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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
New York, NY 10009
Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern
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
Between 12th and 13th Streets
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Music: Oud with Violinist every thursday night!
For all your inquiries, Please email us at Catering@baladerestaurants.com
Parking Lot: 11th Street Between 1st & 2nd Avenue
4,6, L, N,Q 5, R to Union Square
L train to 1st Avenue
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For all your inquiries, Please email us at Specialevents@baladenyc.com
Balade Ratings and Reviews
A friend and I were going to a play in a nearby theater. We needed a place to eat, and I literally googled the phrase 'restaurants near 14th Street and First Avenue.' Middle Eastern Food is usually a safe bet, when you're taking a chance so I made an online reservation. About an hour after doing that, someone from the restaurant called me to confirm (which impressed me). But nothing prepared me for how delicious the food there is. The freshness of the ingredients, the original combinations of flavors, the presentation ... Just go there and try it. It's extraordinary.
We arranged a table for 8 on a Saturday night with only 24 hours notice, which usually means average food in the East Village. This place was surprisingly good though - everything was very moreish and tasty and had a good sense of authenticity about it from the dips and breads to the salads and grilled meats. Very good place if you like Lebanese/Turkish/Greek food combos!
We came for the food and music, yet you had to sit on top of the musicians to hear them (noise level). A reasonable cheese appetizer and two poor entrees: 1-a fish filet of, perhaps, 1 1/2 ounces on a small salad plate (for we recall $25), too small even for an appetizer; 2-quail, overcooked and bitter (very, very tart sauce, and this is someone who loves lemon). Very over-priced for a low-end Middle-Eastern restaurant. For us, quite disappointing except for the service; the servers tried to be accommodating.
We had a prix fixe meal here on Valentine's Day so can't comment on their regular menu. We found the service very friendly and attentive and all the servers were so...nice! The main courses were pretty solid-a little better than okay-but the appetizers were excellent (hot and cold mezzes) and would go again just for that. Their house Lebanese wines were decent but can't comment on their selection as the house wine came with the meal.
The title is pretty self explanatory. We made a reservation and waited a while before someone even asked our name or if we needed a table. We saw our waiter twice throughout our meal, once to order once to drop off the check. Fortunately, all 5 of us ordered wine, salads, and maybe 10 small plates and though all we very good.
This was my first foray into Lebanese food, I am very familiar with other Eastern Mediterranean cuisine so I though it was worth a try. The food and service was excellent, we will definitely be back. We had a relatively new waiter and he was attentive and very helpful.
We did the 5-course chef's selection. We were told by the server that we'd get small portions, he was right. Presentation and taste were great, nice wine list. Loud, but the place was full, but that dings the ambience and noise. Great wait staff, very attentive and knowledgable. You'll enjoy.
Warm and intimate and great for sharing! It's a small space so it's weird that I think it's good for groups, but you can usually get a large reservation without that much lead time and then order tons for the table to share, and I just love that atmosphere of a bunch of friends enjoying great plates of hummus and meats and such! Definitely a great inexpensive place to take friends from out of town for a different cuisine/experience!
It was a stroke of luck to come across Balade through OpenTable, the ambience was casually elegant and romantic but great for groups as well. Service was excellent. We were a group of 9. We had a variety of small plates - mezze sampler,plus chicken wings, amazing little sausages and other dishes recommended by our very helpful waiter Timothy. We were not sure what to expect with Lebanese food and were pleasantly surprised at how flavorful the choices were. The delicious food was overflowing and the bill was just under $300, including 2 bottles of wine, dessert, and 18% gratuity. We dined at around 7 pm, not noisy at all.
I love Middle Eastern Food. This restaurant's menu is fantastic. Everyone in my group of 4 ordered either lamb or chicken kabobs. In retrospect we should have said, to cook the lamb medium rare. Both the lamb and chicken were "a bit overdone. HOWEVER, I would try this restaurant again. That is how great there menu is. There is so much for us to try. The apps were all right on!
This was amazing Lebanese food with large portions and good wine/beer. I purchased an Amazon Local deal, and will definitely be back. If you are looking for great Middle Eastern food in a quiet and warm environment, this is your place. I highly recommend Balade!
The food was very delicious. I especially lived the fava bean and the labneh appetizers. The pita bread served with the mezze was a bit week. The waitress was a bit overworked on New Year's Eve; however, I also found her knowledge about the menu and the short wine list to be rather poor. We did receive everything we ordered and we were not rushed. I will definitely go back to try more of the menu. I'll probably return on a less busy evening.
My girlfriend and I went on Christmas night after booking a couple days before. Everything was excellent, the food was absolutely perfect. Only down side was the hoards of people trying to get a table with no booking, which sort of cramped us as we were at a table right at the front of the restaurant. The servers were understandably a bit pushed and very busy, but they were doing their best.
On a not so busy night, this place would be 5 stars all round.
I came here with 2 other friends to enjoy dinner on a Saturday night. The hummus was excellent and I would definitely order it again. I shared a couple of meat dishes with my non vegetarian friend.... the lamb kebab was ok. It was rather dry and a bit overcooked unfortunately. The spiced beef sausage was good, but nothing mind blowing. The grilled shrimp were quite good though. My vegetarian friend ordered a couple of dishes and was very happy with hers. The Malbec they serve is excellent and the staff was wonderful. The service was friendly and very on point. The ambiance is also nice with enough vibrance to have fun but quiet enough to be able to have a conversation. The food wasn't amazing, but I would still come back.
The restaurant was just okay. For a restaurant in the city, I was disappointed. I had the lamb dish and the lamb was over cooked, was a bit burnt even. It didn't have much flavor and the rice was blah. The halal cart food for $5 I thought is better than the dish I had at Balade. The middle eastern restaurant in Queens is way better than this restaurant. It wasn't worth the money and the trip all the way to the city. I wouldn't go back to this restaurant. The only good thing was the service, out waitress was friendly and attentive.
Took a while to get food. The food was good, though not the best Middle Eastern food I have ever had. The ambience at night is very romantic. The mezzes (small plates) make it a good pick for going out with a group of friends who are comfortable with sharing.
The best choice from a list of proposed restaurants by Google, for my special hunny. His birthday dinner turned out very special and extremely delicious! What a gem! Amazing service! Super affordable! Great decor! Very relaxing authentic music. I fell in love with this place!
Ballade is one of my absolute favorite restaurants! The food is exceptional good and the people who work there are incredibly nice and helpful and prompt. I cannot say enough about the food: the hummus is light and fluffy, the toum (garlic paste that you put on meat) really adds another dimension of flavor, the meat is juicy and flavorful, the fatoosh salad is my favorite with a refreshing dressing of lemon, olive oil and a variety of spices. And finally, the baklava was so delicious and delicate, not too sweet, just light and flavorful and melts in your mouth. This is my 5th time at the restaurant and it is still as good as the first time. :-)
Thank you Balade!
We didn't enjoy the food. Maybe because I'm Lebanese of origin and used to much better Lebanese/Mediterranean food.
The Taboulleh and the baba ghanoush was not good at all.
The meat on the mixed grilled plate, was very dry.
The oldest server was the best, the other two
were confused and stressed that effected the ambience badly.
I would pick another Lebanese/Mediterranean restaurant, specially if its your first time.
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