It took me about 2 years but last month on my birthday, it was finally time to make it to Balthazar. It’s just one of those places.. you’ve probably heard of it if you know a little bit about NYC. Located in the middle of Soho, make sure you make your reservation in time if you want to make sure you can get a table.
Balthazar is a French bistro. Except it’s in NYC. And there is just something exhilarating about it that hits you the moment you walk through the door. It’s not your quiet romantic dinner, this place is buzzing, but if that’s the mood you’re in, you’ll enjoy every second you are being drawn in. When you’re at Balthazar, you are transported a little bit into a different world. Forget about NYC on the other side of those doors, you’re in fancy Paris now, soaking up all the glamour that feels both exquisite and familiar, vibrant yet intimate.
They have an extensive raw bar- so definitely do not skip the oysters- and daily French specials. The menu is definitely thorough and the food itself top-notch. The cocktails are nothing special but the wine list reaches almost all the way to France. I’ve heard really good things about breakfast too!
The interior is timeless Paris. Old mirrors, details, and this golden yellow glow hanging everywhere. It’s all made to perfection from the doors to the bathroom tiles. It’s one of Restaurant Magazine’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Personally, I agree with what Bal Rubinstein said about it in New York Magazine:
“BALTHAZAR IS KEITH MCNALLY’S MASTERPIECE, AN EVOCATION OF A PARIS BRASSERIE THAT OUTGLOWS ANYTHING WITHIN BRIE-TOSSING DISTANCE OF THE SEINE”
You better hurry up and make that reservation.