Monkey Bar
Monkey Bar

Monkey Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.monkeybarnewyork.com/
  • Phone: 2122881010x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30AM -3:00PM
    Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:30PM-11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Park and Madison
  • Public Transit: 4,5,6,N,Q,R at 60th or E,M at 5th Ave and 53rd St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public parking lot on each side of Monkey Bar.
A word from Monkey Bar
Established in 1936, Monkey Bar was returned to its former glory in 2009 by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter.

The dining room's lush red leather banquettes and dim, attractive lighting have restored the fizzy thrill of dining in a restaurant - both attractive and cozy - and harken back to a bygone era when a gentleman never left the house without a tie and a lady always had a pair of white gloves in her purse.

Monkey Bar's menu boasts American classics alongside seasonal dishes using sustainable and organic products whenever possible.

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Monkey Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (48)romantic (39)vibrant bar scene (36)neighborhood gem (31)great for lunch (29)fit for foodies (25)hot spot (20)good for groups (16)notable wine list (15)late-night find (11)great for brunch (7)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Nice find
    WillVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We arrived early and had a drink in the bar and ended up eating in the bar. Very quiet and great atmosphere. Food was very good Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only fair this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I am a Monkey Bar frequent flyer but this time the service was sleepy and the restaurant was virtually empty. That said I have had so many good lunches and drinks here that I will consider this an aberration and will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a treat!
    lhnyc
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Food. Service. Atmosphere. 100%. Would go back in a flash. What a fantastic experience. Well situated. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be something.
    Pushkin
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    But now no more. Loved this place years ago. Hadn't been since 2012 when it was still packed and delicious. On a recent Saturday night it was empty. Waiter and staff were rude to everyone--from my table to the 3 other tables that were occupied:abruptly and intrusively clearing plates and utensils in a bizarre way that nearly had them leaning their torsos in your face. Curt and distinctly icy attitudes even from the bus boy. The entire staff seems to actually take pleasure trying to throw shade on pleasure. Yelp echoes all this strangeness but I couldn't believe those reviews were legit. Such a disappointment to learn this place really is garbage now. Food was bland nothingness. And my beloved monkey bread was "accidentally" served COLD.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine restaurant for all time
    AshawVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The Monkey Bar has been around for a long time, and sometimes that is enough. The restaurant is delightful, still. Old school elegance and fine food. Regular coffee leaves something to be desired, but the expresso was great. Looking forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The service was fair at best. Our waitress promptly asked us if we wanted anything besides water and when we asked her to give us a few minutes to look at the menu she disappeared for many minutes. When she returned we ordered our lunch and she went away from the table without asking us about drinks. Some time passed before the food arrived, brought by two bus boys. When our waitress still did not return to the table we caught the eye of one of the bus boys and ordered drinks, which our waitress brought. She was always pleasant, just inattentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • History of The Monkey Bar
    Bellanotte
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The Monkey Bar remains a rare find for ambiance. Nothing commercial about this little gem & a must see for history buffs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great scene
    Chloe
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went for restaurant week. The food was great but small portioned, and we got a bottle of wine! The service was flawless and it was affordable! All in all you can't beat the scene at the Monkey bar. Go mon-thursday
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and ambiance
    mercenyc
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food here was delicious and a fun twist on some classics. The wine selection is good. I very much appreciated the decor and the atmosphere of the restaurant as well. It makes you feel as if you were in a different era. The waitstaff were very attentive and professional - I appreciate it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ambiance
    epfa
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Iconic New York. The mural is incomparable and worth the visit. Bar is fun and lively albeit a bit loud.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic for foodies
    Roxy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    It is about an elegant and refined restaurant where you can eat really really well, we had a salmon Carpaccio, a crab cake, some agnolotti, the chicken, a chocolate mousse, a cheese cake. Everything was great, exept of the cheese cake that was second rate compared to the whole dinner that was very delicious. The servise is good, I appreciated everything
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • deliciousVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    love monkey bar even when not restaurant week disappointed in dessert and entrée they have had better restaurant week menus
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classy old NYC vibe
    TMVFA
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great dinner. Seating in booth very comfortable. Welcomed when entering restaurant. Beautifully decorated. Not rushed and had private dinner. Would go back
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food!
    Genia
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went for Restaurant week and the food and service was really good, the portions were really small, but I guess that's what they do during restaurant week. I recommend the Lemon Miso Panacota for desert, it was DELICIOUS!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Too many French fries on plate ,heaped up and falling off plate, very unelegant presentation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool place. Great wait staff.
    Hawaii50
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is a very cool and hip restaurant that has a vibrant bar scene as you walk in the door. The ambience is cozy yet fun and the staff are very friendly and helpful. We would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bucketlist New York
    BucketlistNewYorkVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This is a New York gem! I honestly enjoyed the ambience and service more than I enjoyed the food. If you are looking for a classic New York spot, look no further. This spot has an amazing New York themed mural by Ed Sorrell depicting Hollywood celebrities such as Fred Estaire, Babe Ruth, etc. The servers are charming and really know how to cater to their guests. The food was good, but nothing over the top or impressive. The gazpacho was supposed to have shrimp and avocado in it, and I found a tiny little piece of both at the bottom which was disappointing. I would definitely come back for a cozy night during the winter. Fantastic drinks as well!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere and design
