Food For Thought — March 25, 2015 at 3:15 pm

This Mediterranean Gem Won Our Hearts (and Our Stomachs)



Nolita is home to many hip and trendy bars and restaurants and Balzem is no exception. The Mediterranean bistro gives off a rustic, intimate vibe from the moment you step in, thanks in part to its exposed brick walls, reclaimed pine wood bar, vintage mirrors and custom-made chandeliers. Additionally, you will find comfortable bistro seating, cherry wood tables and no shortage of beautifully displayed wine racks.

Customers can take a seat at the bar, where they can choose from imported beers, a selection of Mediterranean wines from small-estate vineyards, and specialty cocktails — or, better yet, they can enjoy lunch, dinner or weekend brunch at the restaurant. Chef and restauranteur Balahan Bobus created a superb menu, featuring an array of classic Mediterranean dishes, many of which are family recipes, and modernizing them. The menu is largely comprised of mezzes (or tapas), perfect for trying numerous dishes and sharing amongst friends. Standouts include Crevette Grille, a grilled shrimp dish served with zucchini and spices; Branzini Ceviche, a unique twist on ceviche using branzini, arugula and dill; and Prosciutto Wraps, stuffed with burrata on a bed of peppers and drizzled with balsamic.

Entrees are a bit more hearty, with options such as lamb, chicken or ribeye Grilled Brochette, which is served on skewers with herb and yogurt dip and tortillas, Chicken Farci, Soft Shell Crab, and more. Pair your entree with some of their tantalizing sides, like Truffle Mac n’ Cheese, Potato Truffle Gratin, or Grilled Asparagus. Although it may be a challenge, saving room for dessert is a must — their French Napoleon and Chocolate Fudge Cakes are the stuff dreams are made of. Ask for their sommelier’s help with pairing wines with your dishes and you won’t regret it.

Whether you need a quick reprieve from the New York weather, a night out with friends, or a romantic date, Balzem wears many hats and can satisfy each and every need. So pop on over and let them know we sent you!

Twisted Talk: Have you been to Balzem before? What’s your favorite dish? Discuss below!


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