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East Village
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208 1st Ave, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10009-3705 (Between 12th and 13th Streets)
+1 212-529-6868
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Forget the negative reviews. This place was amazing. I reserved through Open Table and then reconfirmed with one of the managers, Siddiqui. Upon arrival, we were greeted with smiles from ALL of the staff. They seated us in a cozy area at the back end of the restaurant. The restaurant manager was great and attentive to our needs. During the... More 

Thank Tarak P
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this restaurant. I have been here many time with friends and family when we want to eat in the neighborhood. The food has been consistently delicious and the service is friendly and helpful. Everything I've had has been yummy.

Thank nycpat8382016
Bergen County, NJ
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wide variety of appetizer plates to share. Many vegetarian options. Delicious meat and chicken platters. Scrumptious desserts to share with your loved ones. Baklava is served in tiny bite sized pieces good for sharing.

Thank sassygirl59
Bedford, New York
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20 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I was craving Lebanese food and saw the good reviews for this restaurant. Sadly, it turned out to be very disappointing. I have tried several Lebanese restaurants throughout the world and the food here lacked the wonderful flavor that is the trademark to Lebanese food. The lentil soup tasted like a mix of water, lemon and lentils, with very little... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Wow. Where to begin? The noise level was quite unbearable. At least play some Arabic music. The space very cramped. The lighting too dark. And that was the best part. The food lacked any flavor. Had to add salt to everything and even then the taste didn't live up. The meat was undercooked and flavorless. I've lived in the Middle... More 

1 Thank nadyfam
Brooklyn, New York
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

I have been to Balade for dinner before and loved the food. A friend arranged for a birthday dinner for me -10 people. They created a delicious prix fixe that was so generous that at the end we asked them to pare down the entrees and there were still left-overs. The service was great, especially considering the large group, crowded... More 

Thank Miriam B
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Went there with friends and shared several dishes, and most of them were very good. My favorites were mixed grill, vegetable mezze special, and salad. Baba ganoush was especially flavorful. The baklava and pudding were very nice too. My friend had a mint tea, and the smell was amazing and so fresh. The service was attentive and accommodating. Recommended.

Thank KHS1234567890
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Tired of all the bland lunch food in the Herald Square area? Ballade has great flavors with the option of spicing it up with their hot sauce or garlic sauce. Having had everything on the menu I have not had a loser! My favorite is the kofta with rice/salad and lots of toppings especially the parsley sumac mix!

Thank LeeMacL
Detroit, Michigan
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314 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I had a good feeling as soon as I stepped inside Balade - the lighting in and smells brought me right back to my time in Beirut. The ambiance is ruined at times by the high level of noise, but who cares about that when you have an incredible plate of food in front of you. The food also helped... More 

Thank waverider681
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Been in NY for so long and truly they had the most authentic tasting Lebanese shawarma. It's just a little fancy, a smallish nook with live music on Saturdays (best to check with establishment though). Their lunch deal is incredible and perfect for a first try!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
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
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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