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Date
Wed, 4/25
Time
11:00 PM
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Balade

4.4
570 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Perfect For:
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  • Good for Birthdays
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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 570 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.1
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Everything was delicious and the service was fantastic. It was difficult to hear in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Great service, great food, great company

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

We have been to Balade several times and always excellent food. Highly recommend !

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

I booked this place for a brunch of 9 people. The food was very flavorful and the service was excellent. I definitely want to come here again!

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

The food was great. The service is excellent. Plenty of options on the menu. Price is very good compared to other restaurants. The manager offered us desert!

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2017

Amazing Lebanese food and great service. Great vegetarian option.

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3.0Dined on November 3, 2017

food is just ok, hummus - nothing to rave about. Not impressed with lebanese beer. Very loud. will not go back

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

EXQUISITE!! And excellent service 👌🏾

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2.0Dined on October 31, 2017

Average food. Good for humus, etc. That's about it.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

great restaurant with very good food! perfect for a gathering with friends at a night out in the city

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food, great service, great experience. Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food, service and vibe. Busy and loud, but that doesn’t matter because you are to busy enjoying the food and wonderful wine list.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

6 of us went out for a friend’s birthday on a Friday. The service was great. The staff were attentive to our needs. Great food and reasonably priced. We shared the mezze supreme and grilled platters and there was plenty of food. I would go back and try more dishes.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2017

Our group from work had a vegetarian who knew Mediterranean cuisine so we chose Balade which was so close to our work. We were so lucky!! We ordered small plates and loved everything our colleague ordered. Also liked the prosecco. Sparkling water was no extra charge yay! The staff was very attentive and described items if we weren't sure if.
One disappointment is we love cocktails like vodka which balade does not have. Just wine, beer and wine cocktails. Ok that's not bad.
Loved the food !

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was so delicious! Each dish was cooked with care the way a mom cooks for her children! And Ahmad, the server, was very attentive! We had a great time! And my sister, who was visiting NY, is planning to go again soon with her friends!

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Authentic Lebanese cuisine served by friendly staff in a cozy restaurant.

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4.0Dined on September 22, 2017

I really don't like when customers aren't greeted by a hostess. We waited for 10 min before we were greeted, and another 7 or so until we were seated. Once seated, things moved fast. We got attention from our waiters quickly, and they accommodated all our requests perfectly. They were friendly too. Food was delicious and such comfort food if you know what to order. I'd come back for sure.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Amazing as usual , food is delicious

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2.0Dined on September 16, 2017

The food at Balade was mediocre (although the lamb chops were delicious) and the service was absolutely horrible. To start, our party of 3 was seated at a table for 2 when we asked to move to a larger table we were told it was only for parties of 4, however a few minutes later a table of 3 was seated there. Our experience with the waiters was not any better, we repeatedly had to ask for them to clear our plates during our meal and were practically ignored by the staff. The cherry on top was when we were all but kicked out of the restaurant and asked to leave because another party had this table reserved. I make a point not to linger in busy restaurants but it is incredibly rude and ungrateful to be asked to leave as you are writing out the tip on your bill. I would never come back to this restaurant the service was appalling.

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3.0Dined on September 13, 2017

Most delicious hummus and tabooleh. The background music was really nice.

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2017

Always very kind service, food is solidly good. Been there many times and never disappointed.

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1.0Dined on September 8, 2017

We made a reservation for 8:45 PM but were still not seated by 9:10, 25 minutes after the reservation, despite constantly being reassured that a table would open up "in a few minutes." As such we decided not to keep waiting. If you're gonna overbook with online reservations at least keep any delays to a minimum.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

What a find! Excellent, fresh food; friendly, helpful service; well priced!

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2017

An authentic Lebanese healthy and fresh eatery

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

Loved it! All three of us found this to be a great little place! We will be back many times! Best falafal we every had!!! Had the mixed grill - great! Dessert the best! Nice Lebanese red wine!!!

Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Truly authentic Lebanese food. Every dish is delicious. We keep coming back.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

The baba ghanouj and grape leaves are must haves!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Our favorite Lebanese restaurant in NYC. Always delicious, fresh, and accommodating. The sfiha, fatayir with spinach and feta, mouhmara (spicy) are amazing small plates (along with their incredible humus and pita breads). The mezze platters are a great way to share and ALL of the entrees (meat and veggie) are great. We have never been disappointed with ANY dish we have ordered.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

First time at Balade for a date, and it was perfect! The food and customer service were just a small taste of the perfection. I've been looking forward to trying Mediterranean food for the longest, and I am thrilled that I chose Balade for my first experience. The ambiance was amazing -- we walked out of the restaurant forgetting that we were in New York City. I've already told a few friends about it, and I will continue to do so. I will be going back!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Terrific restaurant. The food was delicious, the prices very fair and the service was terrific

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

This is one of my favorite places in New York. As someone who grew up with their mother and grandmother's Lebanese cooking, I'm usually a harsh critic of Lebanese restaurants. But Balade has some of the most delicious, authentic Lebanese food I've ever had outside of Lebanon. The atmosphere is great, and the service is excellent. The waitstaff is always extremely attentive and always makes you feel at home. This restaurant is truly one of NY's best.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

Balade was picked as our last dinner during our vacation to NYC. The food service and overall value was excellent

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Warm atmosphere and delicious food. Pita bread is pillowy and fresh.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

I can't wait to come back and try different dishes and drinks.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Two of the members of our party were running 25 minutes late, but they didn't mind and sat us anyway. The food was excellent and not that expensive. We had a number of dietary restrictions and health conscious people but we all got something we were able to enjoy. Great night overall.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2017

Great food, big portions for a reasonable orice and the best muhammara in the city. Nice staff and overall great experience

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Excellent appetizers, mains and desserts are good too. Very loud, since it is too many tables in a narrow space. Service is okay but they are struggling to keep up with all tables.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2017

Fine Mediterranean cuisine, all the mezze were excellent, my wife enjoyed her lamb chops (I'm a veggie), terrific french fries (not an after thought), and a very fun group of waiters.

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2017

While Balade is highly rated, we were disappointed. The food was just passable and the service confused. I would not return.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2017

Love the food !! Authentic

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