Keith, Riad, and Lee’s leather shop-turned-dining masterpiece turns 10 years old. Here’s the release:
“Balthazar Celebrates its 10th Year with Complimentary Champagne
When Balthazar Restaurant, the SoHo institution, opened, it brought the bustle of New York City downtown to what was once a quiet industrial neighborhood comprised of artists and galleries.
Balthazar serves traditional bistro meals from breakfast through late-night supper in a setting, which evokes a feeling of a Paris brasserie. Opened by Keith McNally in the spring of 1997, Balthazar offers a French menu prepared by Chefs de Cuisine Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson. Diners can also choose from an extensive wine list, a raw seafood bar, and breads & pastries from Balthazar Bakery.
Most people don’t even know what a Balthazar is. . .
Pour 16 bottles of Champagne in one bottle and you’ve got yourself a Balthazar (think, Magnum…). So to celebrate the success of the past 10 years, Balthazar will be offering diners lots of complimentary Champagne.
The Champagne served will be: Champagne Gardet Premier Cru, Balthazar 10-year Anniversary Cuvée Brut NV which is imported exclusively for Balthazar and is available in the US only at the restaurant. This richly flavored, complex and lively Champagne is made from grapes picked from some of the best vineyards in Champagne. It is handcrafted in limited quantity by the House of Gardet, continually family-run since its founding in 1895.
How it Works:
Monday, April 23, 2007 – all day.
Breakfast – Complimentary glass of champagne or a Mimosa, with a meal.
Lunch, Late Lunch, Dinner and Supper – Complimentary bottle of champagne for parties up to 5 people, with a meal. Parties of 6 or more will be offered two bottles.
Hours of Operation:
BREAKFAST LUNCH & LATE LUNCH
Mon to Fri: 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM Mon to Fri: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sat & Sun: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
DINNER & AFTER HOURS
BRUNCH Mon to Thu: 5:45 PM – 1:00 AM
Sat & Sun: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Fri & Sat: 5:45 PM – 2:00 AM
Sun: 5:30 PM – 12:00 AM
Keith McNally additionally owns and operates:
Morandi, Schiller’s Liquor Bar, Pastis, Balthazar Bakery, Pravda and Lucky Strike.
Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson are also Chefs de Cuisine at Pastis and Schiller’s Liquor Bar.
In addition to operating his restaurants, Keith wrote The Balthazar Cookbook (Clarkson Potter 2003), along with co-chefs Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson, with a foreword by cultural critic, Robert Hughes.
80 Spring Street
(between Broadway and Crosby)
New York, NY 10012″