Banc Café

Restaurants , American Kips Bay
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Banc Café
Banc Café

The owners of Sunnyside’s rustic hangout Blooms Public House—which burned down in 2003—now run this seductive restaurant-cum-lounge. The space boasts a vaulted-arch ceiling and a sleek bar adorned with imported Italian beers. The plates are large and impressive too, especially the tender charred yellowfin tuna and a chopped-sirloin burger that dripped with juice. Finicky eaters can craft a whole meal from the tapas menu: golden cubes of fried Brie are served with prosciutto slices and a sweet port-wine reduction, and coconut shrimp is paired with a sweet papaya-mango-pineapple salsa. Add a weekend DJ and happy hour from 5 to 8pm and it’s no wonder why so many tapas-and-’tini-loving locals are sticking around the neighborhood come nightfall.


Venue name: Banc Café
Address: 431 Third Ave
New York
Cross street: at 30th St
Opening hours: Daily 11am–4am
Transport: Subway: 6 to 28th St
Price: Average main course: $20. AmEx, MC, V
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Banc is a prime example of Murray Hill's ongoing transition from "Bro-Town USA" to "neighborhood where you can actually hang out without feeling like you're still in college".

Situated a stone's throw from such haunts as Joshua Tree and Mercury Bar, Banc is less "rowdy Happy Hour with the boys" and more "casual date night or even dinner with your parents". The decor is basically an Irish pub with a facelift, with retro fixings and a slightly bohemian vibe. 

The fare is standard pub grub, but again, better than standard. Burgers and sandwiches are the safe bet, but the real star is their brunch menu. Come here on a warm Sunday afternoon and enjoy one of their awesome egg dishes as you watch the bros stumble by. 

Eric N

The friendliest staff in the city! Food is amazing. Come for dinner stay for the nightlife. Always something going on with a Dj during the night or Live music on Sunday nights.

Maria M

Love this restaurant! From the outside, it looks like a fancy and expensive French bistro, but it's actually completely affordable. Delicious food, great drinks (happy hour lasts until 10 PM on Thursdays!), and such a lovely ambiance. Dark and cozy - perfect for a date night or low key night out with friends. Looking forward to going back... for my third time!