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
172 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.8
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
74% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (59)great for lunch (43)neighborhood gem (39)vibrant bar scene (32)good for groups (31)great for brunch (29)special occasion (28)hot spot (24)romantic (22)late-night find (11)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AngeloVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great service,food outstanding location convent to Waldorff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, poor service, nice room
    Gulliver
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We enjoyed the food immensely but the service was indifferent bordering on rude. It was early and the place was not overly busy. Yes, we ordered from the restaurant week pre-fix, but we also had cocktails, wine and after dinner drinks. The check was $180 plus tip. Not reason for such service. Maybe it was just a bad night, but perhaps this waiter should find a new line of work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food
    FoodieMel
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I ordered from the Restaurant Week menu, and was happy to see a vegetarian entree option (which doesn't always happen at a lot of places). I had the Market Salad, Sweet Corn Risotto, and Lemon Pound Cake. The food was all delicious, service was great, and we had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the National!
    FooDVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The staff at the National is top notch! They got us in for lunch exactly on time...no waiting. The decor is clean and elegant, without being pretentious. The food was delicious. Id recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Wonderful 3-course menu perfect for our late arrival.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliable
    Mllen
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have never been disappointed here. There are plenty of choices and the food is always good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The National Remains at the Top
    mgsgeo
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Outstanding food as always. Restaurant week portions can be small, but not at the National. Third time here and will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Brunch was fine, but nothing special. Dinner was not great. Loud band playing and undercooked burger.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is Zakarian's food???
    IamAfoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were here for restaurant week. The appetizer was lamb neck, the flavor would have been good if it wasn't way too salty! Then for the entrée we had branzino, the skin was so burnt it made the entire fish bitter, the sides weren't any better. At least the chocolate mousse w/strawberry sorbet was good. 1 out of 3. I expected better from Zakarian. Then the service, the waiter did not seem to care. When the bill came, they charged us a supplement of I think $13 each for the lamb neck, which did not have a supplemental charge. I always make sure the bill is correct, and especially since I did read reviews saying they get the bills wrong. I should have listened to the reviews about the bad food & service, & billing errors, bc they are all true!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food ok
    foodiefanVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Overall we liked the food. Pork chop and Brussels sprouts were excellent. The potatoes accompanying the branzino were almost inedible as they were so sour. Fish / branzino was a trifle overcooked and not at all moist.Service was great. Music was too noisy. Speakers everywhere playing thumping club music at 7:30 pm dinner, really? Took my appetite away. Was expecting more from Zacharian.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not at all what i expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    i expected a restaurant of chef zakarian's to be classy in the environment and excellent in the food categories and was truly disappointed in both. from the greeting at the door by two disinterested very young women in jeans to the inattentive waiter who had to be forced to bring coffee at the end of the meal to the overly salty branzino and hard as a rock lemon pound cake this restaurant is a nightmare to be avoided at all costs. shame on you chef zakarian!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not for restaurant week
    Pontuquesi
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Food was not full of taste or pair to its reputation, at least the options served on the restaurant week menu... Pea gazpacho with neutral flavor roasted chicken with a very light tasting sauce and a sorbet that could be bought at a supermarket
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Lacking service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We dined at The National on a quiet Sunday evening. The food was excellent,t he service however was lacking. After cocktails, I ordered a bottle of wine for our table. We sat unattended for almost 30 minutes with empty cocktail glasses. When our server finally brought us the wine, she noted that it wasn't cool enough and suggested she put it on ice for a bit and walked away. The service staff brought our appetizers and we proceeded to eat the entire course without any wine. Our waitress returned 15 minutes later and poured the wine. I ordered another bottle and the same routine followed - we finished our first bottle of wine and ate our entrees with nothing but water to drink. The second bottle was served as we ordered dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food and service were both fantastic. The courses were timed perfectly. The rosemary infused vodka tea specialty cocktail...oh my word. And it paired perfectly with the juicy roasted chicken (I was worried) with barley risotto entree. The chocolate mousse dessert? Out of this world. The pea gazpacho app was perfectly light and summery. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Mandifer531VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Salad was salty and my egg breakfast had no flavor. Highly disappointing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My friend and I met my daughter here for dinner on a one-day visit to NYC. We ordered from the restaurant week menu since they were offering the entrees we wanted. Great food and surprisingly large portions. Service was also great. Noise level is high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food 5, Bathroom 0
    FrequentdinnerdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Hate nongender-specific bathrooms especially when bar is big focus of a restaurant. Yuck! If have to remain co-ed, ditch the horseshoe toilet seat which only adds insult to injury (to women).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Promising, but could be better
    Chauncey
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Well located. There is a dearth of good spots for business dinners in midtown, if you can believe it. The appetizers were delicious, the entrees more average. The service could be better, and I was frankly surprised at that given the price point. I had a business dinner for five, and the waiter was not of the caliber you would expect. He seemed out of it, didn't seem to care, was not attentive, etc.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food and Service-Greeters meh
    PMG216VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food is always good here , solid classics. Yesterday's pea gazpacho was delicious and it's worth going just for that brocolini side dish. Service is professional although not particularly warm and friendly. And the people who greet you at the door and answer the phone are usually not very warm and friendly. I eat here all the time yet never once has anyone said "Welcome back" as many other restaurants do. Yesterday the greeter took my name then proceeded to answer the phone and stay on the phone while we stood there. Finally another person came along and seated us. It's a disservice to a really nice little restaurant. Friends and colleagues who go here feel the same way.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.