Balzem

4.6
373 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Balzem is where you begin a tour of the northern Mediterranean coastline. From the celebrated culinary culture of Provence in Southern France to some of Italy's most elegant and refined cuisines such as in Campania, and reaching all the way to the light and carrying flavors of the Aegean coastline. Complete your journey with a selection of wine or beer from these cultural regions and other celebrated vineyards around the globe.
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4.4
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4.5
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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supergirl177
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was sooooo good!
And can’t recommend the chili-tequila cocktail enough 😋

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JaneW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, accommodating staff; fresh, tasty food; charming ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reminded me of one of my favorite Mediterranean spots from college with the steady music beats and super good clean food. Would recommend to anyone in the area! Will come back with more people next time 😬

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MaliaS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just lovely they always friendly & lovely & I love the food in Balzem😋

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The music was extremely loud. I asked them to turn it down twice. The first time they turned it down a tiny bit. The second time they said they couldn’t turn it down. I tried to explain I was hearing impaired and they just told me we could go sit outside (it was pouring rain). I would not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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Nycfoodie96
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and ambiance. Highly recommended!

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LeanneC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a small intimate restaurant. I enjoyed the food and the decor. I would definitely go back.

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CristinaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Balzem and are so happy to eat inside again! I just wish the music was a bit less loud - last night it was a bit noisy and made conversation more difficult. If that were fixed, it would be perfect!

JD
JenniferD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went there for brunch - the food is a little overpriced for the amount you receive but it was tasty. Drinks were OK.

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AlliR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, phenomenal service and awesome vibe.

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IshaV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

The service was good and the ambience was lovely. The food was not exactly the best, not greatly seasoned and when we asked to get it packed, the waiter just took it away and didn’t bring anything back.

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vipfinefoodie
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very tasty cuisine from an excellent kitchen. Great staff, personable and informed. Well worth the visit.

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vipdiner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most incredible night at Balzem. Everything from the food to the service to the ambience was outstanding. We met old friends there so were planning to be there for a while. When we left we realized we had been there for over four hours. The drinks were flowing and the food kept coming. We sat in the outside area but it looked like anywhere you sat would be great. The guys who work there are super cool and nice and were great with offering suggestions of various drinks. This was a lucky pick off of the map and I am so grateful that we went with it. We hope to be back!!

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vipJanineC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and professional staff! The food was great, and the service wonderful.

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JasmineH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing time. The food and the service was great. It was a beautiful Saturday night and I really enjoyed my time there. Will definitely come back.

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vipMikeT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, nice ambiance, great location, highly recommended!

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Mimi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vibe was great (outdoor tables). Service was great. Didn't love the QR code drinks menu (hopefully that's temporary), but everything else was fantastic. Perfect fancy but not too fancy vibe, prices affordable but for a menu more considered & elevated than most at these prices.

Mushroom pizza AMAZING. Sautéed spinach — who knew it could be so good? Potatoes au gratin — divine. Left a 30% tip & definitely coming back, merci everyone!

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ShanekaY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. The staff is really friendly, the food is fresh and the ambiance is great. You can sit and eat and talk and actually hear yourself and your date or friends without having to shout. It’s a nice vibe. Calm but not boring. The food is also amazing! Nice, flavorful and fresh.

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Britt
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Pretty poor experience...I've been here before because I loved the ambience at night and had no issues with the food. My experience this time:
1. They called to confirm my res and guaranteed me the table I wanted, when I showed up, they had just seated someone there and said they don't guarantee tables as a policy
2. Had a 1:30 res, showed up 15 early, was totally fine to wait but there was two tables outside they could've pushed together right away. Instead, made us wait 20 15 mins PAST the reservations because they wanted to wait until this two top left to push those two tables together....not sure why this was necessary!?
3. Ordered babaganoush as app. It was a TINY portion with a few sad pieces of pita. tasted fine.
3. Ordered the burger. Side options were fries OR side salad. I asked for fries but got it with both salad and only like 10 fries. I ordered the burger medium rare. the patty came out well done but it also tasted like freezer burn. It was NOT fresh meat and the color was gray. It's something you would get in a elementary school cafeteria.
4. service was attentive but seems like waiters didnt have dedicated tables so it was like we had 3 rotating servers which made it slightly awkward.

Overall was disappointed and will not be coming back anytime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome spot - great service, great food, great energy. 🙏

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DavidM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Always loved Balzem but was really disappointed this time around. We called the restaurant telling them we'd be 10 minutes late for a reservation and as soon as we got there we were basically told we'd be kicked out in 2 hours. It was aggressive and quite rude especially since we spent 500 on mediocre food. When I asked for bread to pair with my burrata I was given literally two hard small pieces of crostini. My wine wasn't filled once and the restaurant was way too cold. Probably sadly will not be going back.

