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Kips Bay
0.5 miles from Empire State Building
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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
PRICE RANGE
$30 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Bar
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed August 25, 2022 via mobile

A huge choice of beverages. We recommend the sangrias, especially the rosé's one. The food is generous, well dressed and perfect with a glass (or two) of wine. The waitresses are amazing, the service is fast.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 12, 2022 via mobile

We sat outside and enjoyed a Thursday evening happy hour and light dinner the salads were very tasty the waitress was very nice

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed January 4, 2022

We spent NewYear’s Eve 2022 here and had a great night. There was a great atmosphere and the decorations looked beautiful. The staff were really lovely and very attentive. The food was excellent, especially the steak and the puddings. Would definitely return!

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed July 26, 2021

I reviewed Banc Café several years ago and have visited here many times since then, but these covid days impel me to provide a more recent perspective as restaurants struggle. This was my first post-covid visit. I was entertained by a trio while I sat...at the bar and enjoyed drinks and snacks. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the service professional.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 24, 2020 via mobile

The outdoor dining was nicely done. We all enjoyed our meals. Service was excellent including getting a chair for an elderly guest. Though it was a limited menu everything was delicious.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed February 24, 2020 via mobile

Wow. Just a sad excuse for a dining establishment. A friend and I happened to be in the area after work looking for a new place to try for dinner. We come into an empty restaurant with the exception of 5 total patrons. We were...sure to search the menu online ahead of time and were looking forward to a nice meal. We ordered specialty cocktails & 5 items from their menu. The cocktails were odd, both tasteless and watered down. I say odd because I couldn’t understand how they could serve something that didn’t even have a taste of alcohol. We kindly asked to exchange them for something else. We ordered seemingly fool proof drinks, tequila on the rocks & a sangria. After half a sip I realized that the sangria had a spoiled taste to it and topped with a browned apple wedge. The tequila on the rocks very clearly had some simple syrup added to it, not sure why. The food was not any better. The chicken, calamari & gnocchi were obviously from the frozen food department. The octopus, that was just shy of being a health hazard, didn’t look edible. The flatbread sounded delightful, prosciutto, fig, Brie etc. It was just ok, comparable to something served in an airport. Prosciutto was thick sliced and chewy. We politely declined dessert. The check arrived an we noticed that the drinks were still included (we sent them back earlier). When we mentioned this the manager was rude and defensive. Ultimately making the adjustment, we left with a bad taste in our mouths not just from the food but also from his attitude.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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326MarkF326, Owner at Banc Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2020

I am deeply saddened you did not enjoy your experience at Banc Cafe. However there are a couple of things I must point out in the interest of having both sides of your story heard. First round ordered was a Rose Hill and a Cucumber...More

Reviewed January 23, 2020

I visited New York in January 2020 with my mum, and we dined on our 2nd night at Banc on a friend's recommendation. We were incredibly impressed, and returned on another evening during our stay, as it just could not be matched elsewhere! The bar...is very stylishly decorated, being divided into sections for bar & restaurant, with comfy booths and a frankly amazing cocktail bar displaying an impressive range of whiskies and gin. The cocktails are to die for! Banc knows how to best serve it's guests, with welcoming and charming staff serving exquisite food which far surpassed our expectations. This is by far the best food I have had in NYC. The starters, mains and desserts (oh my), were spot on. Not only that, but they gave us a brolly when we left, as it had started to snow. Charm personified! In short... I'd recommend making a beelive for Banc if you're in town - I will certainly be back!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 10, 2020

Visited NYC jan 2020 for our honeymoon, came across banc trying to find somewhere for good food and a few drinks. Absolutely fantastic bar/restaurant. Food, service and decor 10/10. If your visiting Manhattan and want the real NYC vibe in a great location but away...from the hustle and bustle then make sure you visit banc!! We will defiantly be back!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed October 17, 2019 via mobile

I was here with a friend from Boston and a friend from Belfast. We decided to order small plates and “share” between us. I say “share” but in reality we had to order more because there was no sharing going on!! The food was tremendous,...perfectly seasoned and good sizes. We also had 2 desserts between us which were excellent also. The ambience is great and this is definitely a happening place. Find time to visit and sample the beers, food and service!!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

This is what eating out in New York is all about. The Banc has a great atmosphere and an extremely friendly staff. The menu is not large but the selection is good. You should have no problem finding something for everyone. Their wine selection is...good and the staff gives you a good pour. Cap your night off with a great treat. When we visited the weather was great for sidewalk dining. Another option is when management opens up the windows to give a true European cafe dining experience. Can’t say enough about this place. Try it out!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 29, 2019 via mobile

Great ambience! Food amazing the burgers were particularly good great service and cool music loved the decor

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 9, 2019 via mobile

Had the most amazing food drinks and craic here when we were visiting New York. Tom is just so amazing and makes each visit so special! Views of the empire state from outside seating area beautiful and a class place to people watch. Thanks for...everythingMore

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 20, 2019 via mobile

Busy bar / restaurant but easy to get a table. Plenty of beer choice and the food is pretty good. The burgers are substantial and very tasty.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 1, 2019 via mobile

Wow!! What a gem of a restaurant, we hadn’t booked a table (arrived at 5pm) but the greeter advised us that he had a table reserved for 7.30 so we could have it for 2.5 hours. Perfect. The menu was detailed with just enough options,...I chose a beet salad and asked if I could have goats cheese on it, absolutely I could! My husband and our friends all had a burger, they were juicy, stacked, and the fries delicious. We went on a Sunday so after 4pm ANY bottle of wine is half price, every table around us had wine. Lovely staff, and when our food came out they knew exactly who was having what food we didn’t even need to say!! We are here for a week and have decided we will be back!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 9, 2019 via mobile

I live coming to banc cafe right after work. I usually come in for dinner or just a cocktail and it doesn't disappoint. The rosehill cocktail is amazing and having lamb chops as a appetizer is fantastic.

Date of visit: January 2019
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