Tuesday, October 5, 2010

An Unforgettable Brunch at Balthazar

I realize that Balthazar is frequently raved about, but I really do believe it is worth all the hype. (Check out its 4 star rating out of 757 reviews on Yelp-- that's something to be proud of!) I had brunch at this French brasserie a little over one week ago, and I'm still thinking about it.
My friend and I arrived at 11:35 on Sunday morning, and although the restaurant was completely filled, we did not have to wait at all. The tables are very close together. It was only semi-awkward at times. The servers had to reach over from behind my friend to hand us menus or clear our plates.

Juicy oysters

Eggs Norwegian. I stayed away from eggs for a short period of time after I was cooking one night with my sister and we cracked an egg and found blood inside. Needless to say, I was scared of eating eggs for a while afterwards. This dish could definitely keep me eating eggs for the rest of my life, though. The hollandaise sauce was superb.

Hazelnut waffes with warm berries. Hands down the fluffiest waffles I've ever had in my life. I used to really love the waffles at Fred 62's in Los Feliz (LA), but these just blow those out of the water. An added bonus of these waffles are the bits of hazlenut that emerge at random bites.

Pavlova (baked meringue with warm berries). Amazing. As full as I was, I really enjoyed this dessert. I like that this type of dessert isn't too sweet. The warm berries was a nice mix, too.

80 Spring Street (between Broadway & Crosby St),
New York, NY 10012
Phone number: (212)965-1414

Here is a bigger map.

Balthazar's website: www.balthazarny.com

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