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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.

60 East 54th Street
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30AM -3:00PM
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:30PM-11:00PM

Cross Street:
Between Park and Madison

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 288-1010

Website:
http://www.monkeybarnewyork.com/

Parking Details:
There is a public parking lot on each side of Monkey Bar.

Public Transit:
4,5,6,N,Q,R at 60th or E,M at 5th Ave and 53rd St.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Monkey Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (27)
Good for a Date (24)
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Business Meals (21)
Cozy (19)
People Watching (15)
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Fun (13)
Authentic (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Music (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Scenic View (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I went to dinner for Valentine’s Day. The food was delicious, loved the beautiful space, we could actually have a conversation without having to shout, and we were not rushed through our dinner. Very relaxing. Also, we liked that they were offering their regular menu, and we weren’t tied into a prix fixe menu.
Will definitely go there again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We (a party of three) went there for a business lunch and we had a very disappointing experience.
The food was really not great (the salmon carpaccio was dry, the halibut was way undercooked, my client only ate half of the risotto although he was really hungry).
Also, the service was poor and uncoordinated. They first brought plates which weren’t clean (two out of three!) and we had to ask to change them (I would have expected them to spontaneously do it, but no). After the starters, I had to ask twice for silverware and only after a polite complaint did we receive some attention.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I always go there to celebrate my birthday
First stop is to say hello to the monkeys
Then to the great food and ambience

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great drinks, great food, great service. The room is fun and full of great decorations. The people watching is interesting. Looking forward to coming back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food and service....classic nyc atmosphere....very little of this quality in the neighborhood

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I love the restaurant, we did the Restaurant Week and the menu was outstanding. Our server was exceptional! The only comment is that the busboys were to quick to clear the table before we were quite done with each course. I would recommend a little bit of a slow down!

Tags: People Watching, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Went for restaurant week lunch with co-workers. Very good all around experience.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Pleasant dining in nice environment with superior service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Came here for lunch during restaurant week. It's my 5-6 times dining @ Monkey Bar in the last 12 months and had never been disappointed until this time. I ordered Mahi Mahi and it came out pretty raw (you can see the bright red blood in the thicker part of the fillet). Unfortunately I didn't notice that until I had already finished 1/2 of the dish and I stopped eating. Alerted the server when he came pick up the finished plates that the fish was under-cooked, server simply replied "I will let the chef know", and that was pretty much it. No apologies, no compensation whatsoever. We came here to celebrate a colleague's birthday so didn't want to make a scene and I decided to let go. Despite the good experiences in the past, this single one instance of horrible custom service is enough to stop me and my colleagues from coming back to this restaurant again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Our waiter was very pleasant fellow; courteous, always had a smile on his face and bestowed just exact amount of attention. I wish I could say the same about those who transported our food, but they pale next to the waiter.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Very disappointing. Went for the 52$ New York Strip Steak which I ordered medium and came out well done. The restaurant has this charming old NY vibe but as for the food, the meat and sides were just average for the price point. Not going back.

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 (London)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Certainly a place with character!!
Lovely and unique ambience with exceptional staff
Food very good.
The best Moscow mule!
I keep coming each and every time I visit NY.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Feels like an old New York club. It’s expensive, but the food is quite good (not great), ambience is perfect and the service excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We went for a birthday celebration and were warmly welcomed. Our cocktails were delicious (a 54th special and a spiced rum chai). Two of us had the restaurant week menu: tasty soup followed by mahi mahi with an olive sauce, arugula and fingerling potatoes which was excellent, with lemon tart for desert. The other person had the lobster bisque and turbot. All the food was very good. Service was friendly and attentive and we were given plenty of time to open gifts between courses. The ambiance was great - we loved the decor. Great place for a celebration.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Was really looking forward to a meal at Monkey Bar, but unfortunately it was very disappointing. After taking our order (there were 5 of us), waiter came back twice to ask 2 of us what we had ordered. Then mahi mahi came out completely raw inside and it took a really long time to get anyone's attention to send it back to be fixed. We had to flag down a guy to refill our water glasses at one point--even though he was walking around with pitcher of water. Rest of food was quite good, but the kind of service I would expect from this place was definitely lacking, overall absent really. Maybe they were having an off day, but seemed really disorganized and wasn't the relaxing, easy, classic lunch we were all hoping for.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

