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About 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.
New York, NY 10022
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30AM -3:00PM
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:30PM-11:00PM
Between Park and Madison
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a public parking lot on each side of Monkey Bar.
4,5,6,N,Q,R at 60th or E,M at 5th Ave and 53rd St.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Monkey Bar Ratings and Reviews
We visited the Monkey Bar on the evening of 30th December, there was no atmosphere in the restaurant, service poor and the presentation of food shocking, I’ve had better service at a fast food restaurant. The experience felt like this restaurant is facing difficult times with no care and attention offered to customers from staff that are clearly not interested.
The Monkey bar is a staple but never disappoints. It’s a great bar scene but the dining room is also charming and the food is excellent. Great service and an excellent bartender. It a sure bet for a first date or for hanging out. Beware, bar is very crowded during happy hour. I highly recommend it.
We love this place. It’s a jewel from the glory days of the night club scene in old New York. The Monkey Bar has good food and excellent cocktails. It’s a special occasion place while being fun and comfortable. Great artistic deals with monkeys are everywhere. The menu never changes but we’ve always loved our meals.
An iconic space; red leather booths all around the periphery; vintage caricatures of NYC denizens from the 1920s-1930s by renowned cartoonist Ed Sorel on three walls. The food was excellent -- tuna tartare exceptional starter; halibut was great; clams linguine with plenty of clams and even more (never enough) garlic. Service was also exceptional. A place to go to savor old NYC with the best of 21st century American cuisine. Will definitely return on next visit to Manhattan.
While we did enjoy our dinner at Monkey Bar, we felt neglected by serving staff once we had our food. For example, once we had our entrees, no one came to check on how they were. The food was excellent, especially the lobster bisque, so no complaints there. Granted, the restaurant was VERY busy, but more attentive service would have been nice.
Excellent meal and wonderful waiter. I was there with my wife and two clients and we all had a great time. The bar scene is millennial heaven if that is your thing. The restaurent in the back is much quieter and they have a lot of booths which makes dining more enjoyable. All in all an excellent experience.
I went to Monkey Bar with my tweens. It is not appropriate for children, but older tween/teen and adults will enjoy the ambiance and food.
I had the best Moscow Mule that I have ever tasted!! It was chilled perfectly and I tasted each ingredient and not one over powered the other. Highly recommend the Moscow Mule. I was under impressed by the wine by the glass menu. I was the only one drinking wine so a bottle was not an option.
Otherwise, everything was great!
I personally loved this place, however my husband found some of the staff rude (specifically the coat check staff who apparently weren't particularly helpful when it was time to claim our coats).
I loved the ambiance though. Though, for an upscale place people around the bar were dressed extremely casually, sort of brought down the vibe a bit.
Still great evening with friends and would do again.
Martinis were excellent. Glasses of Malbec and Montrchet were expensive and bland. Excellent food: lobster bisque (but they should offer sherry to add); and crispy oysters (but should offer plain tartare sauce rather than the spiced aioli); and sticky toffee cake. OK were the arancini and the strip steak,but nothing special for the price. Service was attentive.
Historic ambience is the biggest asset, especially of the bar.
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