The National Bar & Dining Rooms
The National Bar & Dining Rooms

The National Bar & Dining Rooms

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thenationalnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127152400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Mon - Fri 7:30am - 10:30am; Sat - Sun 8am - 10:30am
    Lunch: Mon - Fri 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Brunch: Sat - Sun 10:30am - 3:30pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Corsentino
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: The National presents The National Sessions each Sunday evening from 6pm to 10pm. Join us for this free weekly event featuring New York City bands performing an array of musical selections such as classic jazz, funk, blues, and more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 50th Street
  • Public Transit: Take 6 Train to 51 Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The National Bar & Dining Rooms
Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian brings his vision of a contemporary New York grand café to life at The National Bar & Dining Rooms. Housed in the same 1927 Emery Roth-designed building as The Benjamin Hotel, The National's all-occasion modern bistro offerings satiate guests from breakfast through late night. Modeled after the celebrated grand cafés in Europe, The National is both residential and metropolitan in design and offers thoughtful details such as antiqued mirrors, a bronze spiral staircase, distressed peacock blue and chocolate leather banquettes, classic marble table tops, and black and white glazed-tile flooring.

Each Sunday evening from 6pm to 10pm, The National features a lineup of New York City bands performing an array of musical selections such as classic jazz, funk, blues, and more.
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The National Bar & Dining Rooms reviews from OpenTable diners
168 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
70% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (58)great for lunch (32)neighborhood gem (31)vibrant bar scene (29)good for groups (28)great for brunch (21)special occasion (21)hot spot (21)romantic (19)late-night find (12)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great food and Sunday night music was very entertaining. Loved the atmosphere- felt like I was at a friends house for dinner. The service was ok- not amazing. Our server was very busy.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite
    CaToll
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    For NYC fairly reasonable...nice portions..yummy fish..great location for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Girlfrompa
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Stayed at the Benjamin and this was a pleasant surprise to have downstairs. I had the lamb shank and it was melt in your mouth delicious. Portions were on the smallish size but food was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    JDG221
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We ate here before a show. Staff was great getting us out on time and the food was delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super loud
    dealwalkerVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Good location, food has it's moments but if you want to have a private conversation, perhaps go somewhere else as tables are very close together and there is nothing to absorb the loud racket.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luv2dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Stayed at Hotel Benjamin so having National in lobby made a NYC entry after cross country flight an wonderful thing. Wife and I were bringing daughters to NY for first time. Were tired from flight and dressed casual but excited to eat in this restaurant. Both kids IRONCHEF fans. Were met at host stand by 2 women and a gentleman. He peeled off to greet a friend without any greeting. Two hostesses were cold and all business, a smile would have broken their faces. We felt unwelcome, bad first impression. Waiter was "Robkun" I believe, Indian accent. He and his team were FANTASTIC as was the food, he loved those girls up!! We relaxed and had a great bottle of Italian red, ate like kings and really enjoyed dinner, food exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very social
    National4NYC
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    lots of business meetings held quite vibrant, VERY NICE BREAKFAST.... all in all very happy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rather disappointing
    BooBooZan
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went to The National Bar because it was a place I had wanted to try for some time now. We began with a cheese-plate appetizer. They give a large amount of cheese but relatively little bread. We had to ask for more bread at least 3 times. Both of us tried the lamb shank, which I found to be surprisingly tasteless. The chocolate mousse dessert, however, was quite enjoyable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Notable decline since last visit
    amusebouche
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had a nice dinner here about 8 months ago and the place seems to have taken a turn for the worse since. Pork chop was dry and overcooked, the grits were served at barely room temperature, and our waiter disappeared for long periods of time so service was highly inattentive. In all fairness, there were some hits, raw oysters and the steak with fries were both very good. But I won't go back unless it is a business function I can't get out of and someone else is paying.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would not recommend anymore
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The noise level was horrible. Don't go there for a business lunch or a social lunch -- only if you don't want to actually speak to nor hear your dining partners. And the polenta was utterly tasteless. No cheese whatsoever.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent for the area
    Diningwithfamily
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I was looking for an easy place to take my parents and grandparent conveniently located near there hotel -- I chose The National. Overall the meal was pretty good. However, not all the dishes were up to par (the mac and cheese was good but when the Brussels sprouts were sold out, we chose the mushroom and polenta -- the polenta was just sad-- but a burger got rave reviews) and it was one of those meals where prices racked up quickly and I was left wondering what we'd really paid for. Final review: a well lit restaurant with comfortable seating. Some dishes were hits, some flops, and the prices are really meant for a corporate card.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food/location, poor service
    JeremyVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I was excited to try this place based in chef Jeffrey Zakarian's reputation. It's a great location and has a great vibe. The food was tasty, but my sandwich had onions (not listed on the menu) necessitating a trip back to my hotel too brush my teeth before seeing clients. The real diaappontment was the lackluster service. The folks at the maître de station were perfectly pleasant, but our waitress was essentially non-existent. After waiting a while to see her (understandable, given the lunch rush) she took our order and then was gone for the rest of the meal. No check-in on the food, and I had to flag down someone (else) to get my check. For these prices, you expect at least the barest level of customer service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I've enjoyed lunch here many times with a nice meal and service each time. Dinner this week was a disaster. The food was marginally acceptable. My crispy pork belly was soggy. My dinner guest requested medium rare and received well done. The food service took too long so sending it back wasn't an option. The service staff was either all new with no manager on duty or perhaps the restaurant caters to lunch and their dinner business is an after thought. I may consider lunch again but certainly not dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OTReview
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Fine option for those staying on the "hotel row" on Lex in midtown. Due to its location, it is full of tourists and not a Manhattan vibe. Waitstaff on my visit in Oct 2014 was fine. I did have a seating issue: I had a reservation and showed up on time. When I wanted to change my seat (even before water was poured) I received major attitude by the two 20-something know it all hostesses ("you've already been given a seat which you wanted to change and now you have to go to the back of the line" despite the fact the my reservation time was before anyone else in line…nice!). Other than that, a decent place to eat if you are staying in one of the local hotels and not feeling adventurous.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I never write reviews, but this place deserves one. I brought my mom here and our food was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    SEBurf
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We were so exited to go to Geoffry's restuarant and so disappointed afterwards. The service was the worst. Slow, had to ask for everything not friendly. Definitely not what one would expect from an Iron Chef's restaurant. With all the good places in NYC I doubt we'll return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not great
    Anonymous
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I'm a huge Zakarian fan, but the food here was good without being special or particularly memorable. Combined with a noise level that makes it hard for even a table of two to have a conversation, I'm sad to say that I'm unlikely to return.
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  • Ok Food - Grumpy Service
    nybebbiVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I go to The National Bar occasionally to have breakfast, and I ordered the egg frittata which was about ok. The atmosphere is nice and the restaurant is conveniently located. But the service has been inattentive and rather unfriendly. When I experienced this once before I thought it was a mishap. But it seems to be a trademark. The should better employ people who wake up early.
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  • food ok, terrible service
    HellsKitchenVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I went for breakfast with a reservation. It took them 10 minutes to seat me. I had to wait at least 20 minutes for the waitress to take the order. She did not come back to refill coffee etc. There are better places around this area for breakfast.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!
    EBFXVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This restaurant is so much fun and the food is fabulous. The service is perfect; everyone is lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The National
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Overall, very good meal. We started with cheese and charcuterie plates, and both were fantastic. At our table. three people had the grilled branzino, and all thought it was excellent. Issues were service and noise level. It was a business dinner, and the noise around our 6-top table in the back dining room was so loud we could not hold a group conversation. We asked the server to turn it down and it abated somewhat. Service overall was a bit disjointed. As mentioned, three of us had the branzino and two came out with the entrees, and the final one came out nearly 10 minutes later. Unfortunately, drink orders were so slow throughout the evening that during a full 3-hour dinner, each person in our group only had 2 cocktails or beers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Nakabode1
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Far too loud for any meaningful conversation. Food cold and not worth the price. Service good, but wait was long for main course. Far better options available nearby. It's too bad, because I have wanted to try the restaurant for a while after walking by while staying at hotel and nearby.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Must have good service to justify the price point. Didn't happen at lunch here.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was good but not great. We went on Sunday around 3pm for a late lunch. Had the burger. Nothing special but it was good.
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  • AngeloVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great service,food outstanding location convent to Waldorff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Food, Nice Location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a moderately good experience here. The food was very tasty, but the selection was quite limited. The service was fine, but not amazing. The location is convenient for those staying at one of the many midtown hotels. Definitely a nice meal, but not worth a special trip.
