Balade

4.5
883 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
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.

Voted Best Middle Eastern on Zagat 2015-2016

Dinners Choice Winner Open table 2013- 2014 - 2015

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Daily 5:00PM - 6:30PM

What 883 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.2
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
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Greg
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

fresh inventive delicious

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Sara
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fun spot

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went there with family - party of eight. Asked for inside and they sat us inside. Have been to many Lebanese places, this was in the top three. Food is fantastic, our waiter, George, excellent, knowledgeable, attentive and super friendly, prices are excellent for very high quality food.

Read a whole bunch of reviews here, mostly positive and the negative experiences were not observed at all. This means this restaurant pays attention to any negative reviews and corrects it. I’m in no way related to the restaurant, and will say that I and my family members will be returning and will definitely recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Inside seating not available. Outside was too cold plus heater was kerosene

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asingh
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Quite upset - they turned a table for four into one for six for my party, it was very crowded. Seated us right next to the door, where it constantly opened and closed to cold wind gusts.

The menu listed online is not the one available on Fridays and Saturdays - maybe this should be mentioned. It is a limited menu and is much more expensive.

They also have you order everything for the night at once and are not interested in caring to explain the menu and different foods. First time I have ever experienced this.

Food was good, but really not a fan of their tactics and lack of service; not impressed with the restaurant.

I'd rather the food be mediocre but have better seating and service.

BK
BeckyK
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in the cozy, warm outdoor area. The manager, who also doubled as our waiter, was friendly and gave us wonderful suggestions. The food was nothing short of amazing. The restaurant was packed by 7 with delighted diners. We will absolutely return!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was too. Was able to get a reservation for 12 people. Outdoor seating was covered and very warm. Fun atmosphere - would definitely recommend

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is so flavorful and fresh, great place for dinner with friends!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely terrific food and great service. Highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, fresh food and great service

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Very d'Issa l'intimât

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KevinP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was superb, although perhaps the selection of meats could have been a little more generous for the mixed grill platter. The service was fine and gracious, if somewhat inattentive at certain key moments. The outdoor seating is adequate, although it could use a wee bit more effort at leveling the area—some of the cheap folding chairs, themselves not overly sturdy, were perched at the edge of the curb, that was poorly leveled with layers of astroturf. This made for uncomfortable dining for three of our party. But overall, I would say that given the relatively moderate price and the really tasty preparations, I would return (and perhaps specially request a level table).

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AliE
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall1food5service3ambience2

It's a good restaurant, the food and service are good. I went there because a friend told me it's the best Lebanese restaurant in NYC, so my expectations were very high. But it's not the best one.

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Michael
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best Middleastern Foods that I've found in Manhattan to date.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food. Outdoor seating could be more comfortable.

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LisaS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, friendly knowledgeable staff. Will definitely be back!

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ThomasE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The experience was excellent, they sat us early and let us have pre drinks at the table. The services was on par and a delight.

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Ruby
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Mix grill was delicious!

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Justin
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

12 of us went for a birthday dinner. Had a blast. Service was slow, but its slow at every restaurant these days. Food was solid... would recommend the prefixed menu for groups as you get a wide array of food. Definitely had a Lebanese vibe - music, food, Lebanese waitress.
Yuppy crowd. Got loud do to its density later in the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Waiter did not wear mask and was coughing and touching his face throughout

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ValerieG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent find
The food is delicious and the staff pleasant

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

They started playing the music super loud, like nightclub levels, midway through. Our group wasn’t a fan because it made conversation harder. It was a good time, good food, and good value overall, though

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CEJNYC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The food is reliably fantastic!! Lots of choices - all delicious & freshly made. They were very busy, so the service was just adequate - the server forgot to pick up my check when I wanted to pay. After 10 minutes, I went inside and paid at the bar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

They were understaffed and too busy- we booked a table in doors we were given an outdoor option as the wait for indoors was over an hour even though we had a reservation. The staff was over whelmed and the food was below par

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vipCGNNYC
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Was looking for an outdoor spot that would on a rainy night. Baladé’s outdoor set up was perfect. Airy enough to feel comfortable and kept the rain out. Service was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Overbooked & understaffed. Restaurant doesn’t understand the equation. Servers were great, but they were being overworked — management should consider hiring more / take better care of their people

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KristinC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and customer service

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AgneseD
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing, really good. Service could improve (too pushy, not polite)

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JordanL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

George is a really good waiter ; liked the Lebanese wine. Our tabbouleh never came but just as well; there was plenty of food .

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Noise level a little higher only because we chose outdoor seating. Food is absolutely amazing!

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AbigailA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and experience! Service was good and the owner stopped by our table to make recommendations and tell us some details about the restaurant and how everything was imported straight from Lebanon. Tabbouleh, hummus, and pita were all fabulous. We did a selection of mezze and everything was excellent!

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vipimacdugal
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic, great Lebanese food. Server George was wonderful. Really enjoyed our time at Balade and wish this would become a chain!

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vipJohn
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Attentive service and good recommendations from the waiter and waitress.

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Sona
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fabulous place for a night out, delicious food and great service!

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Steve516
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food as always! Lovely dishes with great flavors, authentic spices and perfectly cooked. One of my favorite restaurants.

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Mohan
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic the servers were very attentive and answered all our questions. They even recommended great options

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vipShaniS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and experience! Highly recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good service and not expensive! Recommended 100%!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good, I will go back

FAQs

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 883 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.

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