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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 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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New York City, New York
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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457 reviews
309 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 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 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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!

Thank Norah-Maria-23
Manchester, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

The food in New York is good but this was the best. A nice small restaurant inside, well decorated and friendly staff (which often isn't the case in NY). The meal was superb, beautiful salad, mixed grill and some mezze. Wine was nice as well. We ate every morsel!

Thank Gordo620
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Really good Lebanese food, quite gourmet too! Ideal place for a romantic dinner or dinner between friends. Personnel was really nice! I would definitely come back here!!

Thank etylaweny
Niteroi, RJ
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200 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Ok. Don´t expect too much but the food tastes good and it is not so expensive. The service is ok, the atmosphere is nice - really looks like you are in some arabic place. Good to try food from the other countries.

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Rio Grande, RS - Brasil
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

I´ve been there for lunch with two friends and each of us has ordered one special dish. The food was superb and "authentic" as one can read in the folder. Excellent music and a very nice girl to help us. No doubt, it is a place to keep in mind when in NYC.

Thank Eliane030
New York City, New York
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189 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We were in NYC for a Mashrou Leila concert, and decided to stay in the Middle Eastern ambiance and found Balade on Trip Advisor. The food was very nice, the service was exquisite. The manager recommended the mezze with a couple salads and a plate of mixed grill, it was certainly plenty of delicious food...certainly a very good find!

Thank Talal J
Portland, Maine
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74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I was given a friendly welcome when I arrived ahead of my friends and received just the right amount of attention Once we were all there, we ordered some pleasant Lebanese white wine to enjoy while we studied the menu. Warm bread appeared. So many temptations! We began by sharing a couple of appetizers (baba ghanoush and tabouleh) with which... More 

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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
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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
  • 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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