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Monkey Bar

919 reviews
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$50 and over
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30AM -3:00PM
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:30PM-11:00PM
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Phone number
(212) 288-1010
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
Between Park and Madison
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Parking details
There is a public parking lot on each side of Monkey Bar.
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Public transit
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
What 919 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NielsH (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Excellent place. Fantactic atmosphere. Great food and drink.

Preholidaydinner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 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.

vipPatrickS (New York Area)
1.0  Dined 6 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.

Maimou (New York Area)
5.0  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

viplovedit (New Orleans)
5.0  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

taddy (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Allegra12 (New York Area)
4.0  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!

4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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

jbp3 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Pleasant dining in nice environment with superior service.

vipKoliam (New York Area)
1.0  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.

CeciliaS (New York Area)
4.0  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.

vipalxndrdvl (New York Area)
2.0  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.

EfiS (London)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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.

patnj (New York Area)
4.0  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.

vipkristinany7 (New York Area)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

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

luv21Club (New York Area)
5.0  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.

vipJulissa (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

vipRose (New York Area)
4.0  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.