Banc Cafe
Banc Cafe

Banc Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.banccafe.com/
  • Phone: 2122520146x
  • 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: American, Contemporary 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. 2122520146
  • 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.
Enjoy!
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Banc Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)vibrant bar scene (22)great for outdoor dining (17)great for brunch (16)good for groups (12)great for lunch (12)fit for foodies (9)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (4)romantic (3)special occasion (2)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • casual meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    no frills - casual dinner - but a good spot to go if you want a simple, easy dinner (with a great happy hour special)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood brunch
    NonaPopa
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Good menu. They allow variations and were quite adaptable to our dietary needs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CwjeVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Service excellent. Food consistently good. Recommend !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful brunch
    SIdiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Delicious food, beautiful presentation and great service . Would highly recommend for brunch . Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and loud scene
    AMYCVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My girlfriend picked it
    NeilS
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So noisy that we didn't go in
    wm68VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but so noisy
    Eithne
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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 .
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than a neighborhood gem
    ArtNYC
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Banc
    DavidschuVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absent bartender, but great drinks
    snackermasVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • comfortable dining experience
    marc8256
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 44 reviews are from the Banc Cafe reviews archive.
  • Sunday Night Dinners @ Banc
    michlynn59NYC
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    EXCELLENT NEIGHBORHHOD RESTAURANT IN MUARRY HILL. VERY ECLECTIC MENUE. WE SHARED 4 SSMALL PLATES AND THE CHOPPED SALAD. EVERYTHING WAS VERY TASTY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun lunch with a group
    clarkbar
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DavidschuVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food
    FoodElf
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The food here is fantastic! Gourmet yet completely affordable. Plus, depending on when you go, they serve complimentary gourmet desserts to your table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous service
    NYCfanVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun!
    t182288VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful service, imaginative menu
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    Great
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ou of Towner
    Danny
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    KEVPVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food was okay. The brussel sprouts seems greasy and the burger was a bit tough.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very noisy BUT great food/service
    SirL
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place and very lively-noise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Fun place and very lively-noise level was up so not a place for quiet conversation-good food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had no idea what to expect,
    Optionmaven
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining in a vault
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    Blueglasses
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Tad too noisy
    BabetteVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The place is very nice, a
    DougC
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Murray Hill Favorite Spot
    srm1VIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great food, perfect service, but needs improvement on their wine list
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I have eaten at Banc several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I have eaten at Banc several times for both brunch and dinner. The food is excellent. The servers and bartenders are attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NEVER FAILS
    parisnyc
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Banc is consistent and the managers are extremely friendly. A place to bring friends, family, date.. just a great place and great prices
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Banc? Why not!
    Datenight
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always consistently good all
    CwjeVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    always consistently good all round. service exceptional / our server Marcos professional and attentive!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Neighborhood Place to Eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The food was well prepared with creative ingredients and presentation. Atmosphere was cozy and warm amidst a cold NYC in winter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy and good!
    JennyVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and good service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Good food and good service. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic