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Posted by Paola on 10/31/2011
een there 3 times so far, and enjoyed every visit. Here is my normal breakdown of my rating: -Food: so far tried 7 mezzas and 5 dishes, everything has been delicious -Decor: Very cozy, like the Lebanese style tiles and the wooden wall. -Music: live 3oud player was super nice -service: nice waitress, and the manager kept on checking up if everything is ok -price point: average $20-25/person is not expensive in the city I recommend this Lebanese place hands down, it is authentic and every aspect of the experience has been enjoyable so far.
Posted by Jennifer on 09/16/2011
I love the Home made bread they serve at the restaurant. Everything is fresh and consistent. Try Lahme Bajin or the lamb chops. i think they have the best humus in town.
Posted by Cédric on 08/09/2011
I had dinner at Balade last week, and it was a great experience. From our hospitable hostess to the charmful decor and atmosphere, I found great energy to this place. The service by our Brazilian waitress was excellent, never obsequious yet timely and smily. And as far as the food goes, and though I'm no Lebanese food expert, everything we tried was good, from the hummus, labneh to the pizza and the mixed grill. Definitely recommend the place!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/15/2011
Kafta Pizza was great, the mixed grill was very good and we tried 2 starters which were also excellent. I live on the upper east side and have it delivered
Posted by Gus on 05/27/2011
Granted Thursday nights tend to be busy, but the waits here (for a table, the food, checks to be reconciled) seemed painfully long. The food is excellent - fresh, honest Middle Eastern. Adequate portions. Reasonably priced. The room is small and loud. Will come back - but maybe when it is less crowded.
Posted by I LOVE FOOD on 02/19/2011
Eat here if you like Mediterranean or Lebanese food. They have wonderful tabouli and pizzas. Watch out for the garlic sauce (I LOVED it) they serve with some of the entrees, I was emitting garlic the rest of the night. Great serivce and atmosphere. Will be back.
Posted by jack on 12/03/2010
Ambling about in our neighborhood, we accidentally came across a gem of a restaurant called Balade. Once inside the door all our skepticism vanished. A relaxed decor of soft tile and brick walls studded by Cedar of Lebanon tree trunks -- enhanced by subtle lighting -- the ambiance had fully charmed us before we even sat down. The menu had so many unusual variations of familiar Middle Eastern fare, it was hard to choose, even with the amiable waiter elaborating in detail. There were the Pita Pitzas, Shawarma platters, toasted Sandweechets, and exotic Mezzas like Shankleesh (aged cheese with zaatar), Sambousiks (pastry pockets filled with lamb and pine nuts) and, of course, the Lebanese national dish, Kebbeh Kras, a blend of beef and cracked wheat. Wine offerings ranged from Napa Valley through Spain, Italy, Greece to Lebanon's own Bekaa Valley. I always thought I was a maven on food of the Levant, but certainly I'll be returning to this fine restaurant to partake in more of the advanced courses in Lebanese cuisine.