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Banc Cafe

4.6
230 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Neighborhood Gem
A neighborhood bar restaurant occupying the space of a 1920’s bank. The décor is inspired by nineteenth century Parisian establishments. Terra Cotta textured walls, dimly lit chandelier’s, copper table tops & curved banquette seating create a very unique and intimate setting.
Executive Chef, John J. Loughran formerly of River Café in Brooklyn has created a menu that changes seasonally; using the best of locally sourced ingredients. Chef John’s philosophy, buy local and be creative. This is evident in every dish you taste at Banc Café.
Our cocktails are created using fresh fruit & natural ingredients.
We feel that tasty food & flavorful drinks provided with honest friendly service is a great way to win someone over. We hope that someone is you.
Enjoy!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;

Dinner: Monday-Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm,

Late Night: Monday -Tuesday: 11:00pm-12:30am,

Late Night: Wednesday-Sunday: 11:00pm-2:00am
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Phone number
(212) 252-0146
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John J. Loughran
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Private party contact
Jesse, Tom, or Ronan: (212) 252-0146
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
30th Street
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Parking details
Metered parking till 7pm on Side streets
Metered parking till 10pm on 3rd Ave
Parking lots located on 30th St btw 2nd & 3rd Ave
also on 31st St btw 3rd Ave & Lexington Ave
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Public transit
No. 6 Train at Park Ave and 28th Street or 33rd Street.
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Entertainment
DJ spins Thurs, Fri & Sat nights
Live Music Sundays 10pm-1am
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 230 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Very friendly staff. A hidden gemđź‘Ť

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I have been to the Banc Café many times over the years with family and friends. The food is always good as is the service. It is a very comfortable place, although sometimes very noisy, especially in the bar area.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

A reliable spot, conveniently located. Great happy hour deals!

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We looked for a good hamburger place close to us and saw that this place had got good reviews on trip advisor so we went there. Our waitress could not have cared less if we had not come. We ordered a glas of the most expensive red wine on glas we never saw the bottle and the glas was filled 1/3. When we got back to the hotel we realized that our clothes smelled of deep-fried oil so they just had to bee washed.
In a town like New York were you have so many great places serving really good hamburgers, I see no reason why visit this place.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Nice place for brunch!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We were early but had a drink at the bar before our table reservation. Food was absolutely fantastic. Service was excellent. Especially birthday surprise dessert!!!!

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

So fun and delish!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Showed up a little early for our reservation, but was seated pretty quickly, which was awesome. Our waiter avoided our table for about 10 minutes resulting in us missing out on happy hour. I’ve been here many times and it is one of my favorite date spots in my neighborhood and the drinks on this perticular night were extremely watered down. We ordered about 120.00 worth of small plates and our waiter seemed annoyed we didn’t get a main dish, which was strange. Overall it was a nice date, but the worst service and experience I have had at this restaurant. It may be a while until I stop in again.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

My daughter and I met here for brunch then I was on my way to an HD broadcast at Kips Bay (the location perfect for this!)
We had the quinoa salad and the steak/eggs which we shared. Both were perfect for this occasion. After we finished eating we still had time to sit and chat and they were very patient with us to do so.
Thanks!

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Had a great time getting brunch at Banc! Everything was delicious and our waitress was super nice!

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

1. Spotless bathrooms, 2. very clean dining rooms, 3. friendly & competent staff, 4. nice lunch menu, with 5. good portion size, 6. very tasty quinoa & beet salad, with sliced chicken breast, 7. Delicious veggie burger with sweet potato fries.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Can’t wait to go back. Excellent service and delicious food.

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3.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Our brunch orders came out very quickly but everyone's meals were very cold -- think no cheese pull and congealed hollandaise.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Have been going to Banc Cafe since before its renovation, the food is great and always lively and fun.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2017

The most amazing food and friendly staff, love this place so much!

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3.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Surprisingly extremely poor service from start to finish. Would not return.

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2.0Dined on November 11, 2017

This restaurant was such a disappointment. The food was average and the noise levels very high. The waitress was pleasant until the end when she said that they needed our table for a large party that had just come in. Although we had finished and paid our bill, we were still chatting and it was very ungracious. I will not recommend this restaurant to any of my friends.

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Lunch with a friend. Great place for a catch up meal. We arrived early and were seated immediately. Wait staff lovely. We had a shared appetizer and a salad and sandwich respectively. Highly recommend the tuna/avocado appetizer.
We weren't rushed and look forward to returning when we're in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

First time there and was very pleased with the staff, food and ambiance. Plan to return sometime in December with my family.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Fun local eatery, great breakfast and lunch options. Belgian waffles were a hit and great for sharing.

