Banc Cafe

4.7
281 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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!
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LI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was sub par. Barely there service. Ambiance of restaurant is lively which was the only positive part of experience

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EO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was mediocre and not prepared as requested. I did not bring this to the attention of the server since the food would have been cold if reserved. I asked for no potatoes and double salad with no dressing. I received the potatoes, salad with dressing. The Steak Benedict was ok. The hollandaise was delivered on the side as requested but it was a curdled mess.
The staff was nice, nice table, comfortable seating. Great low noise level for catching up over brunch. My friend enjoyed her omelet (vegetable). The cocktails were potent and enjoyable. Too many options in nabe to make a return visit.

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a low key/not rowdy brunch in this part of town. We were a group of friends catching up for the first time in a while and we were definitely lingering, but at no point did our server try to rush us out. Ask to sit in one of the big round booths if one's available -- they're very comfy!

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R
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice lunch with a friend. The food was good and so was the service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outside patio seating was fantastic. Great service, very attentive, good checking in and food came out promptly.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Banc on multiple occasions and loved it every time! I have been with a friend for drinks and had a great time and I have also been with my entire family and had a DELICIOUS meal! I will 100% be visiting this restaurant again in the future and I would recommend it to anyone!

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J
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was okay, xchicken and waffles and French toast better than California omelet. Waiter seemed too busy to pay attention, but the place is great.
Comfortable and friendly.

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MK
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful time...great food great atmosphere and friendly efficient service. We'll definitely be back 😊

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CB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was a little disappointed when we visited this most recent time. I noted in my reservation ( made and confirmed over 2 months in advance) that it was an anniversary dinner and I wanted to sit at the same 2-person table we met at for our first date. Sure enough we walked in and was told the earlier hostess did not look at the reservation notes and seated people at that table I requested. Once we got situated at another table ( that seated 4), the experience just wasn't great: Restaurant was extremely loud. Food was average. And we felt rushed- had a bottle of wine, 2 apps, dinner and paid the bill all within an hour-- which does not happen ever. I also expected them to maybe say or do something for us since I noted it was for an anniversary, and because they knew we requested a table and didn't get it-- just something to maybe show appreciation or to make up for their oversight. With regards to the being rushed in and out, the restaurant didn't even have a wait for tables as there there were available seats, so I'm not sure why it was so rushed for us to leave. We've always enjoyed Banc, especially since it is so close to our apartment, but this time it just wasn't that great and wasn't worth the price of the bill. We will likely be back at some point ( maybe), but my typical raving review for Banc to family and friends will not be the same.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service as well. Nice ambiance. A bit noisy but it is a popular place. It was my husband’s birthday and they were very accommodating! Like this restaurant very much.

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, especially Chinese dumplings! Excellent atmosphere also

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SV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Friendly staff. Fun atmosphere.

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N
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was not great at all. The food didn’t taste good. The nova (salmon Benedict) tasted sweet which was absolutely bizarre to me.

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A
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food excellent service great place for early brunch. Gets crowded around noon.

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C
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super Bowl Sunday. Issac was our waiter-outstanding service! Always a pleasure meeting at Banc...

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there for lunch on a Friday afternoon so it wasn't crowded at all. The waitstaff were pleasant and friendly. The food was very good and just the right portion size.

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E
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great place, good brunch. One issue: toast and English muffin came without butter. When butter was finally served, butter was hard and toast cold. However, server took everything back and reheated.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Banc is a perfect place for dinner with friends or family. It has a great vibe and the food is never disappointing.

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PP
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice relaxed brunch on New Year’s Day. Delicious scrambled egg & goat cheese wrap.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has become my go-to brunch place. Everything is always wonderful!!!

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ES
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had four adults and four kids. Menu accommodated all of us for a good price point. Sunday night special is half off bottles of wine. Not bad. Food was good and healthy and interesting. Would recommend to anyone

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J
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely afternoon with friends for our annual holiday lunch. Barmaid was attentive and friendly, very nice to us old folks!

