Balthazar – New York – brunch love

Balthazar is another one of Keith McNally’s grand French brasserie’s located on Spring Street of New York since April 1997. The walls are hued with nicotine patina with dark wood trim, polished copper and there are wall to wall mirrors along with those trademark red leather banquettes in a room which has a constant buzz. There is also a bar with a robust vino menu and cocktails  if you fancy it. I recall seeing dozens and dozens of oysters on ice too ready to be served even during brunch which is what I am here to do.

June 2012

Eggs Florentine – poached eggs with spinach, artichoke hearts, béchamel sauce and parmesan $20. I love all of the ingredients which perfectly cooked in this little iron skillet , just as you think you’re eating something healthy the buttery béchamel and parmesan shavings stick to your ribs – I’m not complaining as it fed my hangover.

March 2013

Eggs Florentine – poached eggs with spinach, artichoke hearts, béchamel sauce and parmesan $20. I ordered it again.

This time with a side of blood sausage which is one of my favourite ingredients ever. This casing had a reassuring snap and what was within was quite tasty.

Verdict:

When did I go? June 2012 + March 2013
The damage: Expect to pay $30 + per head with drinks for brunch.
The good: It is a pricey place but it delivers the goods. The atmosphere is buzzy, almost to the point whereby you can imagine you’re experiencing the hum in Paris.
The bad: The service was questionable as the overworked staff which I can only describe as blue arse flies trapped in a jar forgot our drinks and bill multiple times. It’s possibly the most expensive brunch I’ve had too.
Rating: 3/5
Would I go again? Maybe
Address: 80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Closest tube: Spring St NYC
Phone: 212 965 1414
www.balthazarny.com

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