A Placewares' New York standby
When restaurateur Keith McNally and co-chefs Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson opened Balthazar in 1997, it immediately became one of the hottest restaurants in the country. Famous for its star-studded clientele, a beautiful room in the chic SoHo neighborhood, and superbly executed food, Balthazar has been embraced by New Yorkers and visitors alike for its perfect evocation of a French brasserie.
The Balthazar Cookbook captures that energy, that style, and that cuisine, with recipes for the most-loved and most-accessible French dishes: seafood ranging from the ultra-simple Moules à la Marinière to more ambitious Bouillabaisse; chicken and game favorites that include Coq au Vin and Cassoulet; red-meat classics such as Braised Short Ribs and Blanquette de Veau; sides like the perfect French Fries or sublime Macaroni Gratin; and finales that include Crème Brûlée and Chocolate Pot de Crème. This is the best of French cooking, from one of the best-loved French restaurants in the country.
“The first thing I do whenever I plan a visit to New York is make a reservation at Balthazar; this is quite the best room in Manhattan.”
“I went for breakfast; I stayed till supper.”
“The brandade. The bouillabaisse. The frites. These are a few of the things I would want to cook every week from Balthazar, were it not infinitely more cheerful to eat them on site.”
“Keith McNally and his exceptional team have managed to consistently satisfy every American’s dream of spending an evening or lunch or even breakfast somewhere in Paris without ever leaving the U.S.A.”
“From the first moment, Balthazar felt like a place that had been part of the New York landscape for a hundred years.”
“The talent and spirit of chefs Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr are at the heart of this wonderful transported brasserie, which happens to be my favorite downtown restaurant.”
“The enchanting atmosphere of Balthazar combined with the rightness of the food and service together create an extraordinary restaurant.”
“If Balthazar did not exist, it would be necessary to invent it.”
“Keith McNally is an old friend of mine and even I’m not treated that well.” -- Lorne Michaels
Keith McNally was born in London and moved to New York in 1975 where he worked in a series of restaurant jobs from oyster-shucker to busboy to general layabout. In 1980 he opened his first restaurant, The Odeon. Since then he has opened Cafe Luxembourg, Nell’s, Lucky Strike, Pravda, Balthazar, Pastis, Schiller’s, Morandi, Minetta Tavern, Pulinos’s as well as Balthazar in London. He’s also written and directed two feature films, End Of The Night and Far From Berlin. In 2010 he was mistakenly given the James Beard Award for Outstanding U.S. Restaurateur.
Author: Keith McNally, Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson
Size: 7 7/16 x 10" | 272 pages
The first time we tasted SQIRL's jams - Seascape Strawberry and Rose Geranium - it was nearly a religious experience. It was a lazy morning at The Sea Ranch, and we spread this ethereal jam over some rustic bread. We were instantaneous devotees.
Sqirl restaurant in Los Angeles makes their jams in copper jam pans using traditional techniques from the 1500's. Organically farmed produce, fair trade organic sugar and no commercial pectin.
Size: 8 oz.
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Heavy enough to stop a door (or flatten your pickles)
Pound is a doorstop or paperweight that was inspired by traditional Japanese pickling stones. Picking stones have to be heavy enough to hold down a pickling barrel's lid. We're certainly a fan of a good pickle, but in reality ours is destined to hold a door open here at The Sea Ranch, Placewares' home on the 'breezy' Sonoma Coast.
The Pound's surface is a smooth granite stone with a rope hand strap.
Each Pound stone is unique and one-of-a-kind. Made in Kagawa, Japan.
Designer: Eiji Ota
Size: 6 x 3" | 4.5 lb
Material: Stone, rope
Care: Clean with a damp cloth and wipe dry.
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Hard Strong's new 100% tempered, exclusive Platinum line provides us a beautiful, incredibly thin profiled drinking glass. Trust us, it is a sublime pleasure to use!
Material: Tempered glass
Size: 10 oz / 305 ml; 82 x 89 x 82mm