Ask owner Paul Qassis if he thinks The Balcony is, first and foremost, a restaurant, catering hall, lounge or supper club and he'll quickly tell you that it's "all of the above." Whether that's trying to be too many things to too many people isn't completely clear, but it's certainly ambitious.
Located in a primarily residential part of Carlstadt, on the outside The Balcony looks a little Romanesque, complete with statuettes recessed into the exterior walls. Inside, the venue is divided into several sections, capable of holding a total of about 240 guests.
The front dining room/lounge area, with its welcoming fireplace, can seat 35 and features a brightly lit bar, big-screen TVs and some couches and comfy chairs. The large "supper club" area in the back, with another bar and a dance floor, hosts shows and DJs, as well as weddings and Sweet 16 parties. The namesake balcony, with a third bar, looks down from above.
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