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Banc Cafe
Banc Cafe

Banc Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.banccafe.com
  • Phone: (212) 252-0146
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm,

    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: John J. Loughran
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Tom O. (212) 252-0146
  • Entertainment: DJ spins Thurs, Fri & Sat nights
    Singer Songwriter Sundays 9pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 30th Street
  • Public Transit: No. 6 Train at Park Ave and 28th Street or 33rd Street.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Metered parking till 7pm on Side streets
    Metered parking till 10pm on 3rd Ave
    Parking lots located on 30th St btw 2nd & 3rd Ave
    also on 31st St btw 3rd Ave & Lexington Ave
A word from Banc Cafe
A neighborhood bar restaurant occupying the space of a 1920’s bank. The décor is inspired by nineteenth century Parisian establishments. Terra Cotta textured walls, dimly lit chandelier’s, copper table tops & curved banquette seating create a very unique and intimate setting.
Executive Chef, John J. Loughran formerly of River Café in Brooklyn has created a menu that changes seasonally; using the best of locally sourced ingredients. Chef John’s philosophy, buy local and be creative. This is evident in every dish you taste at Banc Café.
Our cocktails are created using fresh fruit & natural ingredients.
We feel that tasty food & flavorful drinks provided with honest friendly service is a great way to win someone over. We hope that someone is you.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Good menu. They allow variations and were quite adaptable to our dietary needs."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Service excellent. Food consistently good. Recommend !"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Delicious food, beautiful presentation and great service . Would highly recommend for brunch . Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Quite a loud bar scene with 20-something's made it a bit hard for dining but seats away from the bar and outside were really fine. We really enjoyed the food and lively scene -- fresh ingredients and some interesting combinations."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The Banc Cafe is a popular place with 1/2 price bottles of wine for a Sunday night. She picked it because we were going to the movies. The food was excellent and service was great. We wound up with a table in the back which worked out because it was noisy because of the World Cup Final."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This may be a great place, but there was no outdoor seating and the noise level inside was so high (and we wanted to visit with our friends) that we left without even checking in. I really have no idea about the food or service, but I had to give a rating in order to post this review."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "It was so noisy where we were seated that we could not have a proper conversation and our server could not hear us it we could not hear him. I wish the hostess had checked the weather properly as we wanted to sit outside and she said it was definitely going to rain. Over the two hours we were inside it did not rain at all. We were catching up with relatives we had not seen in years and unfortunately we could not hear each other. The hostess would not move us away from the seats near the bar. It made the nie food less enjoyable I'm afraid ."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Food choices and the presentation were excellent. Our waitress was superb (and she had a glamor about her). Plates were cleared timely. It's all better than good."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food at Banc is much better than one might expect from a neighborhood pub. From salads to burgers to seafood, to burnch specialties, we are always happy and are rarely disappointed. Decent wines too. And you still have money to pay the rent after you pay the check. Consistently excellent!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We had a hard time getting the bartender's attention and it wasn't a crowded night. The drinks he made were great though."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The service dynamics and food were excellent. The atmosphere was very comfortable with a large table for two and comfortable chairs and a relaxed atmosphere around us with views of other customers enjoying their food and conversations. Great vibes!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Banc has been my neighborhood “go-to spot” for the past 4 years for lunch, dinner and to grab a few drinks. They have a variety of different appetizer & entree selections, quick bites(ask for a bar menu), the food & service has always been pretty good, the prices are extremely reasonable, & both the waiter/bartenders have always been so friendly(Especially Andy, Chris, & Jesse!) Come frequently with a group of friends for Sunday Night Dinners because they have 1/2 priced bottles of wine, & live music that starts after dinner around 10pm. Kale & Pear Salad w/ grilled chicken or Veggie Flatbread is my go-to, my friends order the Filet Mignon Baguette almost every time we go, and definitely recommend Tartare of Tuna/Avocado for an appetizer."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I have eaten here more than once and decided to have a small retirement lunch there. Our group of 7 wanted to try everything! We asked about sharing and the wait staff was very accommodating, bringing clean small plates for all several times. They did not hover but checked in on us regularly. The food is great - the flatbread with figs and prosciutto is my favorite so far, but I still have more to tr. The salads are delicious and the desserts are wonderful-we split 4 among 7 since we could not decide and we only left crumbs."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Food at this neighborhood pub seems to be getting better and better. Dining here in the evening is fun if you can stand the noise at the lively bar. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food here is fantastic! Gourmet yet completely affordable. Plus, depending on when you go, they serve complimentary gourmet desserts to your table. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Our food and drinks were good, but the service made the evening special. A group of us met for a reunion and I had requested a table good for that sort of gathering. We were seated at a perfect booth with a round table, which made for way conversation. Our server was knowledgeable and fun, friendly but not intrusive."