A laid back Lebanese eatery that gets Stang's stamp of approval. The service is good, people are friendly, and you can eat your face off for about twenty bucks a person.
Delicious dinner with friends! Everything was well prepared and served quickly! My second visit in 3 months, will be going again. Authentic and tasty Lebanese / Mediterrainian food!
This was my first time dining at Ballade and I must say that I was terribly disappointed....and wondering how they managed to get all those "awards", high ratings and attention (hmmm???). And while the service was attentive and their humous and fresh baked mini-pitas were fine, it was downhill after that! The thin, cold and tasteless whole wheat pita slices left much to be desired; the Fatoush salad was awful...wilted lettuce, bitter, unpleasant dressing, no or few cucumbers and tomatoes in sight - I wound up sending it back. Their Fatayir Triangular Style, Stuffed with Chopped Spinach and Feta Cheese had an overdone, very thick, hard pastry shell, and was not very appetizing in any case. I stopped after that!
My friend, on the other hand, enjoyed her meal, so perhaps I did not make the best choices..and might be willing to give them another try...but that said, the "coup de grace", was the feeling of being given the bums rush, with the table being cleared as you finished each last bite, even though there appeared to be no one waiting for a table.
Great and authentic food and wonderful service. Will be back!!! :-)
Best Lebanese food I’ve ever had.
This Lebonese restaurant had been recommended to us by a guy from Lebanon. He thought this restaurant had the best food and boy was he right.
I ordered a glass of Lebonese red wine and was pleasantly surprised to get a very very large glass unlike many restaurants who give you a minuscule amount. I wanted two mezzes: mashed egg plant and sautéed shrimp. They were both delicious. My friends ordered lamb kebab with chared vegetables and rice and both friends raved about the meal. I will get that next time. I ended the meal with Lebonese coffee and here again there was quite a bit given. It was delicious and very generous.
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
Really great Lebanese food! Everything tasted very fresh and flavorful. They have good vegan options too!
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!!
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).
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.
Authentic Excellent Lebanese food. And the deserts are to die for.
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.
The best brunch in NYC! Hommus is to die for.
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.
Delicious food. Tried many dishes and each one was more interesting than the last.
Everything was delicious. We had a lamb kabob platter and a Schwarma Platter as well as an order of pickled vegetables.
Excellent food. Service was nice and attentive. Place small though so hard for big parties. We were 6 and very cozy.
Traditional Lebanese food, exquisitely prepared and presented. A real find in an unexpected spot.
Great neighborhood spot, food is always good, service is friendly.
Delicious food, friendly service and a cosy atmosphere.
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.
Excellent food and service
Staff was very attentive
Good was as authentic as I’ve seen
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.
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.
I order from here at least twice a month. Love Balade. Fresh food. Best Hummus. Friendly staff.
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!
Great food, atmosphere, and exceptional service.
Everything was delicious and the service was fantastic. It was difficult to hear in the restaurant.
Great service, great food, great company
We have been to Balade several times and always excellent food. Highly recommend !
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!
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!
Amazing Lebanese food and great service. Great vegetarian option.
food is just ok, hummus - nothing to rave about. Not impressed with lebanese beer. Very loud. will not go back
EXQUISITE!! And excellent service 👌🏾
Average food. Good for humus, etc. That's about it.
great restaurant with very good food! perfect for a gathering with friends at a night out in the city
Great food, great service, great experience. Highly recommend
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.