Balade

4.5
825 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 825 people are saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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rgulcan
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

JR
vipJessicaR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience1

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

don’t do it

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vip12Many
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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Jude
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were some what rushed and they were very attentive and accommodating. The food and service were outstanding

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

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.

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Bluejay
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

BM
vipBeckieM
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place
Everything was perfect

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Service was really slow

JK
vipJohnK
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Shane
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a birthday celebration here and at the end everyone who attended told me this restaurant was a good choice

MM
MichaelM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best Lebanese food you’re gonna get.

KI
KISHOREB
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We appreciated the outstanding service with a smile the elegant atmosphere and the Awesome cuisine.

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mystic710
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Love this place. This is a go to for weekend lunch

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Rizee
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Great ambience. Food was delish. Serving sizes were great. And sweet surprise: all the meat is certified halal.

NY
vipNewYawker
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this restaurant!!! Everything is delicious, we all ordered and shared!!

AV
AlejandraV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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.

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Dilpreet
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, the server was very kind and knowledgeable about the whole menu. Thank you so much for everything

AM
vipAlnoorM
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Good separation from other guests. Wonderful ambience. Food sequencing was a tad off - dips came but no bread.

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EdEats
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

LL
vipLexL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place nice food nice staff

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing , can’t complain. Love the COVID-19 precautions!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, heating that works!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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DivD
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! Everything was absolutely fresh and yum!! We had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food highly recommend

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mconn99
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

EG
vipElizabethG
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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vipsplit
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lots of vegetarian options. The food was very tasty and at a great value .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was amazing! Going back real soon!

SC
vipSamanthaC
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was DELICIOUS and the service was excellent. Definitely a new go to restaurant for when I'm visiting NYC.

MF
MarkF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our party of 4 totally enjoyed every aspect of our dining experience at Balade.

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 825 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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