Balthazar is a classic French bistro in SoHo that has been around for what seems like forever (actually, it’s been about sixteen years). I hadn’t been there in a long time, and my newfound appreciation for mussels prompted me to return. We were also keeping the birthday celebrations going for a family member that just turned thirty the night before (hooray!) We all enjoyed a wonderful French feast, starting with the onion soup — probably the richest, cheesiest onion soup I’ve ever had! Then it was on to the moules frites: BEST EVER! I wanted to dive into the white wine sauce — it was heavenly (especially when you dip french fries in it or just drink it straight from the pot). 😉 I sampled some of the lobster risotto and ricotta & parmesan agnolotti before moving on to the seared organic salmon — all were delicious. The birthday boy indulged in the braised pork cheeks, which looked and smelled absolutely amazing. I was drooling, but didn’t give in to temptation. He reported that the dish was luxurious and tender — melt-in-your-mouth good! The meal was topped off with the profiteroles and vanilla bread pudding. Balthazar is a staple restaurant for us New Yorkers — if you haven’t been there, you have to go, and if you’ve already been, you’ve got to go back soon!
Balthazar: 80 Spring Street (between Broadway and Crosby)
ONION SOUP GRATINÉE
RICOTTA AND PARMESAN AGNOLOTTI with Tuscan kale, crispy pancetta and sage
SEARED ORGANIC SALMON “À L’OSEILLE” with artichokes, nugget potatoes, carrots and sorrel
BRAISED PORK CHEEKS with soft polenta, small diced mirepoix and gremolata
Profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce