Stepping inside Balthazar will transport you across the Atlantic into a charming, lively authentic Parisian brasserie on Boulevard Saint Germain packed with scurrying suited-waiters, diners savouring mussels and foie gras, and delectable aromas wafting from the kitchen. People queue for hours to snare a seat at one of their red leather banquette seats or at the Oyster & Shellfish bar, eager to taste dishes such as the seared organic salmon with mustard crust, lentils and chicken jus; steamed mussels with home-style fries; duck shepherd’s pie, or the exceptional hearty côte de boeuf. The desserts are simply to die for, so make sure to leave some room for the richly decadent apple tarte tatin, the crème brûlée, or the sublime profiteroles with homemade chocolate sauce. Balthazar's weekend brunch is also a New York City institution, so be prepared to brave the queues as the experience is well worth the wait. Don’t forget to pick up a warm, crusty French baguette from Balthazar’s fantastic boulangerie next door on your way home.