Balade

4.6
686 reviews
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$30 and under
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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

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

A laid back Lebanese eatery that gets Stang's stamp of approval. The service is good, people are friendly, and you can eat your face off for about twenty bucks a person.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

love this place, great food and pretty good service. we were a large party and they did a good job with us.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is super tiny but the food is the closest to what my childhood food . Definitely i’d come again, the waiters are nice, the food is placed in big display plates which the table cannot handle😅 a go too when i miss home

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1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time coming to Balade and the food was superb. The prices were reasonable for a city restaurant! The food portions were just enough, not too little not too much!

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AH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for dinner with my mom. We ordered hummus, falafel, tabbouleh and stuffed grape leaves. Everything was delicious. Great food and service.

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RE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the city; highly recommend it!

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Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We selected this based on the reviews, our love of Lebanese cuisine and being in the neighborhood. It didn’t disappoint. We reserved on Open table and were served just after our reservation. Would recommend using Open Table to get in at a timely manner there was a line on Saturday night.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good. Service was terrible. So loud I couldn’t hear.

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We were the only table there for lunch. I'll first explain that our party of 4 adults and 1 child was minorly discombobulated in that 2 joined a few minutes late and one had to leave early. But the server never "officially" came to take our order. We had to essentially flag her down and/or awkwardly call after her. We never saw a drink menu. I just settled for the water on the table instead of asking halfway through the meal for a glass of wine. We intended to order some additional dishes, but no one ever came to check on us. Never got the second order of hummus, and I forgot to check if we were charged for it or not. MAYBE this service would be understandable (though not acceptable) if it had been packed, but we were the only table! Food we had was tastly, but overall experience disappointing.

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NY
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Knew nothing of Balade just found it on Open Table--what a WONDERFUL surprise.
Very fresh; well cooked you will not be disappointed!!!
Fantastic find & restaurant! Staff very friendly.

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SH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The staff at Balade couldn't have been more helpful. I wish though that they had the windows open before the end of our meal as the weather was beautiful. Lovely place, delicious food. Thank you Balade

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j
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

food was exquisite, everything delicious and fresh and service was graceful and attentive

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HS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, lovely atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff, and perfectly clean place.
Can highly highly recommend.

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WD
Berlin
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Delicious food and very kind and prompt service. My fourth time going and my wife and I are always impressed by the food.

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w
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent traditional Lebanese food. Fresh and flavourful. Can accommodate vegetarians as well as meat eaters. The staff was friendly, attentive and efficient

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AS
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally amazing! Great service! Great food! The lamb kebab! Everything was so Good!

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AS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I brought a friend and met my brother there on Wednesday. It was not our first time, and certainly won't be the last. The food is exceptional. I lived in the Middle East for almost 3 years. Balade's food is at least as good, and in most cases, better than the best we've had in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait and Syria. My favorites are the Sfiha, spiced ground meat in pastry, and chicken shawarma. The menu is online. The staff treat you like family. If you've never eaten at a Lebanese restaurant, choose Balade. If you've eaten at many Lebanese restaurants, try Balade. It's simply the best.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Place was packed when we got there. Arrived Saturday night at 8:10 for an 8:15 reservation and had to wait another 20+ minutes or so to be seated. Not a huge deal, but to be noted. Ran out of tables so we were seated at a shared table, again not a huge deal to me, just keep it in mind. Thankfully the food more than made up for it. Nearly everything we ordered was out of this world except for the French fries on the mixed grill were soggy.

I’d go back in a heartbeat on a weeknight but might think twice about a prime time Saturday night slot.

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N
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and great food. Small space. Definitely coming back and would recommend it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Fun birthday! Service seemed slow and waiters kept bringing over the orders from a different table at first. But they bring out a dessert and play great music for your bday!

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EE
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This place is awesome. We tried 4 mezze dishes to taste a variety of dishes, and each was a standout dish. I would recommend coming with an open mind, and try something unexpected and new. The dishes are well portioned to share between 2-3 people (depending on what you order). Service was also very good and friendly. Definitely coming back to try some additional dishes.

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NM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and fairly inexpensive given how great the quality of the food was! The service was great and our waiter(s) were very attentive without being overbearing and offered great recommendations on different foods to try. Highly recommend them!

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F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Extensive menu with reasonable prices.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got a bunch of small plates and beers, and shared and loved every second of being in this place!

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YS
Frankfurt Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

My hudband suffered the whole night from that food.
Even though the food looked fairly fresh, the preparation was less then mediocre. Sorry, won‘t recommend!

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HF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The restaurant is small and a bit noisy but the food is excellent!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff, great bday celebration.

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RA
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is my wife’s favorite restaurant and is always a big win when bringing people from out of town.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We booked for 7:30 on a Saturday night but our train was late and our hotel had messed up our reservation. I called to alert the restaurant that we’d be delayed until 7:45. Traffic was a nightmare and we arrived about 7:55 to a very warm welcome and our table waiting despite the big crowd. Service was great and really fast. We ate a variety of mezze and thoroughly enjoyed everything! In fact i told my family how much i loved the food and the next day my daughter drove into the city and insisted we have lunch at Balade. So basically i ate here twice in less than 24 hours.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balade is by far our favorite restaurant in the city, and we always enjoy our time there. This past Sunday was no different except for the fact that we were a party of 11. Everyone enjoyed the food and which there was plenty of, and the service couldn’t have been better. The prices are also very reasonable especially for the quality of food being served.

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience there! A friendly worker there (waiter? worker? owner? not sure) made a delicious recommendation. He was also very passionate about teaching us about many things of how the food is prepared!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday was great.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food at Balade appears to have declined from the last time I ate there just a few months ago. It was still pretty good, just not as great as I remember it being, and no longer good enough to justify the price. Maybe it was just an off night, but I was disappointed.

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LG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balade is a wonderful restaurant. The service is welcoming and professional, the food is scrumptious, and the wine is perfect.

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. I ordered the Balade Lamb Chops and it was cooked to perfection. The Sfiha (Squares of Pastry Filled with Traditional combination of meats) was perfect.
In general, all food was very flavorful. This is one of my favorite places.

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GH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing place for Arabic food, I went there in valentines and I was surprised how cozy this restaurant is! Excellent customer service and amazing food.

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DM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!!

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent establishment! Great food good vibes. Will gladly return.

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PG
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Solid. Nice waitress, good service. Will go againwhen in the neighborhood butnitvwirth a special trip.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We waited over an hour for the main course to come, but it was great once it arrived. The table next to us was also very loud, and it was just 2 women from NYU ( I know they wouldn't stop screaming the entire time about their lives). Would definitely just get take out next time.

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