Balade

4.4
856 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 856 people are saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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hadinnyc
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

This was my first time at this restaurant and I chose this place based on other's reviews. We liked the mezze (baba ghanoosh, tabouli, rkakat). Seeing other tables with their plates, we decided to share a platter but our wait person insisted that the platter was only big enough for one person. So we acquiesced and ordered one more mezze (falafel) but stuck with one platter. We were glad that we only ordered one platter because it was definitely too much food. The beef swarma was dry though and disappointing. Lastly, this restaurant wants you to order EVERYTHING together and ALL of the food is served at the same time. For a tiny table for 2 people, there was no room for all of the plates and the food kept getting cold.

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AnnaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Balade for a birthday dinner on a Thursday. After booking through open table, the experience from start to finish was 10/10. They were flexible on the number of attendees, stored our cake for us, quick to meet any needs and even let us play our music of choice near the end!! such an amazing experience, will definitely we coming back to celebrate another event!

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ElenaAM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, as always. We sat in the outdoor dining area, due to the storm it was quite empty. Food is always excellent and our servers were courteous and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

First time there and I found the staff and service to be very good. I didn't order much food, only 2 appetizers (hummus and tabouli) which were both yummy and good. However I bought a mixed meat platter for 3ppl , that looks like a pie.... That was very dry and gave me the runs. Stay away from that meal choice. Overall may go again but only for non meat platters

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MiPiaceCenare
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, pleasant service, nice vibe, nice Lebanese wines. Only minor drawback is noise level a bit high for east conversation but overall a great place for a casual meal with friends

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FrancoisC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and the service was excellent with good suggestions from our waitress.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, consistent and delicious food, friendly and considerate servers. Please consider, however, to keep the background music low as it makes it difficult to hear friends across the same table.

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Alex
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and cuisine. My friends had an amazing meal and thought I chose a great restaurant for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great - it’s cozy and food was great

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ShelbyT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding! Incredible flavors, great ambience, and affordable. Can’t wait to return.

JM
vipJimM
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Pros: Prompt service (at first), delicious food & wine. Cons: Menu is a bit confusing (not sure why it still has to be "on line", first course arrived well before drinks, difficult to get service after we ordered, sent the fries back twice because they weren't fried/cooked enough, were double-charged for wine. Not sure about going back.

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ChelseaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Balada was a simple, fantastic place to eat. The grape leaves were amazing and came with 8 of them. The small plates were plenty to share and the wine paired well with everything we got. Definitely a great find!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome time, great food and great service, get the Lebanese beers!!

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vipeatwell35
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tabouleh was outstanding and the chicken shwarma platter portion is generous. Great wine selection and their outdoor seating setup is well designed. Next time I will be back for their lamb chops!

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Houghton
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend and I decided to split a bunch of small plates. Everything was so good, we didn't regret one thing. Left full and excited to come back.

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NYMama
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Balade. The menu and the wine list were Lebanese, and delicious. Service was very fast but not rushed. The waiter was helpful. We ate outside so although it was PACKED it wasn't noisy; the passing traffic was louder than the restaurant crowd. Great vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good. So don’t think it was necessary for me to reconfirm reservation

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Grabbed lunch with a few friends and had the outdoor dining area mostly to ourselves. Didn’t feel rushed and the food was very tasty and reasonably priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

McDonald’s level quality, not tasty, too busy for servers on hand.

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vipHarlemFoodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is very good. A little pricey for the neighborhood, but delicious.

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vipJohn
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Lebanese food, good variety of options, and good service. Recommended

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vipMicheleD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! The food is delicious, clearly made fresh from high quality ingredients and the people are just lovely. The owner or manager (not sure which) takes such pride in the restaurant and the food and he's always checking to make sure guests are happy and taken care of. Also, the new outdoor space is adorable and warm enough with heat lamps even on a cold day.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an experience...
This is an amazing, authentic Lebanese restaurant (complete with Middle Eastern EDM blaring out of the speakers around the restaurant) recommended by my Lebanese friend. We tried so many different things from the menu, but definitely get the Supreme Mixed Platter Grill for your group to get all the hits. The Hummus Beiruti and Grilled Haloumi are both great for starters. Try out the Sujuk and Makanek!
Outstanding customer service!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough amazing things about this place. We had a group of 10 girls from all over the country meet up for a bachelorette. 3 of us were Lebanese so we really wanted to give the rest of the girls a taste of Lebanon. We chose Balade because of all the great reviews we read and it sure did not disappoint. It was the most authentic Lebanese meal we have had in such a long time. Elson was the greatest waiter. He was super knowledgeable and accommodating ans generous. Our meal was balade was amazing, and we received the best service we have EVER experienced. Highly highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the service to the food everything was incredible here!They have both indoor and outdoor seating!
We ordered lots of Mezze (sharing style) and the Amaizing Supreme Mix grill and everyrhing was wowww!!
Will defintley be back soon! Highly recommand :)))

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, would highly recommend and will come again!

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Tina
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Street noise is very loud when eating outside. Inside ambiance seemed very nice

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Expect to wait even over 20 mins even if you have a reservation

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vipJojo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was flavorless. We did the fixed price and they would bring 2 small plates of hummus at a time for 14 people. The white wine was warm. Never again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

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.

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rgulcan
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
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
47 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
15 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.

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vipBeckieM
New York Area
26 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.

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 4.4 stars by 856 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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