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Had A Ball At Balthazar!

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Had A Ball At Balthazar!

TrishUntrapped | Aug 19, 2004 04:02 PM

Had a wonderful special occasion meal here last week. I personally love the Parisian look and fun ambiance of this Soho restaurant, and it was not too loud to carry on a conversation. So if you have been avoiding it because of that, don't!

Both service and food were terrific. Our server, a tall, blonde, young lady was gracious to the nth degree... Something I do not say lightly.

Foodwise: French onion soup was decadent, full of melted cheese and could have been a meal in itself, so I had to share it with hubby. We also shared the Cote de Boeuf for Two, ($66 and in my opinion well worth it!)a huge, delicious, sliced rib steak with brown sauce and haricots verts, pearl onions and real baby carrots (not those cut up ones that the grocery store pretends are baby carrots). The steak was presented whole and then brought back to the table sliced. Very nice.

The teen girls in our party enjoyed steak frites. The fries were very good, as many of you have said, the steak was fine, but after eating the cote du boeuf... Well you really can't compare the two, different leagues.

Both girls ordered their steaks medium rare, which was too rare for them (I realize now they were copying how I ordered). When the steaks arrived as ordered both asked to send them back. Our server apologized for the inconvenience(!!),whisked them away and brought them right back piping hot and more well done. She apologized again and waited to make sure the girls were happy before she left.

A bellini and bellini martini were just right. For dessert we sampled the warm chocolate cake (with white chocolate ice cream), profiteroles (cream puffs with ice cream and chocolate sauce), and chocolate ice cream. All were very good, but the nod for best has to go to the profiteroles because of the wonderfully rich chocolate sauce.

We were seated a foot away from actor Robert Downey, Jr. I was glad to see him drinking iced tea, regular iced tea. This proximity provided me a great deal of amusement as I am a pop culturist, or as my daughter would say, (wrongfully) "celebrity stalker." This is where more graciousness on the part of our server came into play...But that's another story, did not involve any arrests, and was so not about food.

If you decide to go -- Make a reservation,(When I first called they told me to make it 30 days in advance to the day) people were being turned away and told that the dining room was overbooked for the evening, no chance for a walk-in. Go hungry, we were stuffed and still took home a lot of leftovers.

And have fun!

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