Voted Best Middle Eastern on Zagat 2015-2016
Dinners Choice Winner Open table 2013- 2014 - 2015
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Shredded marinated beef with tomatoes, pickles, onions, parsley, sumac, and tahini sauce
Balade Lamb Chops
Chargilled New Zealand baby lamb chops. Served with rice and grilled vegetables
Made with chickpeas, onions, cumin and parsley. Served with tahini sauce
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Daily 5:00PM - 6:30PM
I’ve been to Balade before and it’s a great spot. The most recent time we went, this past weekend, was a tad disappointing. I think they just had too many people and not enough staff.
I could not have chosen a better place to dine for Mother’s Day! The staff were beyond accommodating and friendly. The food was spectacular. Literally everything we ordered was delicious! Drinks and dessert were complimentary. It was just one of those perfect dining experiences. They even gave my mother a little surprise gift. Super sweet and thoughtful. Thank you guys for everything!
Honestly, the manager or proprietor seemed to be one of two individuals interested in delivering decent service. Ambiance they cannot control so that’s a moot point. However waiting 20 mins for water seems a bit much.
don’t do it
The food was really delicious, but I was probably most impressed by the service. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. They genuinely appreciated our patronage. The price is VERY reasonable. I definitely recommend Balade and plan on returning again soon.
We were some what rushed and they were very attentive and accommodating. The food and service were outstanding
Fantastic and authentic food. The ambiance and the food make it totally worth it! The service was not great - waiting 15 mins after our reservation time and the servers were not particularly helpful. But we really enjoyed our meal and would still go back.
We arrived at 7 and were seated on time for our reservation for five people. When we arrived the restaurant was about half-full, but by the time we left around 9 it was completely packed inside and outside with no social distancing (although they do have plexiglass dividers between tables). The service was incredibly slow; it seemed like they were unprepared for such a busy evening. We had to ask for bread four or five times before receiving any to go with our hummus and baba ganoush. They also charged us for two orders of hummus even though we only received one. When we alerted the wait staff they were nice about it and gave us extra baba ganoush and baklava on the house. But I would not recommend dining there unless your party is vaccinated because of how crowded it was.
Love this place
Everything was perfect
Balade was off the charts. Everything was homemade to order including the pita bread. I wish I had a bigger stomach so I could have eaten more. Just go. It is amazing.
Service was really slow
First time at Balade and we will be back. Great Lebanese food and as a bonus the option of Lebanese wine with the meal - a perfect complement.
Get the mixed grill - the table side presentation is fun
Horrible experience. My party of 6 arrived for our reservation to find the restaurant completely packed inside and out (no distancing whatsoever). I checked in with the host and he looked shocked to learn I had a reservation at 8:15PM. He asks for my name and says to wait 1 min then disappears. I find him again 10 mins later and tell him again I had an 8:15PM reservation. He asks for my name and again tells me to hang on 1 min. I wait another 10 mins or so and now the host is nowhere to be found. The rest of the staff is busy and nobody is acknowledging our presence. The host shows his face finally and this time my friend goes to ask what is happening with our reservation. The host asks my friend for the time & name on the reservation, then proceeds to tell him to wait 1 min and yet again disappears. At this point our group is beyond frustrated. I go online to the restaurant’s booking site to see they still give me the option to make reservations on every 15 min interval. Surprisingly the same goes for the availability on Opentable. Balade clearly does not know how to handle its reservations and had overbooked itself. Opentable seriously needs to evaluate how they let restaurants pull this kind of nonsense. Needless to say our party left to dine elsewhere and I highly doubt any of us will give this unorganized joke of an establishment another chance at our business. I wish I had taken the name of the host so I could call him out on his unprofessionalism.
I had a birthday celebration here and at the end everyone who attended told me this restaurant was a good choice
I took my 14 yr old son and my 11 yr old daughter to dinner at Balade, they really liked the food and the service. we got the mixed grill platter, they had it presented in a new way that I have never seen before. I really liked it.
Some of the best Lebanese food you’re gonna get.
We appreciated the outstanding service with a smile the elegant atmosphere and the Awesome cuisine.
