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Outpost of NYC's Balthazar to open in London...

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ooglewoogle Sep 26, 2012 10:49 AM

Keith McNally confirms that the outpost of his seminal NY restaurant Balthazar will open in London on February 12th. To be located at 4-8 Russel St, Covent Garden.

Should be a nice addition...big fan of the NY restaurant.

  1. zuriga1 Sep 26, 2012 11:48 AM

    Good news. I wonder if the menu will be the same as in the other SoHo. Balthazar was always one of my favorite places, especially for brunch. I'm not sure we need another restaurant that's trying to recreate a Paris brasserie in atmosphere. :-)

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    1. re: zuriga1
      howler Sep 26, 2012 03:06 PM

      it'll work. the uk seems to love its european cousins by way of the us - for instance, why import the truly awful starbucks coffee when you have the glories of proper italian coffee a couple of air hours away?

    2. PhilD Sep 26, 2012 04:35 PM

      A London boy comes home it will be interesting to see how he goes given the number of similar places in town already. That said he is pretty good at what he does and Balthazar is a lovely place to while away a Sunday afternoon. Good interview earlier in the year that shows he gets the London food scene: http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandfor...

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        zuriga1 Sep 26, 2012 10:04 PM

        Thanks for the Bon Appetit article, Phil. I enjoyed reading that a lot. I especially enjoyed his comments about celebrity chefs. :-)

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          ManInTransit Sep 27, 2012 02:52 AM

          What's Balthazar like? It always sturck me as a Wolseley/Delaunay type place where the food is good but not as important as being there. That was a pure assumption though.

          1. re: ManInTransit
            PhilD Sep 27, 2012 03:44 PM

            Lots of style, but feels quite genuine not faked. It has a NYC energy and didn't feel snobby. We rocked up after shopping, sat in the bar, grazed the menu, and relaxed into a few rounds of drinks. I loved it - but that said I have no idea what we ate...! (Although it was a few years ago)

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              ooglewoogle Sep 28, 2012 06:45 AM

              Yes, the guy can really get the authentic feel about a place. Have you ever been to Schillers in the lower east side? Everyone I have taken there has left convinced that it is a genuine living part of NYC history! :)

              I have never been to Balthazar outwith the breakfast/brunch hours....and certainly, I think it *really* excels in this area. For this alone I think it will pose a formidable threat to the London scene.....at least from what I have seen of it as an "outsider".

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              r.vacapinta Sep 28, 2012 03:03 AM

              I remember when Balthazar opened (in the late 90s) because I was living in SoHo in NYC at the time, just a few blocks away. The only other comparable place was Les Halles. Back then it felt new and stylish. The paris-brasserie-replica thing hadn't been yet done to death. I recall the food was good but not remarkable.
              I've never felt the urge to return on any NYC trip. Perhaps it doesn't seem so attractive to have foie gras in NYC when you live in the UK and have just come from a holiday in Southwest France.

              1. re: r.vacapinta
                zuriga1 Sep 28, 2012 03:22 AM

                I think you hit the nail on the head. The food was never unusual, but back in the late 90's and early 2000's, the place was fairly unique for Manhattan. I never had to book a table, and it was consistent and fun. Les Halles was similar but not quite so 'trendy.' We're overloaded with French places in London, so it will be interesting to see if there's a bit of a tweek for the outpost here. Surely McNally knows what's being done in his backyard.

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