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.
Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:30pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am -5:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - Closing
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking and paid parking lots
6 train Spring Street stop within 2 blocks
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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Balzem Ratings and Reviews
This is, by far, the best place in the c ...
This is, by far, the best place in the city. The staff are incredibly accommodating and friendly, the food is absolutely exquisite and the atmosphere/location makes you feel alive. I'll literally eat here forever.
Overall the food was good and we were se ...
Overall the food was good and we were seated promptly after we showed up a little early for our reservation. My friend and I were dining and having great conversation and it seemed like the server/hostess kept rushing us throughout the dinner. They kept wanting to clear out plates and asking if we were done when there was clearly still food left on them. I understand the need to do that if there was a huge line out of the door, but that certainly wasn't the case. The food was good but it wasn't so memorable that it outweighed the "rushed" service we received. Considering that there are numerous restaurants in the city, I most likely won't be coming back and will try other ones where I can carry on a conversation at dinner and enjoy the company that I am with.
Romantic, cozy spot...we enjoyed the bro ...
Romantic, cozy spot...we enjoyed the brochettes for two (this is plenty of food for two people ) and the melon salad very much. The servers are very attentive and accommodating. We were in the area to see a show at the Bowery Ballroom and Balzem was perfect spot to grab small plates beforehand. Not overly expensive either so all around, i would absolutely go back!
Becoming one of my go to spots for dinne ...
Becoming one of my go to spots for dinner with friends. Everything is so good! Love that they have a lot of app options for sharing, but great mains as well. Space is a little bit cramped, but it's cozy and I like that it makes it possible to fit more tables in the restaurant. Will definitely be going back again.
This place smells delicious and the food ...
This place smells delicious and the food does not dissapoint! Geat mix of small and large dishes, every single one a savory delight. If you are in the mood for excellent food at moderate prices, with gracious service, Balzem is your place!
I took my girlfriend out for post birthd ...
I took my girlfriend out for post birthday dinner dessert. The wait, with reservations was longer than expected, however the size and intimacy of the establishment provided a great couples experience over wine and dessert.
The flatbread was outstanding. Roasted e ...
The flatbread was outstanding. Roasted eggplant was good too. The noisy was deafening. Difficult to hear across the table. If you want a nice glass of wine or sangria and don't mind missing most of the conversation, this is the place.
Was catching up with friends I hadn't se ...
Was catching up with friends I hadn't seen in years, the place was cute and the waitstaff attentive enough, but the restaurant itself is very tight and tables/chairs are set in a way that you can't really get through to go to-from the bathroom or to leave.
The restaurant was really cute and the s ...
The restaurant was really cute and the service was good, but we were not impressed with the food. We started with hummus -- the hummus itself was fine but the pita was stale and flimsy. My husband ordered the pesto pasta and it was SUPER salty. I had the grilled lamb skewers; they were fine but not memorable and served with the same lame pita.
Food was just ok for how expensive and s ...
Food was just ok for how expensive and small the portions are, I had high hopes because the space is welcoming. The manager was very friendly, however the hostess was incredibly rude and the service from the friendly manager was so slow. We had to remind the staff for our check 3 times- last time pulling the hostess away from personal friends. Go to Balaboosta instead- this spot isn't worth it when there are better restaurants to be had.
Overall we had a good time. Cute locatio ...
Overall we had a good time. Cute location. Nice team. Food was ok. No disappointments but war also didn't find any dish that blew us away. Decently priced. If they will boost their menu with few higher quality dishes I believe they can make it in this competitive area.
We were 4 and ordered a bunch of appetiz ...
We were 4 and ordered a bunch of appetizers and two orders of the kebabs (which say they are for two people to share) and I swear we could have gone out and ordered a pizza afterwards. I would order an entree next time- maybe the skewers were an appetizer to be shared??? Not enough food.
Arrived just in time for their happy hou ...
Arrived just in time for their happy hour (7 days a week from 5-7pm!) Ordered a bunch of small plates incl the hummus, roasted garlic eggplant dip, artichoke dip, branzini ceviche, zucchini pancake and a main - rib eye grilled brochette.
I would highly recommend the roasted garlic eggplant, artichoke dip and branzini ceviche (with arugula) - those were very unique and tasty and memorable.. They also paired well with a glass of red wine :)
Balzem is great for a girl's night out, a date night or a birthday. I would even venture bringing business clients to Balzem as well :)
lively neighborhood gem
Balzem has delicious food, a lively and fun atmosphere and great service. We really enjoy it. It is small, so it can get quite loud--so if you don't like a noisy restaurant, this would not be the place for you. Our server was very helpful and attentive. Food is reasonably priced. As is the case with most NYC restaurants, the wine by the glass is a bit expensive. Overall a really good experience.
Great for date night or girls night out
Amazing find, Balzem has a great wine list with reasonable prices and lots of vegetarian tapas. Truffle and mushroom pizza was delicious! Would recommend against the sampler platter, was not as large as we thought it would be, better to buy apps individually.
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