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KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoy Banc Cafe-I came here last summer with some girlfriends for brunch and I immediately recommended it to revisit when my cousin was in town. Awesome food, extensive brunch menu-has both breakfast and lunch options, excellent cocktails, and fun atmosphere. It is loud but not too loud-not your typical "boozy brunch" with drunk young people but still a solid vibe. It is a good spot for small groups (probably 6 max).

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R
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice meal! The servers were friendly and helpful. I liked how they reassured us that what we chose to eat were good choices. The price was completely reasonable for the quality and quantity of food. I’ll be back soon! Thank you.

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I
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for a weekend brunch

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DM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great been going there since it reopened years ago. Never a bad meal and great ambiance

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AF
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and energetic ambiance. Enjoyed halepeno margaritas and Pinot noir.The veggie burger was fabulous not bland,empanadas.My roasted chicken was wonderful followed by cappuccino and sorbet.

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SD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very kind and helpful server. Good ambiance - I recommend the angel hair pasta with the vodka sauce.

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LG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always accommodating, comfortable and fun. Great food and atmosphere.

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RW
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is more of a bar with some tables for dining. It was extremely noisy in the main room (where the bar is). The staff was very accomodating and found us a table in a back room which was a bit quieter. Still loud, but we could talk. All four of us thought the food was good, not great. Looked like a fun place to hang out in a bar if you are looking for that.

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OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Came here looking for a relatively affordable meal with a friend but wish I had gone somewhere else and spent a bit more. Our starters were almost inedible and our mains were just okay. Service was also middling. It’s a nice space and should be able to do better.

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PC
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

My friend and I came here for a weekday dinner. The place was packed and therefore very noisy.
2 of us shared 4 appetizer plates and the salad, plus a pitcher of red sangria and they were quite filling. While the food was tasty and the portion was fine, the overall service was somewhat indifferent at the best.

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GO
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ordered from the small plates offerings. Selected the octopus--the texture was very soft. Almost tasted as if I were eating something other than octopus.

The clams were a hearty serving with the white wine sauce packing a bit of a punch. Definitely worth ordering if you like clams.

Dining partner had the coconut shrimp and said the shrimp were good. They looked a bit too brown but did not taste.

Noise level was quite high.

Service was good and attentive enough without seeming intrusive.

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G
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

Banc is a go to spot for us. Food is always good although they recently changed menu and have taken off some of our favorites like the pistachio crusted chicken, Shepard’s pie and Thai beef satays. The new pasta dish is not that great. Service is usually excellent but there are a lot of new staff members. We had a new waiter who was really slow. Our drink order was wrong and we had to flag down another waiter to get it fixed. Our waiter only checked in once right after food was delivered, he never came back to see if we wanted another drink. We usually order a second and third round. We also had to ask the bus boy for our check and then after a long wait we had to flag down the manager for the check. Never saw our waiter after the food was delivered/initial check in. Very disappointed in the service this is not our usual experience!

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HD
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Banc Cafe is a lively bar and restaurant, crowded for a reason: excellent location, very good food, served quickly by an very well-trained waitstaff. Especially impressive was the quality of the meal (appetizers, salads, main course, dessert) and the speed of service given how busy the restaurant was when we arrived. While not a place for a quiet conversation (the back room is quieter than the bar area), you will be assured of good food and drink, reasonably priced and friendly, professional service. Nice outdoor seating area, as well.

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Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unassuming but fun east side/Murray Hill place with a lively and varied menu. Decent beer offerings from a self-professed beer nerd. Good appetizers and was easy to get in and out before our night time plans.

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M
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Average spot with decent brunch food and service. Prices are gentle. Not too noisy so you can talk without shouting.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

The food was really not great. Had heard mixed reviews but it was conveniently located to where I was so I figured I would try it. Buttermilk biscuit was extremely dry, the California omlete tasted like airplane food, and the eggs benedict were average at best. Price wise it was pretty reasonable but I have no real desire to go back for brunch.

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N
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Croquettes are good
The salmon wrap lacked flavor
The place seemed understaffed

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BK
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect spot for a quiet business meal in the neighborhood. Great service, solid menu. Cobb Salad was a winner.

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