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  • Food decent, service slow
    NDgirlVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Went here because it was in my hotel. and had no idea that it was Geoffrey Zakarian's restaurant. Didn't live up to other Iron Chef restaurants for me. Menu is relatively small. Food was good, but not special. Service was very very slow. Went to Bar Americain the next night (Bobby Flay) and it was a much better experience all around. Noise level also pretty high.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok food, horrible service
    joaovalVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had a 21:30 reservation after going to the US Open finals and we were staying at the hotel where the restaurant is located. We got there at 21:20 and even with empty tables the hostess said we couldn't seat... so we waited for 10' without any reason. She was very rude when we asked if we could seat, assuming there were empty places... 'your reservation is for 21:30 and you will be seated at 21:30'... The food was ok, however it took 40' to be delivered... In the end of the day, it doesn't if you are a famous chef, you need to treat your customers fairly! Will not go back and will not recommend it...
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  • Notable Night at Thr National
    PSARBR
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Here on a three-day holiday weekend, we wanted to dine at a relaxed, upscale restaurant close to our hotel. We found it in the National. The special cocktails were amazing and the bonus was the live entertainment on Sunday evening. Be sure to reserve a table in the bar to best enjoy the music.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal Ever!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I ordered the braised lamb shank, it was one of the best meals I've ever had - meat was "fall off" the bone, tender and full of flavor. Will definitely return next time I'm in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unacceptable Customer Service
    DAHSF
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was one of the worst dining experiences I can remember. The hostess was downright hostile and frankly if my friend had not insisted, we would have left then and there. She was rude to both of us, and made it seem like she was doing us a favor by allowing us to eat at her restaurant. I asked to see the manager - and shockingly, he not only was defensive he demanded to know "what she said" to us that was rude. HUH?? I actually told him how she treated us and he said that "couldn't be" as "no one" complained about her. Well, after the meal, I checked Yelp, and this was flat out a lie. At least a half dozen reviews mentioned the RUDE hostess and manager. We will never recommend this restaurant. Terrible experience.
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  • Not Iron Chef quality
    Fan2z
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The risotto was average and the branzino was tasteless. My companion liked the lamb shank. One of the specialty drinks was unavailable... really? But the red carpet which was suggested was good. Very disappointed as I was looking forward to eating at one of my favorite chef's restaurants. Will probably not return.
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  • Taking care of business
    Sullynne
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Dined here last evening and ordered a particular dish. When it arrived my waiter noticed that I was less than thrilled with the dish. He asked more than once, are you sure you wouldn't rather exchange it and so I did. I was much more pleased with the second choice and the waiter's notice was so appreciated. He really handled it so well and I appreciated his attention to detail. What a great experience. Handled so well.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Simply put, this was my first time at the National and I would certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Noisey
    gcfloresVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Kymberly Messersmith is a regular at the Benjamin Hotel and the National restaurant, but on this visit for lunch on 8/26, the level of noise was too much for a business time lunch. The food is consistenly good and so is the services, but please do something about the noise....
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food was very good! However the restaurant was not very full on the evening we dined and the service was slow. Other than that we had a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Elise
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Service was mediocre. Waitress was not friendly and seemed annoyed we were there. Omelet was good; potatoes on the side were inedible - so salty! Toast was cold.
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  • Very mediocre given the price
    Erik
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The staff was very nice (my poor service review is the bar), however there were several issues. The drinks were extremely slow to arrive - not sure what was going on at the bar, but it was a good 10-15 minutes to get a drink. We were even there early and the place was almost empty. We ordered another round and had finished dinner before the drinks showed up. The food was ok - ordered the ugly burger medium and it came out rare and cold. Not sure I would go back here given the lots of other great choices.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rampant1VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Always an interesting menu and well executed meal at the National but the service and overall dining experience has been off just about every time I've gone. This past trip featured broken glass shards in my plate due to a nearby dropped glass, which the server less-than-emphatically apologized for after being told about it. Ten minutes later another dropped glass just feet behind me. Add to this the wait times for just about everything, and the noise level, and you have an experience you'd rather forget. The saving grace is that the food is always good and interesting. I was excited to use the pay-from-your-phone app but was never offered dessert or coffee. I was left to assume our meal was over, pay, and get up and leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    LoveroffoodVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Have never had a bad meal at The National. The wine by the glass selection was as always very good. The dishes on the Restaurant Week menu was plentiful and extensive. Can you do something about the noise level? When we arrived the noise level in the bar area was out of this world, we requested for a quieter table and was given one in the dining room area but once that filled up the noise level was the same. Love the restaurant but help, my ears can't take the beating from the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic