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Banc Cafe - 43 Reviews - 431 3rd Ave, New York, NY - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (212) 252-0146

Banc Cafe

431 3rd Ave (at East 30th Street)
New York, NY 10016
(212) 252-0146
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My girlfriends and I stumbled upon Banc for my bachelorette party after my reservations were screwed up at Tonic. So, the manager,Tom, was kind enough to accommodate me and my 7...


Pros: location Cons: overcrowed -- staff treat clients like sheep!

Best place on 3rd! 11/19/2010

My girlfriends and I stumbled upon Banc for my bachelorette party after my reservations were screwed up at Tonic. So, the manager,Tom, was kind enough to accommodate me and my 7 other bridesmaids last minute for dinner. We explained the situation and within 15 minutes he seated us in this cozy booth and we had our cocktails in no time. Our waiter Jesse was the sweetest and the service was exceptional. The food was absolutely amazing!!! The lobster ravioli is to die for as well as the eggplant parm and gnocchi. (And very reasonable) Overall I recommend Banc to anyone wanting to have great food, drinks, service, music etc etc Thank you so much Tom and Jesse for making my night amazing! We will be back! more

New York's Best Murry Hill/Kips Bay Hot Spot 4/22/2010

Banc is a great place for friends to go and have lunch or dinner. It is also a great place for parties. It is a fun place, inexpensive and has a nice decor. It is a neighborhood place in which you will see many locals walking up and down 3rd avenue. It was actually recommended to me by a friend who lives in this area, and I was there for lunch with my family last week. Great outdoor seating too. Pros: Friendly Service, Great Menu. Outdoor Patio Seating!! more

Great atmosphere 11/29/2009

Pros: Everything to my liking Cons: None that I know of more

Nice Place 7/31/2009

I go to Banc pretty often, as I live in the area. I usually go on Fridays. The food is great and the music is very good when the DJ's are there(thurs-sat i think). There was a DJ there on Fridays for most of this year who was awesome, although I don't remember his name, but he hasn't been there in a few weeks. I hope he comes back, it's not the same without him. Other than that, this is a great place to hang out any time of the day. Pros: Great food, nice atmosphere, good music Cons: not many more

a jewel on third avenue 7/21/2009

My wife and I were strolling on thrid avenue monday after work looking for a place to eat when we stopped to check out the menu at Bance. Pros: Food /service /menu variety/wait staff Cons: N O N E more

Great Brunch Place 3/26/2009

I came here with some hard-to-please picky eaters. So much so I was stressed out trying to find a place that makes everyone happy. I'm so thankful I went to Banc Cafe. We had a party of 6 here for Sunday brunch. The staff was extremly friendly without being overbearing. They kep the bread basket and water/coffee filled without asking. The menu was varied enough for everyone to find something that looked good (amazing) and even better, everyone was very ahhoy with their meals. The prices were decent. Did not feel rushed at all, even though by the time we left, the place was hopping, with what looked like 90% of the tables full, people around the bar, etc. Plus there's outdoor tables for the nice weather. Overall a wonderful place, can't wait to return. Pros: Friendly staff, nice ambiance, delicious food more

keeps getting better!! 1/21/2009

banc is one of those real neighbourhood bars you hear about. I moved out of Murray Hill about a year ago and i still go back at least once a week, two weeks max. Dj's are great, live music on sundays. staff have been there forever which is always a good sign. Food and drinks are always top notch. Def a bit of a scene at the weekends but isnt that a good thing??? see you next week guys! Pros: good value strong drinks, cool staff Cons: nada more

Great place 1/14/2009

i think the food and drinks are great! staff is very atentive and friendly! But Not a big fan of rude english girl bartender, have been there a few times and she is always seems put out by the people at the bar and makes slappy drinks, would recommended but just sit away from the bar! more

Decent place for a drink 11/23/2008

This place is a good place to go for an after work drink, at night to start you out, for brunch, or dinner. Pretty eclectic kind of place. The crowd can be annoying but if you go with some friends, grab a table and hang out, its a good time. more

Great after work bar! 8/28/2008

I highly reccommned this place. I had a work/birthday happy hour there last thurs and I reserved some tables by the front windows. It was very comfortable setting, not too crowded and the staff was very nice and attentive. Happy hour deal is great especially the $6.00 martinis/cosmos they have going til 12 a.m. on thursdays and they even supplied a free platter of food for my group..which was quite yummy. A really good night overall. Will definitely go again! Pros: happy hour specials, food (burger was great), ambiance more