While I had high expectations all were exceeded especially in the food quality and service areas.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The Monkey Bar is an all-time classic NYC restaurant and bar. It has a very unique
design style with murals on so many of the walls and many comfortable booths if you
prefer to be seated at one. It is not a modern, state of the art, twenty-first century
hot spot, but a cozy and historically quaint place to dine. At the same time, the menu is
very updated and trendy and the wait staff is more than accommodating.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Best roasted chicken I have had in years. Rack of lamb is also succulent.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Beautifully redone place dating back to fifties. Wonderful ambience, great service. Fish was excellent, pasta less so - not al dente as requested.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful dinner

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Monkey Bar is a great choice for restaurant week. The menu selections were great. My spinach salad and swordfish pallaird fantastic. Service was attentive but not over bearing. I highly recommend Monkey Bar for lunch for business as well as friends and family

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent dinner! Jan 25

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Went for a dinner during this restaurant week. Was seated immediately. Did not get drinks menu and waited 15 minutes to get a chance to ask for it. The cocktails took another 15-20 minutes. The app was good - mozzarella with prosciutto. For entree we ordered chicken and gnocchi. Chicken was dry. Gnocchi were good but the portion was for a toddler. For dessert we got sorbet and dark chocolate soufflé. Sorbet was good, soufflé was really dry.
Cocktail prices were ridiculous for their size.
The waiter did not ask us even once if everything was good or if we needed anything.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food and drinks as always

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Service and food were fantastic, would definitely go back. Only downside was the noise level and closeness of tables. We were seated next to a group that spent their entire time arguing and the language was pretty explicit. If our tables were not only a foot apart, we would not have probably noticed. Next time I would try to get a booth..

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The historic Monkey Bar! Our first visit with out-of-town guests did not disappoint. This stunning restaurant with its luminous murals of 1930s celebrities could be the highlight of a New York visit. We went for the Restaurant Week menu, which was great. Our waiter gave us the full tour of the wall paintings, as jazz music played. The restaurant is reached through a venerable painted bar: they do not offer happy hour discounts in the bar, but it's lovely and the staff are relaxed and friendly. We will go back as often as we can afford it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Overall it was fine. However my husbands chicken lunch was raw. Needed to be sent back. Waited about 20 minutes. Very awkward waiting while others ate. They did comp meal but still put downer on lunch time.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

The selection and quality of food was good. The ambience is great. My only hesitation about this restaurant is that there was a limited selection of wine on the wine list and what was offered was generally very expensive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

My daughter and I had a delicious and restful late lunch ... very happy with all aspects of dining experience!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The dinner menu was adjusted, moving from the traditional American flavor to spices not so American per se. Disappointing.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 16, 2018

We went pretheatre and did not have much time. Service was solicitous and excellent. Food arrived quickly and was excellent. All in all a great experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Ambiance; food; great decor; lighting; overall experience was quite pleasant. Easily recommend to anyone for any occasion.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Fun, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Walked in and told no tables available until 8pm
Went to bar opened open table and was able to book a table for 7pm - 15 min later
Disappointing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food, great location, excellent service. Have eaten there a number of times and never disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic New Year Eve. Sadly there was not duck in the menu

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Horrible value. Not worth it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

It was a wonderful place to have a Christmas Eve dinner

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The ambiance is delightful and the decor is fun. The tablecloths were way to big for the tables and sometimes when you moved you took the cloth with you - a tripping hazard!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Horrible service. Mediocre

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