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At Balthazar

The New York Brasserie at the Center of the World



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About The Book

Explore the iconic and beloved restaurant Balthazar in this “beautiful New York love story. Nobody could have written it better than Reggie Nadelson, who captures the tastes and smells, the glamour, nitty-gritty, and the theater of the restaurant and of the city itself” (Nigella Lawson, award-winning chef and author).

Balthazar has been a staple in the New York restaurant scene since it opened its doors in 1997. Frequented by celebrities and locals alike, it has evolved from an intimate French brasserie to a legendary New York institution, now more successful than ever as it serves about a half a million meals a year.

MK Fisher Award finalist Reggie Nadelson was granted unrestricted access to owner and brilliant restaurateur Keith McNally, the restaurant, the kitchens, the present and past staff, the restaurant’s archives, and more. She follows the twenty-four-hour cycle of the SoHo hotspot and explores the history of both French brasseries and downtown Manhattan, weaving together a savory tale of design, economics, celebrity, and—of course—delicious food.

Featuring stunning color photographs and ten new recipes from Balthazar chef Shane McBride, this beautifully designed book celebrates the rich history and continued success of this renowned restaurant. As New York Times bestselling author and chef Ruth Reichl insists, “There’s never been a restaurant like Balthazar and never a book just like this.”

About The Author

Herman Leonard

Reggie Nadelson lives in New York and has written for Travel & Leisure, Vogue, and Conde Nast Traveller. She has had columns at The Guardian, The Financial Times, and Departures, where she wrote a series about cooking with the great chefs, such as Heston Blumenthal and Ruthie Rogers. Her Departures piece about fish in Hawaii was a finalist for the MFK Fisher Prize at the James Beard Awards. Her series of mysteries have been published in a dozen countries, and her nonfiction book, Comrade Rockstar was made into a documentary by the BBC and bought by Tom Hanks for a feature film. Find out more from

Product Details

  • Publisher: Gallery Books (May 30, 2023)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781501116780

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