Balade

4.4
791 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean

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Good Vegetarian Options
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 791 people are saying
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipElizabethG
New York Area
47 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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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSamanthaC
Washington DC
26 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.

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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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and came out quickly. The portions are awesome. My party arrived on time for our reservation and were sat immediately. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipeatwell35
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicks + Veg and Lentil soup were phenomenal. The hummus and pita bread were DELICIOUS - simple but very well made.
Great wine selection and very great service. Take care of our restauranteurs and servers we need them they make NYC the true melting pot.

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vipbrig123
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We are outside and the food and service was fantastic. It was only when we leaving did I see that the restaurant had put up plastic barriers between tables, but they haven’t done that for and we were less that three feet from the couple beside us...

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K54O
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Great place for family dinner or a date.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

They actually

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vipCKBreton
New England
48 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The service was a tad slow... they were really busy. Our main was forgotten and the arrived cold but they took it back and brought out a new plate without giving a hard time. Food is wonderful. Would definitely go back.

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vipBGNYC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

The “shrimp entree” was incredibly overpriced. 6 shrimp on top of a bowl of pita chips with yogurt. How is that an entree? Rest of the food was decent.

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vipJennaCat18
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amen our server was fantastic - gave great recommendations and was extremely attentive. Great music and food too!

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vipSandeepR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was horrible. We dine at Balade quite often but this time we had the worst experience. I will give zero star for service.

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vipVirna
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First outdoor dining experience and it was wonderful!

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Kelly
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was delicious and servers were trying their best to handle covid precautions and outdoor seating. It was a bit loud eating out on such a busy street with pedestrians walking by but overall would definitely recommend and would go back. May try to get a table closer to the street and not on the side walk.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was having trouble hearing the tunes. Excellent tunes tho

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vipGeorgeJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional. As a Lebanese, I feel very PROUD to have a place like this in the city.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for dinner a few days ago. The menu is extensive and everything we ordered was amazing. We had a few vegetarians in our party and the selection of mezzes was great for them as well. Not much of a dessert person, but even the Mouhallabieh was so delicious, I was scraping the bottom of the dish! Service was fast and attentive. They’ve put up plastic partitions between tables which is also much appreciated. Overall solid place!

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Catonia
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good despite eating outside & the CO-VID regulations.

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vipEricB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food is extremely meh.

Zaatar fries were totally soggy.

Pita bread was tasteless cardboard. A middle eastern restaurant that cant bake or buy superb pita bread is like an Italian restaurant that cant make a good tomato sauce. Inexcusable.

The grilled vegetables that came with the main were an extremely dumb assortment. Who eats a whole grilled tomato. Gross. Who eats a grilled jalapeno? Inedible. The only thing edible were the onions, and they were barely even grilled.

Rice arrived luke warm instead of piping hot signifying general inattention to detail in their food preparation.

The big issue with this restaurant is that its completely overpriced for its very middling food.

The actual prices are 30% higher than reflected on Opentable and on the restaurant's own website. Restaurant staff explained that prices were raised due to Covid.

Excuse me but its not my problem that the restaurant lost money bc of Covid. Most people in America didnt get a 30% pay raise during Covid, so why it is assumed that I and other average New Yorkers can and should absorb their losses with higher prices? I find this mentality to be highly annoying and tone deaf.

$38 for 4 small, thin lamb chops is insane. That dish should cost $28. There should be 6 thick chops if they are going to charge $38.

Let this restaurant go bankrupt and close. Then a real restaurateur can buy/lease the space for pennies on the dollar and actually have money to spend on decent portion sizes or not be required to over charge by 30%.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good food! place was a bit too cluttered for me. The wooden chairs are terrible. Every restaurant should prepare for rain so anyone sitting by the open area don’t get splashed. Dessert was great! Really liked the seasoned fries. Staff was somewhat attentive but I chalk it up to adjusting to outside dinning.

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LESgal
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Because of COVID, we were sitting outside on the street/under the tent, but our table was at the edge of the tent and water kept falling onto our table from the tent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience3

Service was terrible and the food wasn’t the best either

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, but overpriced for Mediterranean cuisine. A friend and I split the vegetarian sampler, the falafel was great, but the I didn’t care for the string beans (too oily) and the cheese was very salty. The service was slow, but that’s because there was only one guy running the place, due to the pandemic, I’m sure. Still, I enjoyed my brunch, and I’d go back for the falafel.

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vipbooo
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Noise level is due to outdoor dining.

Great food, but despite our reservation they made us wait 20 minutes for a table. The same amount of time as walk-ins. What’s the point of a reservation? Also, service was overwhelmed by the crowd and it took another 20 minutes to get a drink. There are like 25000 out of work service employees right now. Hire a couple of them!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Terrible service. Took 2 hours to get food. I had to walk inside to ask for more water even though I asked twice already at the table.

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vipbooo
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was outside during the pandemic, so can’t talk about noise. But it’s quiet now!

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vipNickyP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Possibly the worst service ever. I made reservations and we get there and they have nothing for us, and asked if we would be okay sitting inside by the open window. They overbooked then selves for business but weren't able to manage all the customers. We didn't get some water for 40 minutes. Just terrible service all around, had an attitude and they were getting annoyed we asked to place an order. So disappointed

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VanessaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

For COVID dining, they have a nice outdoor seating section set up in a fenced off parking space, but unfortunately, even with reservations, we were seated separately from that, on the actual sidewalk, in front of the closed bodega next door with constant pedestrians walking by who practically on top of us, and a pile of used mattresses a few feet away. It did not feel very safe or inviting, all things considered.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience! Staff was friendly. Food was very good. I would consider this restaurant as the most authentic Lebanese one so far in NYC.

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MeredithS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Delicious food, gracious staff and fun crowd. Putting on the faves list.

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Blackhat
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Used to be a much better value. Food was okay but unfortunately also downgraded (while prices upgraded)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was very good. Dinner for two was only about $90, including tip(4 small shared plates, 2 desserts and coffee). Service was lacking (we were often left for stretches of time without being checked on), although they were polite. Ashta (homemade Lebanese) I’ve cream was awesome. We would definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday/Baby Gender reveal

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible, authentic, and very affordable

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We had to wait for like 15 mins in spite of getting there on time for our reservation. They had enough empty tables but our guess was that they didn't let us sit because those were 4 seater tables and we were just 2. Making us wait for a 2 seat table to clear up so that they can seat their "yet to come" 4 guest group doesn't seem fair. Now to food we ordered all vegetarian dishes (3 small plates, 1 pizza). Food in general was okay to taste. I felt it to be a little bland to taste. One positive thing is their falafel was tasty. Service was just okay and they seemed to rush everything even before we finish eating from our small plates. Overall just an okay place.

FAQs

Balade does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and 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 791 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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