You know how Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home”? Well, it seems New Yorkers (when going to restaurants in other cities) say “There’s no place like Balthazar.” Yes, even when they’re at an authentic French brasserie in Paris. Keith McNally’s Soho French Brasserie-inspired spot is no doubt an iconic favorite among New Yorkers, and definitely a favorite setting of ours. With red leather banquettes, flawless bistro fare and faded mirrors, it’s become the spot that combines aesthetic, atmosphere and amazing fare all into one. It’s also the spot that – on The New Potato – is most commonly named the restaurant that never goes out of style.
“From the mosaic-tiled floor and the zinc bar to the lighting – everything is thought out and perfectly executed.” – Adam Rapoport (Editor-in-Chief, Bon Appetit)
“I’m always intrigued by the people at Balthazar eating breakfast.” – Alfred Portale (Chef/Owner, Gotham Bar & Grill)
“Between Balthazar, Pastis and Minetta Tavern, nearly my entire food budget goes to Keith McNally.” – Derek Blasberg