London welcomes the sister restaurant of legendary New York institution Balthazar this spring. Perhaps you remember the episode in the final season of ‘Sex and the City’ when Carrie and Samantha try to blag their way into the restaurant and Samantha explains to the stone faced girl at the door that they both ‘are kind of somebody’. What it took in the end, was for Carrie to give the receptionist (apparently the most powerful woman in town) an emergency tampon in the bathroom, but it goes to show how exclusive the restaurant is.
The original restaurant was designed to resemble a Parisian brasserie in New York. What we can expect from the London location, due to open in Spring of 2013 on the corner of Russell Street and Wellington Street in the heart of Covent Garden is a Parisian brasserie in New York that has been moved to London. Yes, you heard it. And with the combination of these fantastic three cities, we quite frankly can’t wait!
The original Balthazar was opened in New York City by Keith McNally in the spring of 1997. Housed in the old Theatre Museum, in a building called “The Flower Cellars”, Balthazar will be sharing the space with The London Film Museum. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, plus weekend brunch. From opening to closing, food will be available all day long. The French brasserie-inspired menu will include an abundance of fruits de mer as well as a wide selection of classical French brasserie and bistro dishes. There will be a Balthazar bakery housed next door serving its own house-made artisan breads, as well as a wide selection of homemade pastries, salads and sandwiches to take away throughout the day.
The restaurant is currently soft-open. To make a booking, please call +44 (0)20 3301 1155.
The reservations line is open from 9am to 10pm.
4-6 Russell Street, London WC2E 7BN