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I was very pleased with BANC and especially their happy hour special; our reservation for 5 was honored immediately and i had a glass of wine in my hand before the rest of my part arrived. Our server was attentive, but it was known that it was happy hour and she was a bit pushy when it came to ordering. Nonetheless, the watermelon salad was delicious and it was a great place to sit and enjoy with friends. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Staff were very accommodating for our party of three arriving at different times. We all enjoyed our meal, food is terrific. Really varied menu -- Asian fusion meets Irish comfort food (shepherd's pie), all delicious. We had several appetizers, all good, veggie meatballs and Chinese style dumplings stood out. Good drinks, too."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Great food and service! Staff was great and very accommodating! Our party number changed and they were ok with it. We only ordered off the small plate menu...the pork belly is really good as are the meatballs. Tried the Thai skewers which were amazing as well. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We were in NY for a special occasion and Banc Café was near our hotel. We looked up the menu and reviews online. From what we read we decided to book a special birthday party for our daughter. We were very pleased with the staff, the food and the atmosphere. They even threw in complimentary birthday deserts for the 6 in our party. I give this restaurant a big Thumbs up."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Food was okay. The brussel sprouts seems greasy and the burger was a bit tough."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Banc Cafe offers great food in an energetic atmosphere at a reasonable price. We had a very enjoyable experience and recommend that it be included in your NY dinning experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Not a place for an initimate conversation on a Friday night. Service fabulous - waiter offers cocktails not on the list and excels in preparation. Wine choice decent and beer offerings lacking in my book. Empanadas to begin - perfect. Became intoxicated with the preparations that followed. Very beautiful interior. A twenty something place to be on a friday night. The food and service overcame any discomfort from the high volume. Best dining on our excursion thus far."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Fun place and very lively-noise level was up so not a place for quiet conversation-good food"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We had no idea what to expect, and we were definitely surprised by the entire night. The food was delicious, the service was extremely attentive, and the atmosphere was energetic but we were able to carry on a conversation."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "According to our waiter, Banc really is a former bank / vault. the restaurant is pretty with a large bar and very open, nice atmosphere and mixture of seating options from low tables to high tables. Food is tasty, I always go for the seafood here, you can easily split small plates or go for the entrees. Reasonably priced and great food!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My husband and I went to cafe banc for dinner whilst on holiday. The service was great, with staff being attentive whilst giving us our own space. The menu was great, with lots of great sounding choices. The food was really tasty and based on our experience of New York restaurants, it seemed very reasonably priced. We also appreciated that we had lots of space at our table (at our other meals in NY over the holiday, tables have been very close together). Additionally, the restaurant had a great atmosphere - lively but also quiet enough for us to be able to comfortably have a conversation. Would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "While the food is very good, service prompt I find the noise level too much to bear for dinner. Perhaps lunch and or brunch would be a better option."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The place is very nice, a very nice bar when you enter the place and it could be somewhat noisy, but we ate in another room which was very quiet with nice tables and 1/2 booths. The waiter was very attentive and we were allowed to have a nice dinner. The food we ordered was very good and nice and hot. Everyone commenting oh how good everything was. If you want to do the bar scene, they have it, but for a nice dinner eat in the other room where its nice and quiet so you can enjoy the food and conversation. We would go back again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Wonderful bar and restaurant, always energetic, but with a little different crowd, slightly older and sophisticated. Food and drinks are great...happy hour is a blast!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Great food, perfect service, but needs improvement on their wine list"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I have eaten at Banc several times for both brunch and dinner. The food is excellent. The servers and bartenders are attentive."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Banc is consistent and the managers are extremely friendly. A place to bring friends, family, date.. just a great place and great prices"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This place is a staple in Murray Hill. I've been here several times and the ambiance is always great, service is quick, and the food is delicious. Nothing 5 star, per say, but great food that's reasonable! I would definitely suggest this to anyone who wants a quick bite and a fun place to go."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "always consistently good all round. service exceptional / our server Marcos professional and attentive!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The food was well prepared with creative ingredients and presentation. Atmosphere was cozy and warm amidst a cold NYC in winter."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The goat cheese croquettes are amazing and I had the sea bass which was a special and creative. The ambience is wonderful. I will be sure to go again when I'm in New York."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Good food and good service. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Came upon this restaurant by chance. Needed someplace in the neighborhood and found the Open Table reviews positive. You can add my review to the list. The place was festive for the holidays and the food was great at a reasonable price. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 12/8/2013