Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Balthazar
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So that morning before we left Manhattan, we opted for one last stomach hurrah. Having slept at 4 and getting up at an ungodly 7, we embarked to Chinatown for some early dim sum; you see, we try to be efficient and stuff as much food as possible into our brief time in the city. However, we came to discover that Chinatown itself did not officially wake up until 10:30.

Being that it was freezing with windchill, we proceeded to sit in a McDonald's, the only place open. I munched on an egg McMuffin, officially the first time I've had McDonald's in years. I savored every bite, knowing that I will probably not wake up in time for their breakfast menu for more years to come. After trying unsuccessfully to sleep over the noise of the unruly pack of hoodlums twice our age, we headed to Soho for Balthazar.

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Arriving at 9:30, the place was barely full.

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Homemade Doughnut

Being that we were still on the breakfast menu, we decided to brave the half hour transition into brunch hour. I munched on a powdered sugar doughnut, which was wonderfully nutty and not too sweet. I also likeed the slightly crispy exterior. I do not remember the last time I ate a doughnut with a knife and fork, but it somehow worked with the atmosphere.

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Sticky Bun 3

N decided to have a sticky bun, which was good, but a bit too caramel-ly for my taste.

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Soon enough, the clock struck 10, and we were given the brunch menu, along with some glorious carbs and butter.

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Eggs Florentine spinach and artichoke 16.5

Knowing that we would go on to consume other baked goods later, N and I decided to share an eggs florentine. Two perfectly poached eggs atop boiled spinach and artichoke comes slathered in a baked and creamy hollandaise sauce. While the eggs were wonderful, I wish there were more and that I had more carbs (i.e. an english muffin) to go with it. Next time, we'll return for a fuller lunch/dinner.

Balthazar
80 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

tickle me pink.

-CC

3/08/2007 9:45 PM  
Anonymous a. said...

hi! i just found your blog! funny b/c i went to cornell too. ah yes. cornell. where there is...no food worthy of talking about. it was either ctb or wegman's. and wegman's always at some insane hour of the night. 3am craving? i'm there.

i really enjoy your food reviews. and good luck with the rest of school. it's march now...which means you guys should be buried in snow. oh. how. i don't miss the avalanches of snow. ;-)

3/15/2007 4:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg..i can't beleive you paid $16.50 for eggs florentine. i bet it costs them $2 to make. i went to balthazar 3 years ago when i was visiting after applying to NYU and i remember getting a really good goat cheese tart there.

Sorry i never ended up goin to SF. apparently plane tickets cost money. money i don't have =( enjoy your break!

-Anna

3/19/2007 12:19 PM  

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