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Balade
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Balade Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.baladerestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (212) 529-6868
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch and Dinner: Daily: 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 11:30am - 5pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Micheline Wakim
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For all your inquiries, Please email us at Catering@baladerestaurants.com
  • Private Party Facilities: for all your inquiries, Please email us at specialevents@baladenyc.com
  • Private Party Contact: Roland Semaan (212) 529-6868 x3
  • Entertainment: Live Music: Oud with Violinist every thursday night!

  • Special Events & Promotions: For all your inquiries, Please email us at Specialevents@baladenyc.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 12th and 13th Streets
  • Public Transit: 4,6, L, N,Q 5, R to Union Square

    L train to 1st Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking Lot: 11th Street Between 1st & 2nd Avenue
A word from Balade
An Eastern Mediterranean restaurant that is a genuine addition to New York City’s diverse International cuisines. Specializing in Lebanese cuisine, Balade is a quaint neighborhood destination in the East Village with a warm and hospitable setting. Owned and operated by Roland Semaan (Hilton Hotels, NYC; B.R. Guest Restaurant Group, NYC) – Balade, which means Local, when describing produce of high quality in Lebanese, is the true culmination of his heritage and impressive hospitality background and experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Diner Reviews
  • "We chose to eat here after reading a favorable review in the New Yorker. The food was simple and delicious ( to be fair we sampled only an array of appetizers). Everything was fresh and well presented. The service was very friendly and eager to please. The only aspect we didn't like was the, frankly, awful live music . Nevertheless the staff was very avid sting and unfazed when we requested to change our table to move further away from the music"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Outstanding restaurant to have dinner at. The food is delicious in the purest Lebanese tradition and the service is excellent."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This place was incredible. food was delicious and the staff was very friendly. would recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The two of us ordered a bunch of mezze plates - grilled halloumi, shrimp, sfiha, and soujouk. We also had a side of the toum (so much garlic!). We were big fans of all of the plates, but I specifically enjoyed the sfiha and my boyfriend loved the halloumi. The marsala wine was also wonderful. Aesthetically, the restaurant could have been really romantic, but there were a couple big groups there when we were, so it was pretty loud. However, we still had a great time and would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Friendly service, tasty eastern Mediterranean cuisine, good location."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I'm from Dubai, so it was nice to have some Lebanese food. Our main course was okay, but appetizers were good. I didn't like how they didn't have a proper bar. And the servers had no idea what they were doing. They were slow, confused , and the overall service was not good at all. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "balade is popular and will be quieter if you go early. take notice of the tiles and other decorative touches"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Excellent service by friendly staff that wanted to impart their love of Lebanon and offer an experience of authentic Lebanese fare. Waiter even read our coffee grounds after dinner. Amazing place."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "the food is really good and the taste delicate! The sevice is careful. I recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Good food and good service. Worth checking out. Our waiter was very helpful and friendly. Fills up quickly so definitely recommend making reservations. "
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "You may as well be in a restaurant in Lebanon. This restaurant is fantastic, extremely authentic cuisine and the small restaurant has some charming decoration."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food is delicious. The small plates are great for sharing!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I'm Lebanese myself and found this food to be very authentic and possibly the best Lebanese cuisine I've had. Everything we ordered was perfect and the servers were very nice. My only complaints are that we were sat 30 minutes after our reservation time and there was very poor communication between wait staff. We were freshly greeted by 3 different employees and waited on by different waiters throughout the night, but not in a team sort of way because none of them ever knew what we ordered or if we ordered, etc. This was easy to overlook because the food was so damn good, but I do think polished service can take this restaurant from good to great. I'll definitely be back again."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "There was so much more on the menu we want to try and the atmosphere was fun. We will definitely be going back again!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Absolutely delicious. We tried different mezze and plates and each one was outstanding. Waiter gave us great recommendations and that's what we are and drank. Prices are reasonable too. Definitely will be back soon."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A group of us went there for a birthday and we had such a great experience. The service was great, the food was great, and the atmosphere was great. I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone and everyone!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Generally authentic Lebanese food, though they can do better with wildly varying portion sizes and scattershot service. They also just have too many tables for the small space."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "A friend and I were going to a play in a nearby theater. We needed a place to eat, and I literally googled the phrase 'restaurants near 14th Street and First Avenue.' Middle Eastern Food is usually a safe bet, when you're taking a chance so I made an online reservation. About an hour after doing that, someone from the restaurant called me to confirm (which impressed me). But nothing prepared me for how delicious the food there is. The freshness of the ingredients, the original combinations of flavors, the presentation ... Just go there and try it. It's extraordinary."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We arranged a table for 8 on a Saturday night with only 24 hours notice, which usually means average food in the East Village. This place was surprisingly good though - everything was very moreish and tasty and had a good sense of authenticity about it from the dips and breads to the salads and grilled meats. Very good place if you like Lebanese/Turkish/Greek food combos!