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3.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Chose Banc Cafe for its location and menu. Lively atmosphere with live music later at night. Varied menu to satisfy any taste. Small plates and bites, salads, soups, pastas, and big plates offer so many options. Everything was tasty, portions were generous, and prices were moderate. Good choice for casual dining.

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Much quieter for lunch than dinner. Kale and pear salad superb, service attentive but not intrusive.

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4.0Dined on October 8, 2017

As always the food is very dependable and pleasantly presented. It is my go to place for a good burger, fries, a salad. Great beers on tap.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Yummy food in a unique historical setting. Service was exceptional!

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1.0Dined on October 7, 2017

The server took forever to take our food order. All of my friends ordered the exact same brunch entree and all but one came out.. my friend got his meal 10 full minutes later which created a real awkward vibe because we ate in front of him and then watched him eat. The server said that it was because they "ran out of hands" which is total BS. Apart from the service, the food was average at best.

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2.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Nothing special, mediocre food and service.

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2017

I have walked by this place a million times and have wanted to go in for so long! I was treating my boyfriend to a celebratory dinner and used the event as my excuse to try it out! We got a table on the patio, which is beautiful and has lovely lights hanging over it. The ambiance on the inside of the restaurant is great as well; a little old fashioned and glamorous but new and clean looking. We both ordered cocktails; a manhattan for myself and a thyme drink followed by an old fashioned for him. My manhattan was slightly watered down, but his drinks were fantastic. We decided to go all out and ordered an appetizer, entrees, and a dessert, and I cannot say enough good things about the food. The calamari appetizer was a large portion and perfectly soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. My angel hair pasta dish was TO DIE FOR. It was simple and elegant, but the vodka sauce was delicious, and I have been thinking about it ever since! My boyfriend had the steak with bleu cheese, and he was raving about it for the entire 30 seconds it took him to scarf it down. We somehow made room for the molten lava cake, which was the perfect sweet ending to the meal. We did have a number of servers waiting on us which was a little confusing, and each did not spend much time at the table, but that was alright. All around a great experience, and I will definitely be back to try lunch and brunch!!

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food, excellent service! Many of the staff members have worked there a long time and they are excellent! We love the food but it's the staff that makes the place great! Music can be a tad too loud during prime dinner hours and can make it hard to hear conversation at the table. If they could turn it down a smidge....

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Banc is great! Such a nice place to sit outside when it's nice out!

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Our favorite neighborhood hangout. The food is interesting and usually good. Went for brunch, ordered a Bloody Mary that arrived without its usual trimmings of celery and olives. That was pretty disappointing. Ordered the Fritata, which was more of a open faced omelette with a glob of cheddar cheese...not so good. Another person ordered the eggs with hollandaise and salmon and that was much better.

overall a good experience, but waiter /bar tender /cook could have used a little more effort to snazz up their offerings .

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Came here with 6 friends for my birthday dinner. The restaurant was perfect! The food was delicious and the server was fabulous. I cannot recommend this place highly enough! Everyone loved their food and their was an option that appealed to each of my friends with very different tastes.

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3.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Place to eat if you sit outside on the 30th St. side.

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3.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Surprisingly good food for a local casual bar restaurant.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Great brunch place! We had an awesome time, really solid menu with stuff if you were in the mood for either breakfast or lunch, reasonably priced, great drinks, and awesome service! Would absolutely recommend to others and go back. Great outdoor terrace, recommend getting there early to get a table outside (no reservations for these). Inside was also cute and a more romantic setting, would love to try it for dinner sometime.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2017

It was a girls night, very low key. The wait staff brought our food, checked in and brought the check. It was fine and easy and I'd come back.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Had an early lunch outside with my daughter. Service was outstanding. Our salads and sandwiches were very tasty and portions were large. Oreo cheesecake for dessert was delicious.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Quality food service ambiance. Comfortable satisfying evening. Steak special was particularly awesome and cooked perfectly which is rare.

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2017

Made a reservation for a Thursday for a quick drink and appetizers - love the Happy Hour deals till 10pm. We ended up getting the special of the night which was an Asian steak salad, which was DELICIOUS. Wine was good just a little loud if you're going for a meal. But there's also a separate dining area, which would be quieter if there for a full meal. I will definitely be going back.

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2017

I ordered an egg white omelette and it was simultaneously burnt on the edges and runny in the middle. My date ordered the chicken and waffles and the chicken was over cooked and dry.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Love the food, staff and neighborhood vibe here but it can be noisy. Staff accommodated request for a table in quietest area possible. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and believe it is a great value.

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