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About Balade

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

208 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10009
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Between 12th and 13th Streets

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 529-6868

Website:
http://www.baladerestaurants.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music: Oud with Violinist every thursday night!

Catering:
For all your inquiries, Please email us at Catering@baladerestaurants.com

Parking Details:
Parking Lot: 11th Street Between 1st & 2nd Avenue

Public Transit:
4,6, L, N,Q 5, R to Union Square

L train to 1st Avenue

Executive Chef:
Micheline Wakim

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (17)
Good for Birthdays (10)
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Cozy (9)
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Tapas (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Casual (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Romantic (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Spicy (4)
Vegan (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 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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·Dined 4 days ago

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).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Miami)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Incredible place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Delicious food, friendly service and a cosy atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The service and ambiance were good, as was the food. My only criticism is that there were too many French fries relative to protein on the platter we ordered.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent food and service
Staff was very attentive
Good was as authentic as I’ve seen

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

There are few Lebanese restaurants in NY and this one is worth trying. Very good Lebanese wine (go for the Chateau les Cèdres. Hopefully live music will return on Thursday nights.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

What a bummer. We went for my husband’s birthday dinner and were so looking forward to it. First they put us right by the bathroom. Then we waited a god long while for out apps. It turned out they were the best thing bug we couldn’t really enjoy because the main courses arrived almost immediately afterward. They actually pushed an empty table over to us to accommodate all the plates. The main dishes were underwhelming so the whole experience was a let down. There are too many great options in the City to take a chance again at this place.

Tags: Vegan
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I order from here at least twice a month. Love Balade. Fresh food. Best Hummus. Friendly staff.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was our second visit and it was even better than the last. Party of 4, we ordered the mezzi supreme platter and one lamb kebab plate. The mezzi came out in phases which was perfect. Lamb was beautifully seasoned. The manager took great care of us and even sent out a dessert. Will be back again!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food, atmosphere, and exceptional service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great service, great food, great company

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Amazing Lebanese food and great service. Great vegetarian option.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Healthy, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

EXQUISITE!! And excellent service 👌🏾

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Spicy, Fun, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food, great service, great experience. Highly recommend

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Healthy, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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 !

Tags: Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Spicy, Comfort Food, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Columbus)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual
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