I love it here 5/29/2008

I found this bar while searching online for somewhere new to go. I came with a bunch of friends and we were all really happy with this place. The bartender was super nice and was pouring all of us ridiculously awesome and strong drinks. We were so happy with the service that we all stayed for dinner. Great night, great bar. We will definitely be back. Pros: Good food, relaxed bar, great drinks more

Below Average 5/26/2008

I went to happy hour at Banc Cafe with three friends one night not too long ago. Sitting outside on a nice day was great but the drinks were not well made. I ordered a margarita on the rocks and it was disgusting. I actually had to send it back, it was so unpalatable. Their signature cocktails are full of syrups and were not much better. We tried a sampling of appetizers and they were just OK. With so many great outdoor seating areas in the city, I'm not sure why this one is still popular. Pros: nice outdoor spot Cons: horrible cocktails and average food more

its a nice bar 4/6/2008

This is a great bar. I have had lovely meals and good wine here, also there is always a buzzing atmosphere. The staff are freindly and professional. The best bar in the area in my openion. Pros: always a good buzz Cons: can be a bit messy late at night more

Quesadilla's 3/26/2008

Have hung out here a few times and i love the place! It has a very relaxed atmosphere but our server was on top of everything! We like to go to Banc after work and just grab food & a couple of drinks. Def recommend the food, especially the Quesadilla's! Pros: The food more

trendy and cozy 2/2/2008

Having good food sitting on sidewalk was very nice. Oysters were really fresh for summertime! Place have class yet little snobish. Gotta get more space to flourish considering hot location. Pros: classy drinks, good food Cons: tight, can be crowded more

Editorial review from GrubHub 1/20/2008

Love this Restaurant! The owner really cares about the quality of the food to go. more

Nice Addition To Neighborhood..... 11/1/2007

Banc is modern, cool and yet still remains a homey. It's a nicer, upscale departure from the crowded, standardized bars/ restaurants on 3ave (read Joshua Tree). The food is american, they have a sports bar. Food is pretty good. I had the French onion soup which was surprisingly good and a salad which was equally good. It's a very mixed crowd. Prices are slightly higher than at other places but, you get what you pay for. They have a seperate bar menu which seems to make it a nice place for couples to hang out, eat a little and watch the games at. more

avoid having your birthday here! 9/30/2007

someone call al sharpton! i had my 30th birthday there. my two professional friends came to meet me there and were turned away by the bouncers because they looked ""to urban."" i wanted specifics as to what that meant; was it my friends timberlands or his afro? all the bouncer had to say was talk to the manager. he wouldn't get into it. the manager came opened the door--Prentended to look at who was outside. she had the door open for a half of second. then said she couldn't do it. the funniest part was that we had called prior reserving tables and no one mentioned a dress code. my friends had to leave and all i can say is that the management of this place is disgusting. if you have different enthnicities of friends don't plan your birthday party there because they won't get in!! i love you g!! more

Never lets you down 8/1/2007

Always a good place to start off the night. The food is good the atmosphere good. Never lets you dwn. Pros: Good spot Cons: Cant think of any more

Attentive staff, unfriendly patrons 6/9/2007

I guess we should have expected it. On Third Avenue,with a name like THE BANC. Lots of suits and ties. The ties pulled slightly open, the white shirts unbuttoned at the collar. The crowd plenty white. The place was packed at 9:30 and people kept coming. More and more. We didn't see anyone leave! There was a DJ, but the music was played at a talkable volume. Although we had to wait about 1/2 an hour for a table, the staff was really accommodating: keeping on eye on a table for us, rearranging the furniture to make more room, making sure we knew they were trying. Finally we were seated at a great table by the open windows. A waitress was prompt in taking our orders, and came back frequently to make sure everything was okay. They did their best and deserve an A. Unfortunately the rest of the crowd was as friendly as a wolfman during the full moon. NO ONE came over to talk to us. No one even smiled at us. Maybe because we weren't wearing suits. Maybe because we had only one pretty girl with us, and she was obviously ""taken."" I don't know. But the place reeked of in-crowd (off-work Muppies) and out-crowd (the rest of us). I guess you have to be in before you earn a smile. --Drink Club is a roving group of NYC drinkers Pros: attentive staff, talkable music volume Cons: other patrons more
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  • DJs spin weekends at Manhattan restaurant and bar serving internationally inspired appetizers, raw bar, entrees and salads.

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Sun: 11am-11pm
  • Payments:

    Discover, Diner's Club, Visa, Master Card, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Kips Bay, Midtown