Yet another Soho image!
Balthazar is ever photogenic. I'll have to sneak a picture from the insides one of these days, (you can see it on their website). It is bustling and beautiful at night, and the food and service are great (that's if you can get a table).
There are eight different menus. I recommend the mussels and steak frites at the restaurant, and just about everything at the boulangerie next door - the madelines are fresh and buttery, the round chocolate biscotti encrusted with sugar are devine, the shortbread cookies are yum (and I don't usually like sweets!).
In the morning at the bakery, there's a line out the door. People sit out on the benches with their dogs, eating breakfast and reading the paper.
One of the great things about NY is that there are the busy avenues going north-south, like Broadway, which are chock full of big stores and traffic and banners. And then there are the smaller, one-way streets, where there are boutiques, boulangeries with benches outside and charming brownstones.
Big and small manage to coexist. It's the best of both worlds.
Photo by myself on Spring Street in Soho.