A longtime fave of pink brunchers in London, Balans’s first US venture is on Lincoln Road. Curiously, despite the laid-back locale, it’s more uptight than its Anglo counterpart. On our visit, wait staff wanted us to know that they’re only doing this job until the call from their agent comes through. Still, the food is good (a mix of Asian and Mediterranean, and keenly priced). And, unlike in London, the umbrellas outside are there to keep the sun off, not the rain.