Monkey Bar

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American
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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EviNYC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waiter could have been more friendly. Beautiful dining room, very good food, expensive.

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PedroV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is very kind and attentive. The food was delicious. Will return!

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vipThalie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Went for lunch. Service is very good. Top notch. But the food was bleh. Soup du jour was very tasty. And was smelling so good but the Chinese chicken salad was kind of gross.
Price are a little too high regarding quality of the salad.
Will not go again.

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vipDrA1
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! LOve everything about it Very romantic and decor is great Dr.A

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AniaA
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Extremely overpriced
Food is ok nothing out of the ordinary
The ambiance is nice

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MatthewT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our parents here after a show. Their first time in the city. Was a real NYC type of night!

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1Savvygirl
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

THE PERFECT place to spend Valentine's Day!
No prix fix b.s... great wine, cheeseburgers & romance
I love the ambience. Consistently of my favorite spots on the upper east side.

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JakeN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really solid. Upscale without being pretentious. The seafood had lots of flavor. It couldn’t have been better.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun night with my husband on his birthday weekend in NYC. Nice food and good service in an iconic spot.

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vipHowardF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I loved everything about our dinner. The ambiance, cocktails, service and food were all outstanding. A bit on the expensive side but worth it. Will definitely be back soon.

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JoeDining
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious and pleasant dinner experience.

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Eatwell
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Some did the restaurant week menu and some did not. All were delighted by the 30s-40's environment, luxurious seating, and impressed with the food, which was not especially adventurous but was a creative and thoughtful take on standards-- meticulously prepared. The swordfish rw portion was too small--but delicious; pork loin medallions were excellent, pappardelle ditto. The servers were knowledgeable and gracious. Cocktails and wine list were exceptional but pricey. The dining was unhurried; staff pampered without being ingratiating. Monkey Bar is out of my price range and most everyone's, except for great occasions and rw, which is a great shame. I don't ever give gushy reviews but this was just plain fun and delicious.

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barb
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week and weren’t disappointed. The only wish was that the server had pointed out that the suggested pairing of the red wine was less expensive that what I got when I requested a house red. I guess I did mention Cabernet, but still.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lit. I got crumpled off of gin and tonics and balled so hard.

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MiloshH
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

I made a booking for 4 people in advance, but in the end we were 5.
The manager at the desk made our 5th friend leave saying the table was just for 4 people and that the restaurant was overbooked, but when we were seated, we found out the restaurant was half empty till closing and our table would easily seat 7 people. That was very disappointing.

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vipChrisT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old iconic NY restaurant built in 1934. Gorgeous surroundings with vintage monkey furnishings, etc. Main dining room is beautiful and looks newly done.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent. Best service.

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vipannette
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally got to The Monkey Bar - wish I had gone sooner. Old NY at it's best.
Elegant and refined, spectacular food and service. Would definitely recommend to friends and co-workers.

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NadineB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Restaurant Week winter 2020 menu. Monkey Bar might be my new favorite.

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vipjalma
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Restaurant Week lunch with a friend. Love the ambiance of the room. Food was delicious. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Nice, relaxing meal.

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PamE
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Week menu before theatre - always an excellent value and the staff gets us out in time to make the show!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the ambiance unique, like we stepped back in time a little and the service was wonderful. I will be making return visits for sure.

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vipLHHSr
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch during Restaurant Week and were quite pleased. Food and service were excellent. We will definitely visit again.

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vipNats1
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am now 67 years old, and I believe my first visit to The Monkey Bar was with my Dad when I was 10 or 11 years old. Now retired, I have many fond memories over the past 35 or 40 years there. Eddie was our server and bartender, and he was great. In my life, this is and was a very special place. Stan.

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vipFamousFresser
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Went for Restaurant Week. Wanted to see the famous murals but didn’t really expect fabulous food. As it turned out, I was spot on.

Our table of four received one RW menu. Compared to other RW food I’ve had in the past, these portions were minuscule. So what? They were not particularly flavorful either. Only the brownie dessert had anyone saying, “Yum.”

Excellent espresso though. Interesting cocktails. And their special dinner rolls live up to their reputation! Wonderful service from a bustling staff was much appreciated.

If you go, don’t forget to request the key to the famous faces on the walls. Really fun!

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MARGARITAG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks so much, nice designe , tasty food, just come for restaurant week a little bit late of my reservation and did not get restaurant week menu because was late on 20 mins and did not have anymore for lunch..sad

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PatriciaZ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for the Restaurant Week menu. The food and service were excellent. The swordfish swimming in a pool of spicy hummus was delicious as was the pear and endive salad, and all topped off with a banana split which we enjoyed. Love experience. Can't wait to go back!!

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vipMarkW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Steak tartare entree portion. A wonderful intimate place for conversation, unobtrusive service and world class food. Love it.

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vipInquiringmind51
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing to say other than always a fabulous meal.

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vipjames
Seattle
153 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

NYC Restaurant Week lunch, food good, service friendly/attentive.
Venue very cozy/welcoming.
Would return, we were impressed!

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chacha
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Arrogant waitress: walked off with restaurant week menu and had to be called to provide one

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BryanKirk
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Sadly the food was bland for our entrees. We started with appetizers, scallops and a shrimp cocktail. Both were very good but it’s hard to mess up a shrimp cocktail. The scallops melted in our mouth.
Our entrees were the lobster risotto and the sole. Both were completely under seasoned, as if they forgot to salt at all. Sadly salting at the table is not the best way to season food.
Would we go back? Yes. The atmosphere alone is great.
Please tell the chef to taste his cooks food before sending it out. Bland food is unforgiving on my part.

JM
vipJoanM
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I went for a Restaurant Week lunch so the value was excellent even though I ordered wine and coffee which weren't included. I had a late reservation (1:30 pm) so it wasn't as crowded as it probably was earlier and it certainly wasn't noisy at that time. Service-wise I got water shortly after I sat down. Then it took a while for the waiter to take my order and I had to ask for bread. For the longest time, he was the only waiter I saw. The salad, grilled pear and endive, was really good. However, I finished the salad, the plate was cleared and the main course followed immediately. I don't want to wait a long time between courses, but would like a few minutes at least before the main course arrives; a chance to sit back and sip my wine. I had the pork schnitzel with red cabbage. They tasted very good, but the pork was a bit greasy; I could almost taste it. I've had schnitzel before and I've never seen it greasy. I still enjoyed the experience and will probably go back again as there was something on the regular lunch menu that I really want to try.

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vipWilson
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week menu was good, ambience was memorable and service was attentive and professional.

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vipBob123
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time here. Airport shuttle didn’t show up and they accommodated us being late. Great food, service and ambience.

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vipnorm
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always monkey bar has one of the most interesting and desiring menus for restaurant week as opposed to many other participating restaurants. food was excellent, well prepared. plating was excellent as well as service by staff.

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RossL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dad - a former New Yorker - is unimpressed with every single Manhattan restaurant. Walking out, he said this was the best meal he had in years.

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JoeyM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I went for Restaurant Week. It goes without saying the atmosphere is sensational. My server made great wine recommendations and was friendly (sorry I didn’t get his name to give him a shout out). Food was great. Cocktail was also super.

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AngeliaS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Irish hostess is super nice. I asked about the show, Younger, being filmed there. She shared a few details.

We had a great time there!

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vipNormaA
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect dinner after a long day.

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