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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.

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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

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (16)
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Neighborhood Gem (9)
Healthy (8)
Cozy (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Fun (7)
Tapas (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Spicy (4)
Vegan (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Romantic (3)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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 4, 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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·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 28, 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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·Dined on October 28, 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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·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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·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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·Dined on September 30, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on September 23, 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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·Dined on September 17, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

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

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on September 9, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

An authentic Lebanese healthy and fresh eatery

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The baba ghanouj and grape leaves are must haves!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 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!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

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

Tags: Vegan, Fun, Cozy, Late-night Find, Casual, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 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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·Dined 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Love the food !! Authentic

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Great food, great experience; the foul meddames and falafel were surprisingly good and tasted like the real deal. One of the servers were a little curt, not rude or mean but less pleasant. Overall great food at a really reasonable price!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Tapas, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Delicious authentic Lebanese food with great service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The lamb was tough - felt like it was in the freezer for the longest time and one of our servers was excellent and the other was not too attentive so had to give a 4-Star rating

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

The food and service were excellent.
The owner/manager? recommended Lebanese wine and it was delicious. I was able to sample three wines before ordering. It was a nice touch.
Waiter came to our table at least twice to ask if everything was alright and about the food. Nicely done.
I would definitively recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

There are few Lebanese restaurants and this one is authentic and outstanding. There is a good selection of top quality Lebanese wines. If you go Thursday early evening there is live Lebanese music much appreciated by the diverse clientele.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Bar Seating, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

One of the best and one of my favorite restaurants in Manhattan !

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Vegan, Hot Spot, Authentic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Organic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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