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208 1st Ave, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10009-3705
+1 212-529-6868
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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11:30 am - 11:00 pmAll hours
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
208 1st Ave, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10009-3705
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Found this spot on OT and absolutely loved everything about it. Fabulous food, great atmosphere and amazing service. Can’t wait to come back!

Thank Lisa F
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Although everything else is pretty good too. Nice garlicky baba ghannouj. Kofta with rice/salad and garlic sauce with toppings is one I like. You sense a “garlic” theme? :) Been eating here since they opened. Solid place. Check out loyalty program get free meal!

Thank LeeMacL
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

It was what I was craving exactly. Very delicious and fresh Yummy to the max Friendly and professional service Only problem .... need bathroom upgrade

Thank Marthahall R
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Everything here is delicious, the dishes are authentic middle eastern presented beautifully. Service is attentive and very nice - it's lovely restaurant and well worth a visit!

Thank Gowiththeflow2013
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Been going since they opened. Always looking for lunch with some flavor! Standard lunch arrangement with a base of salad or rice, protein, and toppings. I like their kofte and lahem b'ajine plus baba ghannouj is good. Tasty food, good portions, decent price. I'm a...More

Thank LeeMacL
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed myself as did my group of friends. Delicious food and atmosphere and The staff is friendly!!!!Can't wait to return

Thank JenAdriana
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Found this cute little Lebanese restaurant by chance. The staff were really nice. Nice space. Got to taste a couple of wines before settling on a bottle of perfectly acceptable Saugivnon Blanc from the Bekaa valley. The food was really good. We shared the Romaine...More

Thank Joel S
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

I have to say after very long I have had a good Lebanese food. Great spot with a cozy feel to the resturant. Friendly staff and good service. From appetizers to main course everything we ordered was good and felt that it was coming from...More

Thank Dogra11
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Visited Balade last night for dinner. Amazing food with right amount of flavor, Youssef the manager & his staff was very friendly and accommodating. We were a party of 6 & 2 of us are vegetarians. We had enough options for us. Selection of Lebanese...More

Thank paragi s
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

The chicken and beef shawarma was pretty tasty. The combination of the hot sauce, pickles, chicken / beef, lettuce, cilantro and onions were perfect! It was almost like a chipotle style restaurant inside. I'd definitely recommend this place and will be returning!!

Thank resh2013
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24 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
USD 10 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
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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