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We came for the food and music, yet you had to sit on top of the musicians to hear them (noise level). A reasonable cheese appetizer and two poor entrees: 1-a fish filet of, perhaps, 1 1/2 ounces on a small salad plate (for we recall $25), too small even for an appetizer; 2-quail, overcooked and bitter (very, very tart sauce, and this is someone who loves lemon). Very over-priced for a low-end Middle-Eastern restaurant. For us, quite disappointing except for the service; the servers tried to be accommodating."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We had a prix fixe meal here on Valentine's Day so can't comment on their regular menu. We found the service very friendly and attentive and all the servers were so...nice! The main courses were pretty solid-a little better than okay-but the appetizers were excellent (hot and cold mezzes) and would go again just for that. Their house Lebanese wines were decent but can't comment on their selection as the house wine came with the meal."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great price and delicious food for the price, loved the Rose Wine served for the occassion. The Ashta desert with fruit was unique and very tasty. For anyone booking this I would fo early at say 7, at 7:30 and on it got busy."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The title is pretty self explanatory. We made a reservation and waited a while before someone even asked our name or if we needed a table. We saw our waiter twice throughout our meal, once to order once to drop off the check. Fortunately, all 5 of us ordered wine, salads, and maybe 10 small plates and though all we very good."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Love this place, always good. My 4th time there in a year."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "This was my first foray into Lebanese food, I am very familiar with other Eastern Mediterranean cuisine so I though it was worth a try. The food and service was excellent, we will definitely be back. We had a relatively new waiter and he was attentive and very helpful."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We did the 5-course chef's selection. We were told by the server that we'd get small portions, he was right. Presentation and taste were great, nice wine list. Loud, but the place was full, but that dings the ambience and noise. Great wait staff, very attentive and knowledgable. You'll enjoy."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "It was a stroke of luck to come across Balade through OpenTable, the ambience was casually elegant and romantic but great for groups as well. Service was excellent. We were a group of 9. We had a variety of small plates - mezze sampler,plus chicken wings, amazing little sausages and other dishes recommended by our very helpful waiter Timothy. We were not sure what to expect with Lebanese food and were pleasantly surprised at how flavorful the choices were. The delicious food was overflowing and the bill was just under $300, including 2 bottles of wine, dessert, and 18% gratuity. We dined at around 7 pm, not noisy at all."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Balade. The food is consistently flavorful. We enjoyed everything we ordered. The service was very good, yet not rushed. A great find!!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "We are vegetarian and were looking for a place with variety for us....... this is the place :) as it offers a lot of options......i would recommend this place. The service was great and ambiance was amazing....."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Will definitely be back! Balade was a great Lebonese spot we found and would love to share with friends visiting NYC looking for a unique dining atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I love Middle Eastern Food. This restaurant's menu is fantastic. Everyone in my group of 4 ordered either lamb or chicken kabobs. In retrospect we should have said, to cook the lamb medium rare. Both the lamb and chicken were "a bit overdone. HOWEVER, I would try this restaurant again. That is how great there menu is. There is so much for us to try. The apps were all right on!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "This was amazing Lebanese food with large portions and good wine/beer. I purchased an Amazon Local deal, and will definitely be back. If you are looking for great Middle Eastern food in a quiet and warm environment, this is your place. I highly recommend Balade!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "The food was very delicious. I especially lived the fava bean and the labneh appetizers. The pita bread served with the mezze was a bit week. The waitress was a bit overworked on New Year's Eve; however, I also found her knowledge about the menu and the short wine list to be rather poor. We did receive everything we ordered and we were not rushed. I will definitely go back to try more of the menu. I'll probably return on a less busy evening."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My girlfriend and I went on Christmas night after booking a couple days before. Everything was excellent, the food was absolutely perfect. Only down side was the hoards of people trying to get a table with no booking, which sort of cramped us as we were at a table right at the front of the restaurant. The servers were understandably a bit pushed and very busy, but they were doing their best. On a not so busy night, this place would be 5 stars all round."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The food at Balade was good, as was the service. This is a place for sharing...from appetizers to desserts."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "A go to spot for me and my girlfriends. Great vegetarian options for me..much appreciated!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "The food and service were very good. When asked, our waitress gave excellent suggestions. Everything was flavorful and nicely spiced. The entire staff was friendly and courteous. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "I came here with 2 other friends to enjoy dinner on a Saturday night. The hummus was excellent and I would definitely order it again. I shared a couple of meat dishes with my non vegetarian friend.... the lamb kebab was ok. It was rather dry and a bit overcooked unfortunately. The spiced beef sausage was good, but nothing mind blowing. The grilled shrimp were quite good though. My vegetarian friend ordered a couple of dishes and was very happy with hers. The Malbec they serve is excellent and the staff was wonderful. The service was friendly and very on point. The ambiance is also nice with enough vibrance to have fun but quiet enough to be able to have a conversation. The food wasn't amazing, but I would still come back."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "The restaurant was just okay. For a restaurant in the city, I was disappointed. I had the lamb dish and the lamb was over cooked, was a bit burnt even. It didn't have much flavor and the rice was blah. The halal cart food for $5 I thought is better than the dish I had at Balade. The middle eastern restaurant in Queens is way better than this restaurant. It wasn't worth the money and the trip all the way to the city. I wouldn't go back to this restaurant. The only good thing was the service, out waitress was friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Took a while to get food. The food was good, though not the best Middle Eastern food I have ever had. The ambience at night is very romantic. The mezzes (small plates) make it a good pick for going out with a group of friends who are comfortable with sharing."
    Dined on 11/10/2013