Balade

Food & Drink
208 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009 208 1st Avenue, New York Directions
Today 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM Open All Hours
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87% of 307 customers recommended

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Grill
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Hours
    Sun-Sat
    11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Cuisine
    Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Grill
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    Yes
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
  • WiFi
    Yes
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Tips

250
115 Tips
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Report | 4 years ago
Excellent food, very reasonable prices. Service was quite slow at first, but overall, the staff is very friendly and became more attentive as the evening went out.
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Report | 4 years ago
Service was slow, A/C broken, food was medicore. NYC health department gave this place a "C" rating; which is disgusting.
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Report | 4 years ago
Made reservations and seated on time we were served wine immediately but It took almost 40 minutes to get appetizers. The place was jammed, according to the waiter it was because all the groupon vouchers were showing up before expiration. You would think this could have been handled with the requisite reservations. A group of tables next to us were expanded to fit a group of twenty three people, the man next to me was literally almost sitting on my lap. The entrees arrived and mine, mahi mahi with rice, was way overcooked and dry. My companions lamb chops were overcooked and burned. The potions were small and overpriced for the quality. As compensation, the waiter brought us free dessert.
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Report | 4 years ago
we did forget our leftovers because they had not brought it back to the table yet.
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Report | 4 years ago
Will definitely be back hope you have more Groupons for this location
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Report | 4 years ago
Hummus Shawarma was not really good. Music was a little loud.
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Report | 4 years ago
Great place. Will definitely come back
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Report | 4 years ago
The groupon portions were either really small, or their portions in general are really small. I ordered the lamb chops and got 3 small pieces of lamb. On the menu, this dish cost $28: definitely not worth that.
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Report | 4 years ago
Service was friendly. Food was good. We are glad to know about the restaurant
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Report | 4 years ago
One of the best restaurants I have been to in a very long time. Terrific service and amazing food. Will be going back to try more dishes.
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From Our Editors

There’s a glossary at the front of Balade’s menu—not that the food is particularly difficult to understand, with its grilled meats, bright veggies, and verdant salads. But it serves as a mouthwatering preview of the flavors to come: there’s laban, the yogurt that serves as a dip for the labor-intensive meatballs known as kebbe; jebne, fresh white cheese; and sumac and zaatar, ground spices that dapple shawarma platters, char-grilled beef, and manakeesh, a lebanese pizza. There’s also an entry for the word “balade” itself: as it turns out, it’s used to describe fresh produce that’s of high quality and usually local. Two-thirds of the ample selection of mezze are vegetarian, including Beirut-style hummus with cumin and vegetables and celery- and mint-spiked spheres of falafel.

Whatever’s chosen from the enormous menu, housemade bread is generally on hand, from the toasty, dimpled manakeesh crusts to pita “pitzas” topped with thin-sliced marinated meats to sandwiches. Refreshing sips include wines and specialty drinks such as sparkling wine with rose water or fruit purée. Though there’s a spontaneous feel to the food and drink, the atmosphere is carefully composed to create what ViaMichelin calls “a welcoming and tasty Middle Eastern experience.” At tables, candlelight flickers across the surfaces of imported clay water pitchers painted with rustic designs. Brick walls and arches are inset with arabesque tiles, and the sawn ends of logs compose one wall, creating a mesmerizing mosaic that instantly soothes any angry lumberjacks who wander in.

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11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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