Thursday, January 13, 2011

Balthazar ♥ ♥ ♥



I swear, this is one place in New York that is always, ALWAYS packed. From early mornings to very late at night, the place is buzzing with activity, full of good vibes, full of life. I love it. BUT only when I can get a seat.

The place is packed when we arrive for dinner at 11pm. Good thing the smart food blogger (ahem) made reservations. We get a table at the very back of the room.


IMG_0648Photographing the place is not allowed, so forgive me for this bad shot
I hurriedly took after the server gave me the warning speech


IMG_0637Cold rustic bread. But good cold rustic bread.


IMG_0640Escargots in Garlic Butter – delicious


IMG_0646Duck Confit with Crispy Potatoes, Wild Mushrooms and Frisée Salad 
I don’t care how much duck fat this dish contains, honestly, I don’t give a sh*t about all the cholesterol and calories, because this super-crispy-on-the-outside, super-fall-off-the-bone-tender-on-the-inside duck leg cooked in its own fat is SERIOUSLY MINDBLOWING STUFF.
It should be on the top of everyone’s New York list. It’s so good we are back at Balthazar the very next morning.




IMG_0671Chocolat Chaud – I like it sweeter


IMG_0677Soft-Boiled Organic Egg and “Soldiers”


IMG_0681Scrambled Eggs in Puff Pastry with Wild Mushrooms and Asparagus
The eggs are fantastic and the vegetables fresh although the whole dish needs a sauce of some kind. No ooomph factor.



IMG_0685Balthazar Bar Steak with Pommes Frites and Maître d’ Butter
The steak, although a bit chewy, is excellently seasoned.


IMG_0691Profiteroles with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce 
Perfect chou puffs, very good vanilla ice cream, and rich chocolate sauce.
I wish I didn’t have to share.


Balthazar: 80 Spring Street, New York, NY, USA. Tel: 212.965.1414

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