Balthazar

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)

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ONION SOUP GRATINÉE

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MOULES FRITES 

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LOBSTER RISOTTO

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RICOTTA AND PARMESAN AGNOLOTTI with Tuscan kale, crispy pancetta and sage

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SEARED ORGANIC SALMON “À L’OSEILLE” with artichokes, nugget potatoes, carrots and sorrel

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BRAISED PORK CHEEKS with soft polenta, small diced mirepoix and gremolata

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Profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce

Balthazar