Balsan

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This casual breakfast, lunch and dinner spot on the third floor of the Waldorf Astoria hotel sports an antique European look, with a marble-topped bar, antique mirrors and etched glass. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the hotel's courtyard. The space is comfortable, but not without fashionable flair the name's a nod to Coco Chanel's friend Etienne Balsan, who financed her first hat shop. The menu centers on artisanal comfort food, featuring contemporary preparations of favorites such as mussels and a gourmet burger. Specialties include house-made charcuterie and creative offal dishes such as veal heart with pears, mustard, parmesan and herbs. A wood-burning oven turns out everything from whole wood-fired chicken for two to tartes flambees, while a raw bar focuses on oysters. Local pastry chef Stephanie Prida consulted on desserts. Got some cash to blow? Try Ria, the Waldorf Astoria's upscale dining destination.