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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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 !
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.
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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