Balzem

4.7
339 reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Balzem is where you begin a tour of the northern Mediterranean coastline. From the celebrated culinary culture of Provence in Southern France to some of Italy's most elegant and refined cuisines such as in Campania, and reaching all the way to the light and carrying flavors of the Aegean coastline. Complete your journey with a selection of wine or beer from these cultural regions and other celebrated vineyards around the globe.
What 339 People Are Saying
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful and knowledgeable about celiac! Lovely experience and felt safe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a good place! The food (hummus, manti, zucchini pancakes, and meatballs) was absolutely excellent, the berry chocolate dessert was phenomenal, and the service was excellent. I can’t wait to come back!

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vipusualgrace
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great pandemic lunch place- Eating delicious food outdoors. There’s something on the menu for everyone.

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JoshuaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great date atmosphere, super friendly / on-point staff
Loved it
Good fof too

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DemetraP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here twice now, once pre-covid and again recently. The service and ambience is wonderful. The food is all delicious. Looking forward to coming back!

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VictoriaV
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love eating here! Food never disappoints! 👍🏾

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CareyZ
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambience, the food and service was excellent. Definitely recommend for a date night.

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vipusualgrace
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Delicious food with a lot of tempting things on the menu. Really nice service. Has become my Covid outdoor dining favorite. For as long as the sun is still out, it’s a great place to enjoy dining without risk.

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vipMariam
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was sooo good & their espresso martini? Fire. My guest & I had the best time & highly recommend this place! Make sure you get the spicy feta :)

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DinaT
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious. Very friendly staff and good service

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Did not have outdoor seating even though I made a reservation for outdoor dining

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ElaineF
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Balzem had a great vibe, but the menu was not exactly traditional Mediterranean or gluten-free friendly as we had expected.

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Vanja
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. And great ambience! The service was very professional and nice. Highly recommend.

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Bailey
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place with a nice outdoor seating area. Cocktails were amazing, waitstaff was attentive and the food was awesome. Only drawback was the busy roadway- but we are in a pandemic. Would definitely comeback.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place to hang out in NYC

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Went with my dad on a Wednesday night.
The food was delicious! We had the baba ghanoush &
hummus for appetizers, they even brought me cucumber slices instead of pita:)! For my meal I had an appetizer it was called ‘Crevette Grille’ defiantly big enough for a meal, very light, fresh, and tasty. My dad has the branzino fillet pan seared and he said it was delicious and a good portion size as well! Definitely recommend:) Great ambience too!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food and wjne

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Rachel
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite neighborhood places to go, food is always good, and the owners and the staff are so nice.

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Stefan55
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Much louder than I anticipated. Ambiance was cool. Wish they had more gluten-free & vegan options.

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AlisaK
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. I loved the food, especially the mezze (I tried ceviche, manti and babaganush and all three were yummy).
The service was very nice, the atmosphere relaxed and cosy.
I will definitely return there on my next visit to NY.

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vipAnnaD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was great except I ordered main dish and they forgot about it...

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LorenH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff, superb manti! Will definitely return!

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vipPeteAthanas
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Didnt meet expectations after reading great reviews.

I’m not one to go out and then write bad reviews, but when I’m sitting on top of the table next to me behind me in front of me, my chair was wobbly I thought it was gonna break, portions was small. I left hungry still after ordering octopus, spicy feta dip(which came with 3 bite size pita bread chips) enough for a toddler.

Pros: Spicy feta and bread olive oil dip.

Cons: Portions small. Way overpriced for the portions given. Bland food with no flavor. Crazy noisy(can’t hear across the table) main entree was 6 skewers of chewy meat (steak, chicken, lamb) really undercooked. Way too dim lit.

Bill came out to $138 with tip $165 total.

Would not come back. Also, service was food being served over my shoulder and i literally almost knocked the runner’s hands

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Kelsie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Balzem is the most friendly, unpretentious restaurant in the neighborhood, and I’d come back for that alone — but the food is excellent too! On our most recent visit, they accommodated, without complaint, a large birthday party that was mostly tardy and fluctuating in numbers throughout the night. It was a busy Saturday so a little harder to hear with such a large group in a small restaurant, but the service was outstanding and I will continue frequenting this restaurant with any size group.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious great wine selection

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The staff at Balzem were very friendly and accommodating. Our waiter made great menu recommendations for our large party. While they accommodated our party of 7 with ease, seating is tight so this place is better for smaller parties. The food and atmosphere was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Cute little place, server was nice but took away oil while we still had the bread on our appetizer plates. Entree portion does not mean entree portion, they just charge you an extra $10. Server tried to charge us dinner prices as well. Hopefully dinner portions are larger than lunch. We left still hungry.

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redfox85
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had to wait for table, other than that was a nice evening, good food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My husband and I had a double date with a good friend of mine and his fiancée. My friend and I can be really indecisive about places to eat. Especially when it comes to selecting a place for a large group. So when we set out to find a place it needed to be on point and worth our time. Being working young professionals you start to realize how valuable your free time can be. Plus, moments that you can spend with friends often come up not as often as you hope when everyone is working. You want to make the best of your time together.

The Good:

Overall, we had a great time and the food was good. We would recommend it. There was a gin drink that was so good. The Ginevra(not sure if that’s the correct spelling).

The not so good:

Our table was in a small space with a lot noise. The waiter even had a hard time hearing orders. He also had a hard time moving around us to get by to other neighboring tables. The space felt awkward and cramped. If you don’t need to get up at all to use the bathroom you are ok but my friend had to get up more than once and it was a struggle to move about.

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MarianneS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely dinner last Friday night, the food was good, the atmosphere was warm and cozy

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

really yummy food and great staff! will definitely be back again

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vipelwoodli
New England
31 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and excellent Octopus! Everything was perfect. Lovely place.

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KarolinK
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great as always only the front table are a little cold in winter

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EvanE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food. Can't wait to go back!

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vipRuss
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We found Balzem to be a cozy space, it’s small and doesn’t seat many diners. The food was not very flavorful. We had four appetizers; the octopus and the spicy feta appetizers were good, but the babaganoush and zucchini latkes were drab. One of our entrees, lamb skewers, had nothing accompanying the lamb, much to our surprise! Our other entree, tavern chicken, was dry and of little flavor, it needed some stronger tasting ingredients.
Overall, it was disappointing...the items listed on the menu sound great, but they are lacking.

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vipDanielaR
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This place has a great happy hour and I definitely am
Going back for dinner ... mediterraneo diet is perfect fit for people who are careful eaters but the food is plentiful and tasty ..

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IlanaK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Balzem on a Saturday night with a large party for a birthday dinner. Making the reservation online was very easy even with a large party! The servers were extremely friendly and accommodating - they let us get seated and start ordering even though one person was running late. The food was delicious! I highly recommend the truffle Mac and cheese and Turkish dumplings appetizers. The shrimp casserole main was also amazing, as were the chocolate cake and créme brûlée. The cocktail with gin was great. Everyone enjoyed their food and the atmosphere of the restaurant, would definitely come here again!

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E2018
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Horrendous service. Portion size small. But awesome food+ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly friendly waitstaff and great food!

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JudithK
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Loved the atmosphere. Food cld be better. Need to add pepper to the table

FAQs

Balzem does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates. Balzem also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (646) 837-7033.

Balzem is rated 4.7 stars by 339 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.