I write this qwith a heavy heart...tomorrow I fly home to the UK after having the time of my life with my 23 year old daughter...Our trip has been amazing, the weather superb and NY has yet again left a huge imprint on my heart.
We stayed at the Sofitel and it is a first class hotel. the staff are eager to please and go a bove and beyond the call of duty.........however, we have just returned for our last night in NY after having dinner at Balthazar and I have never been so pleased to get out of a restaurant in my life..
If you know Balthazar you will know the tables are very close together, my daughter and myself were on a corner table (we were sat as an L shape) with another couple alongside sat opposit each other, he looked to be mid 30's she looked very young maybe 17/18, both the waiter and maitre'd asked for ID for her, the guy insisted he was her fiance and she took a fit of the giggles, obviously that was not true...their behaviour was disgusting, from their conversation I think she may have been with him on 'business' if you know what I mean, he was fondling her and she was leaning right across the table kissing him in a most innapropriate manner. Their was another couple on the table next to them and they too were upset by this behaviour, I tried to ignore it but because of my seating position It was very difficult...the shocking thing for me is that the restaurant let it carry on.
I wanted to complain but my daughter asked me not to but I do intend to contact the restaurant on my return, I'm fuming that our last night at what we thought was a really nice restaurnt was ruined by 2 people who should have been asked to leave the restaurant.
I will not return to Balthazar as obviously their standards are way below what I expect from a 'good' restaurant.