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AngeloA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The food was bland and the drinks weren't well made. The place was expensive but the service was good. Definitely not coming back.

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vipalabode
Wilmington
20 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Booked a table for outside during happy hour, which is a great value with $8 wine selection and $6 tapas (spreads with pita). Easy place to hang for an hour and chat. All the servers were careful with masks and there was hand sanitizer spray left at the table for customer use. The whole place was open-air with plenty of outdoor seating on the street, covered but not all the way enclosed, some sidewalk tables, and interior tables set up by the full width windows. I super recommend the spicy feta spread--scrumptious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The experience was ok I loved the food but the wait was really, really long I waited over 45 min for my appetizer and another hour for my food. The quantity of the food is too small I wish they served more of this delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

I am bitterly and utterly disappointed in this place. Having read the rave reviews about the food I was excited. Yet the dishes (tapas and meze) are REALLY expensive but small tiny portions and not tasty at all. Octopus salad was so so but very small portion. Turkish beef dumplings had no beef only dough. An embarrassing dish. Italian meatballs were tasty with pine nuts but the tomato sauce was watery and sugary. The spicy feta dip had zero flavor. We had to ask for hot sauce that’s how taste less the food was. And it was expensive for the tiny portions. Their covid measures are decent. They have outdoor plastic curtained tents with heaters. Separation from next table however is just by flimsy plastic curtains that flap around a lot and there is no privacy. Sanitizer provided on table. Service OK. But I don’t get people raving about the foodin prior reviews. Tasteless. Tiny. Expensive. No Greek or Turkish flavor to it. Embarrassed to bring my friend here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant!!! Recommend highly!!

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Claudia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Didn’t really understand the ambience—not very Mediterranean. A dream catcher and exposed brick? Eclectic English music? The food was pretty bland and dry. The waiter couldn’t have been more eager to get us moving on out of there. Way too overpriced for what you get.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

They rush you out of restaurant horrible

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall, I found the staff to be unfriendly. The food was mediocre and overpriced in my opinion. I probably wouldn’t go here again and I wouldn’t recommend Balzem.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Nice venue, staff was in a hurry to get in other reservations and rushed us out.

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NavpreetK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The dips that we got as starters were awesome! Nice spot!

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AliArt
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I wish I knew about this restaurant pre-COVID country. My first time visiting was this past weekend, during one of the coldest weekends of the season thus far, and they still managed to provide really great service! They invested in their outdoor dining cabins (more than the average restaurant has) and it shows. They've implemented powerful heaters, and plastic carwash strips in the doorway to try their best to help keep the wind at bay. My party tried to enjoy the time out as best we could, but after about an hour our legs/feet were really cold - nothing to do about that, though, just good information to be aware of. Layer up on the bottom!

Food, was really good - I'm sure even better enjoyed in a cozy interior - but, given the extreme conditions grace is definitely given. We all enjoyed all of the mezzes and entrees we ordered. Highlight was the bartender - My friends and I ordered the La Flèche & 4/ea later, we were ready to order another round, but COVID time restrictions :-( Sharing is caring. I would definitely return if I feel the urge to get out of the house and enjoy some great food with decent staff and atmosphere.

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DougTop
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyed it. Food was really delicious and well-plated. I feel it was a very good value. Staff was super cheerful. Eating outside in the winter s*cks but their structure is well made, nicely decorated and spotless. Heaters at every table helped alot but after an hour or so our legs were kinda frozen. Hard to do anything about that (wear layers!)

Will def be back. Glad to have found this place with such an interesting menu and tasty food that is well presented by a caring staff.

I would have given more stars I'm sure but with COVID limitations that's a very high bar (impossible probably) to meet.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful and knowledgeable about celiac! Lovely experience and felt safe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a good place! The food (hummus, manti, zucchini pancakes, and meatballs) was absolutely excellent, the berry chocolate dessert was phenomenal, and the service was excellent. I can’t wait to come back!

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vipusualgrace
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great pandemic lunch place- Eating delicious food outdoors. There’s something on the menu for everyone.

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JoshuaS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great date atmosphere, super friendly / on-point staff
Loved it
Good fof too

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DemetraP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here twice now, once pre-covid and again recently. The service and ambience is wonderful. The food is all delicious. Looking forward to coming back!

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VictoriaV
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love eating here! Food never disappoints! 👍🏾

FAQs

Balzem does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Balzem also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (646) 837-7033.

Balzem is rated 4.6 stars by 373 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.