Monkey Bar

4.5
1121 reviews
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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Terrible service

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AW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overall from the reviews it sounded as if this was a hot spot but it wasn't even close. The crowd was very old...very. The food was basic considering the price.

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CK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for early Mother’s Day w my sister My parents used to go there back in the day. We celebrated our parents who are no longer with us. A treat was meeting the original mural artist who happened to be dining at the sane time an over the top experience fir us! Food and service excellent

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bestie Trip 2019

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YP
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service as always and food was terrific. We had the halibut special.

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GE
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and professional, terrific service in a wonderful quintessential old NY establishment. Love sitting in the booths. Private, quiet and cozy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Quintessential NYC bar, never disappoints.

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a
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I do always lunches at the Monkey Bar, a classic NY City restaurant.

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h
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a wonderful time at the monkey bar. the service was great as was the food and ambience. we go there often and will continue to do so. the bar area is fun too. they have live piano music and it's very cozy. the main dining room is more formal and glamorous.

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was good about 10 years ago but I am sorry to say the menu was limited.....on a Saturday evening. Too dark to even read it! Offer small flashlights and reading glasses like Davios. My salad was extremely salty. Inedible. My friends liked their burgers. I expected better, frankly. I’ll be going to another restaurant next time. I think the Monkey Bar is a bit tired.
Did you change chefs? Owners?
Oh well.

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n
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dining room was dead on a Thurs pm
bar was vibrant
food and service good

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JN
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and fun restaurant. Salads are expensive and uninspired. Main dish was fine. Salad course was a disappointment. Thank you. Service was superb.

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RD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice lunch

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent.

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JK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was its usual excellent self, topped by a wait staff that left us discreetly alone when they understood that we were in for a long and romantic dinner, not an eat and run. The were observant, but stood back as needed. Superb. Tactful.

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LH
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the ‘old New York’ ambience. The Monkey Bar is always enjoyable!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, perfect for an intimate meal or business dinner when you want to actually hear the other person.
Food was great?

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Power lunch.

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M
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance at Monkey Bar! Went for lunch with friends and had a lovely time.

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DS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful iconic NYC restaurant, whose baretenders mix the best cocktails in town. Lovely dining room with lots of "monkey" decor touches and a wonderful mural. Love that the tables are well spaced so that you never feel crowded. Food was excellent, service attentive without being in your face. Everything prepared perfectly, as ordered, with no mishaps from the kitchen. Classic NYC dining at its best.

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C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, service and food. Can’t go wrong.

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PJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely ambience and varied menu. We sat in the bar area, a bit less noisy and business like than main room. Prices at lunch were extremely high, however. $40 for 5 sea scallops a tad over the top. If money no object a nice piece of nyc history.

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Y
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good cocktails

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

An overall great place to hang out. The piano bar was fun, the appetizers tasted great and the service was incredible. It was great in 2009 and just as good in 2019. I highly recommend it.

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IM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, classy and dignified atmosphere, excellent service, too pricey.

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r
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we have been here a few times before and it's a wonderful place for a special occasion. the food was delicious and the rom has a wonderful 1930"s NYC vibe. Make a date!!!

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PM
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a very good experience with good service and good food. My table for two was quiet and the decor, including the wonderful murals and monkey themed artisan pieces.

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J
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

We loved the ambiance but our waiter (really the bartender) was so rude and inattentive, it was shocking; he was more interested in acting like a guest than working. He was just ridiculous ... Our food was fine until we found a big hair in it. They did apologize and take that item off the bill. So, the place is really cute but they need to stop the attitude and pay attention to details.

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WD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spot in the area for old time fun and food. The Monkey Bar never disappoints. Great burgers, pastas and cocktails.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met my Fiancé here 3 years ago on first date so I have only had good experiences here!!

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

a beautiful room, friendly and patient service. the vibe was convivial but not crazy, all the wine by the glass top notch, and the cocktails looked excellent (and the bar room with a live pianist is worth a visit too!)

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g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Professionally polite waiters, timed food delivery well. Historic place, current vibe. Elegant!

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m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Poor service, inattentive and careless waitstaff. Food is delicious.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, cool old school but very elegant room, and good service. Possibly the best ceasar salad in Manhattan.

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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

A rather off-hand waiter and expensive but average food made this a less than perfect venue.

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DK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic NYC establishment that continues to deserve its position as "go to" when dining in midtown.

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T
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Sat us in the bar--loud conversations by neighboring patrons. Mediocre food but good service.

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I
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this restaurant and have already gone back for lunch
The ambiance is second to none - and the food and service is fabulous.
We are returning soon.

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j
Seattle
135 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good.
Service was excellent.
Room very warm/comfortable.
Would return.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service

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