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Loved the design of Monkey Bar - sat in the front in a booth with friends and enjoyed the ambience. Food was also good - with good cocktails :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • freddiVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Better than we expected.Food was delicious and well presented.Service was as good as you can get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service could have been better
    DCristinaR
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Went to Monkey Bar as part of Restaurant week and ambiance was great. I dont usually go this fancy, but figured it was a nice occasion, as we were spending time with some out of towners. Not a place for vegetarians, but we ordered the Fava Bean ravioli and specifically told the waiter my boyfriend was vegetarian, and there was still meat in his dish. Otherwise, food and service were fine. Just be very clear with staff about allergies or limitations. Even though they asked, and we told them, if its important to you, say it more than just . . . three times.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So cool
    Retro
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Beautiful and fun vibe. Food was great. Specialty drinks were wonderful. Cheesecake and toffee bread pudding delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dreameroscarVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Love the classic Old New York feel of this place. The decor and service lived up to the hype, but the food was standard. Probably not a good idea to try it during Restaurant Week!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A NY Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great NY classic, perfect for cocktails and oysters
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Bishbam
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The dining room is beautiful. The service and food was perfection. The overall experience was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Total disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Terrible wine regardless of price. Food mediocre at the best. Very disappointing
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • kokomo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Outstanding treat next to Hotel Elysee between Park and Madison on 54th. Great bartender! Top quality. (No photos allowed - that can be a good thing.)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet Monkey!
    BRR59
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Enjoyed the evening very much. Wonderful food and service. Very expensive but worth every penny. The cocktails were the best in the city, the pork chop was outstanding, and the toffee bread pudding was fantastic. The classy decor and solid service finished the evening with style.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cool space, not so great food
    mina
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    worst cobb salad i've ever had. but the coolest space and great service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic dining experience!
    Mikey
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have been to the Monkey Bar several times and have NEVER been disappointed. We go to celebrate special occasions. The service is excellent and food amazing!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exciting venue food just ok
    HefeVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    ambiance is great wonderful and historic bar and dining room service was excellent a bit pricey but not over the top gispacho soup was A+ as was their build your own sundae, but our two entrees were unremarkable will try again as we liked the atmosphere and hopefully our next selections will be better
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Popsy
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    As long been on our list, but first time to make. Had an early dinner in the dining room. Food was solid, if not especially memorable. Very active bar scene, quiet dining room with iconic murals. Service was friendly and efficient. Would definitely stop back for lunch or quick bite when in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    crottyjdVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great spot for dinner especially before theater! Steak was excellent and it was a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bar area better
    finikyVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Looked forward to our dinner here because of many recommendations. The bar area which is separate is charming and quite crowded. The restaurant is large and a bit dated but still nice. The food, very good as well as the service. The most unappealing thing (unfortunately not the servers fault) there was a couple directly in the middle of the restaurant that were treating the dinner like they were in an intimate private room! People seated into the area actually requested moving! They were the first impression you had of the restaurant as you entered! I did notice others who also entered during our dinner and lets just say if you are into people watching (not stars) you should go here otherwise find another spot or eat in the bar!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and lovely setting
    Smamf
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This restaurant not only serves exceptional food and yummy cocktails, the decor and ambiance is brilliant. The crab cake was delicious, the burger was OMG worthly and the cocktails washed it all down nicely. This place is a bit of a celeb hangout also! I saw Kelly Rutherford (Lily van der Woodsen - Gossip Girl) dining there. All in all a fantasic evening spent at this cool New York spot.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Old School Feel
    CiroVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    the Decor was great the food was great. Old New York. No school like the Old School
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food/drinks
    Calzi
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Great broccoli soup and burger. Excellent service. Dine early!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love monkeys
    BrooklynfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Love the decor and the Mad Men vibe, but our sour-faced waiter definitely dampened my enjoyment of the meal. There are many fine places to have lunch in mid-town for these prices and I think they can do better. Be gracious and welcoming, not cold and dismissive! The food, while good, was extremely salty. I'd go back for a dirty martini at the bar and some great people watching.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorites!
    StSimon
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Great concept - red banquettes, interesting murals, white table cloths; elegant yet comfortable. Servers friendly and attentive. Had the pork chop - tender, succulent and tasty. Husband had burger and fries; fries a tad soggy but still good. We love the ambiance so we keep coming back. Saw a lot of couples dining and some business groups. Nice to see that most everyone was dressed appropriately for dinner out in a classy restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    1spoileddiner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The aymosphere was very old fashioned and cozy. The food was delicious and well prepared and portion sizes were just right. The vest dessert of three was the cookies. I was really disappointed by our server, he was not warm or welcoming and acted strangely when I asked for vodka instead of gin im my mixed drink and he seemed to have no idea about abailable cocktails as we asked for an apple martini and he returned to the table a few moments later and said they did not serve those. The food runners were the nicest and most friendly. Good food and disappointing service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Our experience at Monkey Bar for lunch was just lovely. Food was outstanding as was the service. I will definitely be back for lunch and dinner.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.