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Balthazar?

Has anyone been here recently? Someone recommended this to me several years ago and I never went. Thinking I may try it on my next trip next month, but wanted to get a recent review.

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Balthazar
80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. I dined at Bathazar as recently as a few months ago. It's one of my two favorite restaurants in New York City. (The second is Scarpetta).

    I don't eat seafood due to allergies, but if you do, they have incredible looking plateaux of seafood.

    My favorite dishes:

    Appetizers:

    Onion Soup Gratinee - Terrific rich broth, melty onions and lots of gruyere cheese.

    Warm Goat Cheese and Carmelized Onion Tart - Tastes very French, nice way to start a meal.

    Entrees:

    Cote du Boeuf Roti for two - I love this dish! Great quality meat served with wonderful onion rings and veggies.

    Steak Frites - A decent juicy steak (though clearly not in the league of the cote du boeuf) with excellent fries. Delicious comfort food.

    On Saturdays the special is Braised Short Ribs. I am a short ribs fanatic and whenever I see them on a restaurant's menu I have to try them. Plus I make them myself long and slow, so I really love them. Balthazar's version of short ribs is excellent, with tender flavorful meat and rich sauce that makes you go Mmmmm.

    Whole Roast Free Range Chicken For Two - I only had this dish once because I rarely order roast chicken out, but it was quite good. Very tender and juicy, not overcooked. It was served with delicious mashed potatoes and haricots verts.

    Dessert:

    My very favorite is Profiteroles - Three cream puffs filled with ice cream accompanied by a gravy boat of fresh chocolate sauce. Simple, decadent, delicious! Definitely on my "deathbed" menu.

    Lemon Mille-Feuille - This is a lemon lover's paradise! A beautiful presentation, which my picture below does not do justice to, of intensely lemony treats. Very refreshing.

    Warm Chocolate Cake - While this is a very good dessert, when I want chocolate it's the profiteroles for me. If someone in your party gets this cake, the profiteroles sauce goes very well with it.

    Here are some photos from my last visit. Quality not great because I had a not so good cell phone at the time. If you click my name I posted some other Balthazar pix a while ago.

    Pix: Onion Soup, Short Ribs, Steak Frites, Profiteroles, Lemon Mille-Feuille

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    Balthazar
    80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

     
     
     
     
     
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    1. re: TrishUntrapped

      +1
      Great place. Love the oysters and bone marrow. Unhealthy but tasty. Wonderful space and the staff is very friendly. Never been dissappointed. Awesome bar too.

    2. Was there Saturday night with two Parisian friends - all the food was very good. Oysters were superb. The short rib special was excellent. Someone ordered escargot, we wound up ordering another for the table. Just be aware of the need to book as it is always busy.

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      Balthazar
      80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      1. I was there for dinner 2 weeks ago and had an amazing time. Jam packed, so get there early. We had the seafood plateau, the grilled octopus and a few side dishes. Desserts were great too...I had not been in years, but it has remained consistent.

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        Balthazar
        80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: taboo

          Anyone know if reservations are needed or accepted for lunch on a weekday?

          1. re: PappyAustin

            I always make a reservation at lunchtime. It's usually packed, I would suggest making reservations.

        2. I went back in April, and it was as good as I remembered. The atmosphere is wonderful as well, which just adds to the experience. I'm sure you need a reservation - I went on a Wednesday night and it was packed.

          1. Was there twice in two days a month ago. Breakfast, the panier and coffee, my favorite breakfast in the world. Dinner with three friends. Their LI oysters for some reason are my favorite anywhere, always freshly shucked, juicy and very plump. They blew away the ones l had at lunch that day at grand Central Oyster Bar. We had a bottle of a '95 Muscadet with them, perfect. Two of us had the Cotes du Boeuf for 2 and as with Minetta Tavern, my pick for best Cotes in country, prepared perfectly. One person had the Berkshire pork tenderloin as the Tuesday special and it came with a veg side that was so extraordinary he reordered it as a side dish again. We had a fabulous time, always love every second there. Their brandade de morue and calves liver are also stellar, liver only for lunch.

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            Balthazar
            80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              I love their calves liver too. I usually get the steak frites (black and blue) but sub mashed for fries. My favorite dessert is the pavlova.