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Balade

4.4
552 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner: Daily: Sunday till Thursday 11:30am - 11:00pm

Lunch and Dinner: Daily: Friday & Saturday 11:30am - 1:00am

Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 529-6868
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Micheline Wakim
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Catering
For all your inquiries, Please email us at Catering@baladerestaurants.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 12th and 13th Streets
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Parking details
Parking Lot: 11th Street Between 1st & 2nd Avenue
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Public transit
4,6, L, N,Q 5, R to Union Square

L train to 1st Avenue
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Entertainment
Live Music: Oud with Violinist every thursday night!

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Special events & promotions
For all your inquiries, Please email us at Specialevents@baladenyc.com
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 552 People Are Saying
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excellent (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Balade serves excellent Lebanese food. The mezzes were fantastic. The fattoush salad was underwhelming, and I wouldnt order that again, as were the grape leaves. Nice ambiance, good friendly service

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KatieA 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Really great Lebanese food! Everything tasted very fresh and flavorful. They have good vegan options too!

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vipsueb (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food! A real discovery in the midst of a massive number of restaurants in the East Village. Wish they had one on the Upper West Side!!

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SoniaJ 
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

The food here is excellent! I lived in Lebanon and have traveled throughout the Middle East and honestly the food is comparable to excellent food in Lebanon. The quality for the price is fair and it's a great place to go to eat family style! Their hummus and baba ganoush are excellent. We also got their mixed grill. The meat was fresh and delicious. I would also recommend their batata hara (spiced potatoes).

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IlaA (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

we liked the food very much and the service was very friendly..
the only thing that was somewhat disturbing is that the Toilette is not lockable. Kind of weird!
Other than that a good experience.

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ChristianT (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Authentic Excellent Lebanese food. And the deserts are to die for.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Bartender was rude and refused to seat us in an area with ample room to even open our silver ware setting. 2 other couples who came after us noticed the lack of space and were upset with the seating arrangement and were granted a move both times. The manager Yusef came out and noticed our uncomfortable seating arrangement, promptly moved us and was AN AMAZING host to us and everyone else. He is genuine and kind, and will be the reason why we will continue to dine here. The food was amazing, waitresses were great.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The best brunch in NYC! Hommus is to die for.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Service staff seemed impatient. We were celebrating a special occasion and we felt rushed. Our total dining experience was over in 40 minutes . This is not the place to go if you want a romantic or quiet experience.

Food was good but could have been served warmer. We sat by the front door so it was a bit cramped and cold from people entering and exiting the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious food. Tried many dishes and each one was more interesting than the last.

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Leffertsmom (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Everything was delicious. We had a lamb kabob platter and a Schwarma Platter as well as an order of pickled vegetables.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent food. Service was nice and attentive. Place small though so hard for big parties. We were 6 and very cozy.

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vipJJ1660 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Traditional Lebanese food, exquisitely prepared and presented. A real find in an unexpected spot.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Great neighborhood spot, food is always good, service is friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Caribbean)
4.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Incredible place.

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