Authentic Turkish beef dumplings with yogurt, butter, dry herbs; only for the yogurt lover!
spanish pulpo cooked in red wine sauce, pan seared and served on arugula salad
with arugula and dill
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.
Very tasty cuisine from an excellent kitchen. Great staff, personable and informed. Well worth the visit.
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!!
Very friendly and professional staff! The food was great, and the service wonderful.
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.
Great food, nice ambiance, great location, highly recommended!
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!
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.
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.
Awesome spot - great service, great food, great energy. 🙏
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.
The food was bland and the drinks weren't well made. The place was expensive but the service was good. Definitely not coming back.
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!
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.
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.
Amazing restaurant!!! Recommend highly!!
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.
They rush you out of restaurant horrible
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.
Nice venue, staff was in a hurry to get in other reservations and rushed us out.
The dips that we got as starters were awesome! Nice spot!
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.
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.
Very helpful and knowledgeable about celiac! Lovely experience and felt safe.
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!
This is a great pandemic lunch place- Eating delicious food outdoors. There’s something on the menu for everyone.
Great date atmosphere, super friendly / on-point staff
Good fof too
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!
Always love eating here! Food never disappoints! 👍🏾
Love the ambience, the food and service was excellent. Definitely recommend for a date night.
Love this place. Delicious food with a lot of tempting things on the menu. Really nice service. Has become my Covid outdoor dining favorite. For as long as the sun is still out, it’s a great place to enjoy dining without risk.
The food was sooo good & their espresso martini? Fire. My guest & I had the best time & highly recommend this place! Make sure you get the spicy feta :)
Food is delicious. Very friendly staff and good service
Did not have outdoor seating even though I made a reservation for outdoor dining
Balzem had a great vibe, but the menu was not exactly traditional Mediterranean or gluten-free friendly as we had expected.
Amazing food. And great ambience! The service was very professional and nice. Highly recommend.
Great place with a nice outdoor seating area. Cocktails were amazing, waitstaff was attentive and the food was awesome. Only drawback was the busy roadway- but we are in a pandemic. Would definitely comeback.
This is my favorite place to hang out in NYC
Went with my dad on a Wednesday night.
The food was delicious! We had the baba ghanoush &
hummus for appetizers, they even brought me cucumber slices instead of pita:)! For my meal I had an appetizer it was called ‘Crevette Grille’ defiantly big enough for a meal, very light, fresh, and tasty. My dad has the branzino fillet pan seared and he said it was delicious and a good portion size as well! Definitely recommend:) Great ambience too!
Great place, great food and wjne
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 4.5 stars by 362 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.