25 July 2011


I spent a whole summer in Paris and have to say that I found no restaurant more memorable, more delicious, more Parisian, than Balthazar. And I found some amazing restaurants. Balthazar - another Keith McNally hotspot - bears his mark: like Minetta's Tavern, the space is both trendy and authentic, warm and appealing, although, thanks to the restaurant's popularity, tables have been squeezed into every inch of the space, and getting into one's seat can sometimes require nothing short of acrobatics. You'll be glad, however, once you're seated. The food is spectacular: try the garlicky roasted chicken, the warm salad nicoise, or the delicate skate that flakes apart with the slightest touch of a fork. Bite into the perfectly-salted and crispy fries and, I swear, you'll be just as content as if you were strolling by the Eiffel Tower. You'll pay, yes, but you won't regret it.

80 Spring St. (b/w Broadway and Crosby)

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