Wonderful food and service. Love this place. This is a go to for weekend lunch
Excellent service! Great ambience. Food was delish. Serving sizes were great. And sweet surprise: all the meat is certified halal.
Love love love this restaurant!!! Everything is delicious, we all ordered and shared!!
Great food! Attended with four friends and they all had positive things to say about their meals. We sat in their ourdoor space on a cold day and it was very warm with their heaters. They also had plastic barriers between the tables that were great to have.
Food was absolutely outstanding, we'll definitely be coming back. It was a bit chilly inside, despite the heat lamps, but it is covid times, so it is what it is.
The food was phenomenal and so delicious! And the servers were kind and helpful. Plus, it’s affordable. Would definitely come and eat here again.
Great service, the server was very kind and knowledgeable about the whole menu. Thank you so much for everything
Great food. Good separation from other guests. Wonderful ambience. Food sequencing was a tad off - dips came but no bread.
Disappointed. Wanted to really like this place. Unfortunately too many misses:
1-No hand sanitizer offered ... after handling menu, not interested in grabbing pita slices with fingers that may be contaminated...
2- main courses brought out when we are still finishing our appetizers
3- mains courses brought out later, where cold and obviously had been sitting for a while
4- food was not vibrant and tasty... missing spices and flavors I expect from middle east.
On the plus side, the server was friendly.
Every piece of food was incredible, BUT...
-Outdoor dining is one of those dining cabins that is essentially indoors but on the street
-inside the cabin was very tight and absolute fire hazard
-No liquor, just wine and beer
Nice place nice food nice staff
Amazing , can’t complain. Love the COVID-19 precautions!!
Great service, delicious food, heating that works!
Dining area is cramped and table is too narrow. Heater wasn’t enough. Food was okay but I think a bit pricey given the ambience. The red wine ( recommended by staff) did not taste good.
Food was amazing!! Everything was absolutely fresh and yum!! We had a great time.
Good food highly recommend
We had walked past Balade a few times back in the pre-covid days and thought 'we should check that place out some time'. And we are so glad that we did! What an all-around lovely evening. The new outdoor dining space is very well laid out, tables are clean and isolated from one another, and the space was comfortably heated even on a chilly Nov night. The menu is extensive and loaded with a nice array of Lebanese-based dishes that all looked so fresh and flavorful that it was hard to choose. Our host and waitstaff were friendly & attentive, and made some excellent recommendations for both wine and entrees. Total neighborhood gem - we'll definitely be back soon.
This restaurant was at 100% capacity and was breaking the COVID guidelines for indoor dining. It is a 700 square foot restaurant with every table filled and not with barriers up between every table. We were literally on top of each other... this was definitely not at 25% capacity like they are supposed to be. Every other restaurant with indoor dining has ample space between tables, but this restaurant was pretending like we were back to normal times...
Very disappointing that this restaurant put my health and the health of everyone else in the restaurant at risk.
The food was delicious but extremely disappointed with how the restaurant is treating COVID.
Good food, busy restaurant so service a bit slow but good, no gluten-free bread and few gluten-free options, but a very nice ambiance especially on the outdoor terrace.
Balade was a great dinner date experience. My boyfriend and I picked a couple of things to share. We choose the appetizer platter which consisted of hummus, grape leaves, Baba ghanoush, and rhakat( so delicious). Then the
Balade Lamb Chops to share. Everything was SO tasty and flavorful and they refilled the pita bread free of charge. The Lebanese house red and white was also very good
We originally reserved to sit outside but we thought the tables were too close( of course NYC space in mind.) Luckily on a Saturday night they were able to accommodate us inside and we felt very safe during these weird COVID times. Noise level was low but nice music overhead while we ate.
I would highly recommend Balade for a date night although we did see a group of about 6 girls and a small family eat as wel
Lots of vegetarian options. The food was very tasty and at a great value .
The food was delicious and the service was amazing! Going back real soon!
The food was DELICIOUS and the service was excellent. Definitely a new go to restaurant for when I'm visiting NYC.
Balade does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Balade also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 529-6868.
Balade is rated 4.5 stars by 826 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.