Excellent place. Fantactic atmosphere. Great food and drink.
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.
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.
I always go there to celebrate my birthday
First stop is to say hello to the monkeys
Then to the great food and ambience
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
Great food and service....classic nyc atmosphere....very little of this quality in the neighborhood
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!
Went for restaurant week lunch with co-workers. Very good all around experience.
Pleasant dining in nice environment with superior service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While I had high expectations all were exceeded especially in the food quality and service areas.
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.
Best roasted chicken I have had in years. Rack of lamb is also succulent.
Beautifully redone place dating back to fifties. Wonderful ambience, great service. Fish was excellent, pasta less so - not al dente as requested.