balthazar nyc
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MONDAY - THURSDAY: 7:30 A.M. - 12 A.M. | FRIDAY: 7:30 A.M. - 1 A.M. | SATURDAY: 8 A.M. - 1 A.M. | SUNDAY: 8 A.M. - 12 A.M.
212.965.1414 | WEBSITE

Perhaps the most iconic of all the city’s modern restaurants, Balthazar represents a blend of grandiosity, nonchalance and timeworn detail that feels as New York as the Empire State Building.  And while it’s turned this block of Spring Street into one of the most tourist-ridden stretches in lower Manhattan, it still has a dedicated following of New York regulars. The bar, with its brusque barkeeps, mini-booths and two-deep crowd is always cozy, if difficult to get at seat at. And while the wine list, which still offers lots of depth and value, isn’t quite what it used to be, and the cocktails leave much to be desired, it’s still home to one of the best bars (and lighting) in all of Manhattan.

Known For
  • full menu
  • good wine
  • day drinking
  • oysters / raw bar
What to drink
A bottle of French red or a Champagne cocktail with oysters.
Balthazar will always be packed. Always. So, wait your turn, and grab fight for that open bar stool when you see it.