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“Balade - PHENOMENAL” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Balade
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Ranked #2,013 of 13,479 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: East Village
Cross street: Between 12th and 13th Streets
Transit: 4,6, L, N,Q 5, R to Union Square L train to 1st Avenue
Description: 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.
Brooklyn, New York
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Balade - PHENOMENAL”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

Discovered this place based on groupon offer and loved it since. Also recomended to many friends and family members.
The food was PHENOMENAL from appetizers to deserts. Wait staff was friendly and provided great description of menue items.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank garreglardan
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baladeteam, Owner at Balade, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your very important feedback and we always work on improving our guest experience.


We hope to serve you soon at Balade.
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Kobe, Japan
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Everything a Middle Eastern restaurant should be”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

Balade offers fresh, local dishes in a small, intimate, well-run restaurant. We've dined there twice in the last month and been very happy with the food, service and ambience. The wait staff, in particular, are helpful and friendly and make the experience personalized. The dishes are about what you'd expect for a Lebanese restaurant, but the ingredients and preparation made all the dishes we ordered truly delightful. We ordered a mixed mezzes plate, but asked for only vegetarian dishes, which they gladly did for us. We've also tried the prix fixe lunch which had more food than we could possibly eat, all of it delicious. We'll be back soon.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cafergy
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baladeteam, Owner at Balade, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your very important feedback and we always work on improving our guest experience.


We hope to serve you soon at Balade.
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Avoid, Avoid Avoid!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

I lived in New York city all my life and this is the worst restaurant I ever been to. The mixed grill dish was burnt, dry, overcooked and uneatable and the grilled fish tasted like cardboard. We sent back both dishes and only one replacement came 40 minutes later and it was the same exact thing!! We both got up and left and I hope you avoid this place!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank stangboris
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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing Discovery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

Sooooo Good. Everything we tried on the menu was phenomenal. The wiat staff are very well expreienced.

Its a hidden place in the east village, you must visit.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lara b
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baladeteam, Owner at Balade, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your very important feedback and we always work on improving our guest experience.


We hope to serve you soon at Balade.
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New York City
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121 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A middle eastern gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

This restaurant is one block from my house. My husband and I ate there when they first opened and we enjoyed the meal but were not wowed. We recently went back with friends and feasted on an assortment of mezes. The meal was PHENOMENAL. The humus, the assortment of grilled/fried cheese, the sausage, the salads!!! Fantastic. We kept ordering more because we were enjoying it so much. This restaurant is a gem and I only dread the day everyone realizes it and I cannot get in without a reservation!!!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MikeDana2
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baladeteam, Owner at Balade, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your very important feedback.

we are glad you liked balade

We hope to serve you soon at Balade.
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