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208 1st Ave, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10009-3705
+1 212-529-6868
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
208 1st Ave, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10009-3705
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

Unexpected find for great Lebanese food. Brought friends from the South here and they loved the experience. Atmosphere warm and inviting. Food was exceptionally good. Service friendly and accomodating.

Thank nyladeblu
Reviewed 8 September 2018

Had lunch at this restaurant and was blown away by the authentic Lebanese cuisine. Fabulous food, great atmosphere, and excellent service, all at a reasonable price. Can’t wait to come back!

Thank Tammy H
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

This was an amazing experience. Food is delicious here. Service is great too. Had a great time. Kafta dish was amazing!

Thank RPMP2004
Reviewed 11 June 2018

Nice place for a group to share multiple dishes. Very friendly service, great staff and food was nice.

Reviewed 22 May 2018

Balade is recommended by Zagat and Trip Advisor. Authenic ambiance. We were given a complimentary bread app.-two small puffed breads with a tasty sesame paste dip. We shared a parsley & tomato salad (large enough for 4 people), so large, we took 2/3 of it...More

1  Thank Steven L
Reviewed 20 May 2018

Very fresh tasty dishes.Large dishes,extra pita bread, home made soup and main dishes,special sweet drinks.

Thank ayelet29
Reviewed 27 April 2018

The food was excellent. We started with the hummus, grape leaves and baba ghanouj, and the baba was maybe the best that I have ever tasted. Then we had the falafel sandwich, hummus and shawarma platter, and chicken shawarma sandwich, all of which were excellent....More

Thank Brian R
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Fresh Hummus, Excellent lamb and the fish ! Just dont BYOB they charge $50 ! Make sure to call ahead and make reservations especially on weekends !

Thank jayt103
Reviewed 1 April 2018

We had a delicious meal of mezze at Balade. This local Lebanese offers very good food and wine in a friendly setting. We opted for a light supper of small plates - great babaganoush, fava bean appetizer, stuffed grape leaves, and excellent chicken livers. We...More

Thank ZenaRd
Reviewed 28 February 2018

What a great surprise. My colleague found this while we were on a business trip to NYNY and it was the find of the week. A great mezze selection, everything we had was delicious (Hummus Beurite and Fatayir with spinach and feta deserve special mention)...More

Thank Dalbhat
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23 March 2015|
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Response from slsnyc | Reviewed this property |
There are a lot of salads on the menu, as well as dishes based on meat/seafood and veggies. So there should be plenty of gluten-free options. But I'm assuming their pizzas and pitas are not gluten-free...
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 208 1st Ave, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10009-3705
    (Between 12th and 13th Streets)
  • Public Transportation: 4,6, L, N,Q 5, R to Union Square L train to 1st Avenue
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-529-6868
  • E-mail
An Eastern Mediterranean restaurant that is a genuine addition to New York City’s diverse International cuisines. Specializing in Lebanese cuisine, Balade is a quaint neighborhood destination in the East Village with a warm and hospitable setting. Owned and operated by Roland Semaan (Hilton Hotels, NYC; B.R. Guest Restaurant Group, NYC) – Balade, which means Local, when describing produce of high quality in Lebanese, is the true culmination of his heritage and impressive hospitality background and experiences.
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