Balthazar, By the Numbers

Twenty years after it first opened in New York's SoHo, the iconic brasserie is as fresh as ever.

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“What’s kept Balthazar packed from 7:30 in the morning until 1:00 in the morning for 20 years—in a place like New York, no less—is the people,” says writer Reggie Nadelson, whose new book, At Balthazar: The New York Brasserie at the Center of the World, celebrates just that. Nadelson first approached owner Keith McNally with the project in 2010, following a story she wrote about the restaurant for DEPARTURES, but it wasn’t until 2014 that the press-shy restaurateur gave her the go-ahead. With full access to the inner workings of the downtown Manhattan institution, Nadelson uncovered all that makes the restaurant tick—right down to the numbers.