About Banc Cafe

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!

431 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

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

Cross Street:
30th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 252-0146

Website:
http://www.banccafe.com/

Entertainment:
DJ spins Thurs, Fri & Sat nights
Live Music Sundays 10pm-1am

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

Public Transit:
No. 6 Train at Park Ave and 28th Street or 33rd Street.

Executive Chef:
John J. Loughran

Private Party Contact:
Jesse, Tom, or Ronan: (212) 252-0146

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

Banc Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Great for Lunch (9)
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Great for Brunch (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Cozy (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Fun (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Romantic (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
People Watching (3)
Healthy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Tapas (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 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.

Tags: Live Music, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined 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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Nothing special, mediocre food and service.

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·Dined 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!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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....

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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 .

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 10, 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion, Tapas, Fun, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Surprisingly good food for a local casual bar restaurant.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Always a solid choice. Good food, good drinks, a lot of room. Nothing too expensive, and most things are very tasty. I always enjoy meeting a friend for drinks and food at Banc!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great place with great food. Recommend the jalapeño margarita!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Food terrific, both mine and my companion's entrees were tasty and served hot. Beer was cold, kale and pear salad well rendered. Noise level high, but tolerable. Service a bit indifferent, except for the busboy--hardest worker in the place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Ambiance/atmosphere and decor all stellar
Food was amazing and unusual but presentation and taste were stellar
Service was excellent and everyone was very nice and welcoming

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Great food, great ambience, excellent staff what else could you hope for!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 23, 2017

AMAZING. Will be back several more times. Lobster ravioli is the best.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Solid spot in Murray Hill I would definitely recommend

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Great ambience and service. I was impressed how low they play the music. Its a great spot fir a date or meeting with friends. Wouldnt say its cheap but the service was excellent!

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Took my mom out for a pre-mothers day dinner

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Good local spot for brunch. Yummy food and a Bloody Mary with a kick. Feels cozy but spacious at the same time. Outdoor seating is a nice option for summer. Make reservations because it gets busy.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Food and Service were exceptional

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Banc Cafe is our neighborhood restaurant which we go to at least 3 times a month. My husband and I eat here for Brunch and dinner and it is my favorite place to have a quiet lunch with friends. I can honestly say that everything on the menu is wonderful. My favorite salad is the Quinou and Beet salad. The service is always great with friendly servers. Try it for I'm sure it
will become a favorite of yours too.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Not really the place too cause any kind of scene because they won't tolerate that.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 11, 2017

The service was inattentive and lacking in energy. We were not given an item we ordered and left waiting for 15-20min before service cleared the table. The food was undercooked and clearly left sitting prior to being served. The quality of the food was not worth the price and the overall menu was lacking. Overall will not return and would not recommend

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Good food options and service. Friendly and very helpful staff. Love this restaurant!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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