Hg2 : The Hedonist


After more than a decade, Balthazar – Keith McNally’s bustling, line-forming Parisian-style brasserie – has become as much of the fabric of SoHo as that neighborhood’s ancient, solid cobblestone streets. The steak frites have inspired countless imitators, and the straight-up bistro menu satisfies the inner Francophile in us all, with bowls of thick onion soup, moules frites, and don’t-spare-the-butter, garlicky escargot.

Says Bill Buford of this only-in-NYC spot: “Balthazar at eleven o’clock at night, any night, with a cone of French fries and some mayonnaise.” Frank Cisneros of Counter says it’s got the best service in town, too: “It’s like the magic hands thing everyone wants and it won’t break the bank.”

There’s also McNally’s ability to keep the who’s-who in NYC coming in for more, no better apparent than the amount of food-world movers and shakers who put it on their list here.

From its great breakfast offerings to the late-night martini sippers and oyster slurpers, like José Meirelles, Balthazar is a little slice of the City of Lights tucked away down.

80 Spring Street (Crosby St),
+1 212 965 1414
Opening Times
daily, 7.30am (8am Sat/Sun)-1am (2am Fri/Sat,midnight Sun)
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