though.

                            For dessert we had the caramelized banana ricotta tart. It was amazing, i loved every bite, The taste of the caramelized well ripened banana was very good.

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                              steakrules85 Feb 13, 2009 04:20 AM

                              The potatoes that came with the duck were basically potato chips right? I am going this weekend and am planning on requesting to swap them for frites.

                              1. re: steakrules85
                                TrishUntrapped Feb 13, 2009 05:28 AM

                                Steakrules, definitely go for that Cote du Beouf, it's a terrific steak.

                                Bon Appetit!

                                ORyan, glad you had a good time!

                                1. re: steakrules85
                                  ORyan Feb 13, 2009 10:24 PM

                                  yeah they are basically like potato chips. they were ok, some of them get soggy in the sauce and actually taste good that way, lol.

                                  Overall i'd say it's safe to swap them for frites....

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